3-Ingredient Ginger Lemon Water (Minimalist Baker)
In the Indian medicine of Ayurveda, practitioners recommend drinking warm or hot water, over cold. Obviously on a hot day, you may prefer a soda now and then. But for regular drinking, hot water is sometimes a good idea, to help a variety of issues including beauty ones (skin etc). Let’s find out how why. Even if you are not sure, this is something free to try, and won’t do you any harm. If you don’t fancy drinking plain hot water, you can of course add a little lemon juice, or just drink a weak herbal tea.
If you drink herbal teas, check contraindications, as many cannot be taken for pregnancy or medical conditions. Choose organic teas without plastic or nylon string, so they can be composted. Never leave cotton string from teabags in the garden, they can tangle/harm birds and wildlife.
Drinking warm or hot water raises your body temperature, and you may find that you temporarily sweat more, but this is a natural bodily function to clear out toxins (which is why it’s not good to use anti-perspirants that stop sweating, but natural deodorant instead).
The Benefits of Drinking Hot Water
- Weight loss. Drinking warm water helps clear your system of gunk in your stomach. Think of it like washing the dishes. You would not use cold water to dissolve grease and stuck-on yuck, and warm water works the same, helping to break down fat tissues and wash away undigested food. This can reduce everything from belly fat, to a bloated face.
- Beauty. Warm water is also good for your nails. Hair is around 25% water, so it can help frizzy hair and dandruff (caused by a dry scalp). People who have oily skin or acne, find that it clears up quicker, when drinking warm water.
- Helps constipation. A cup or two of warm water in the morning can get your bowels moving.
- Helps pain. Drinking warm water can rehydrate bones and joints, to help arthritis, cramps and headches, as well as relieving congested sinues and easing colds & coughs.
- Better sleep. A nice herb tea can help you sleep, and keep you hydrated through the night. Many people who find that the urge to get up to pee in the night, disappears when they switch to warm or hot water. This is because it’s easier on the digestion, before bed.