Many people wake up thirsty and prefer to start the day with a glass of warm water. Not only does it help quench thirst, but it’s also believed to have numerous health benefits including “promoting weight loss, aiding digestion and even stimulating the kidneys for active filtration.”
This is exactly what Dr Vaishali Shukla, the founder of Vedamri, shared on Instagram, adding that “the right way to drink warm water is to reduce two glasses of water to 1 cup, let it cool and then drink.”
“If this is not possible to do on an empty stomach in the morning, you can boil ½ tablespoon of dry ginger powder or 1 inch stick of dry ginger in 2 cups of water and reduce it to half. Drink it between breakfast and lunch. In the morning, it can be continued with regular warm water, without lowering it halfway,” she added.
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According to the Cleveland Clinic, drinking warm water in the morning can help with constipation because “your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a big muscle, so the heat of the water relaxes the GI tract a bit to help things like constipation.”
However, Karishma Shah, and integrative nutritionist and Ayurveda expert, said that “there is no difference in the effects of drinking warm water or regular water or cold water. each the temperature water is good, as long as you drink water after you wake up.” she said Indianexpress.com.
Dr Pradeep Rao, director and head of the urology department at Global Hospital, agreed, and pointed out that the temperature of drinking water does not make much difference.
“Drinking water at different temperatures (hot or cold) usually has no effect on body. This is because, by the time it reaches the stomach lining, the temperature has already reached body temperature. But, it can affect the upper respiratory tract; so drinking cold water when you have a bad cold is definitely not a good idea. So when people say that drinking warm water in the morning helps the body, that’s a myth.” he said, adding that while hydration is of utmost importance, drinking too much water can also have a negative effect on the body.
“But it goes without saying that the body needs more water in the summer, especially after an exercise session, staying in the sun for a long time or sweating excessively. Again, the temperature of the water doesn’t matter, what matters is that you keep your body hydrated. Keep that water bottle close, especially in the heat – and you’ll thank yourself later,” he continued.
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