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Healing Powers And Benefits Of Hot Water

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The therapeutic value and other benefits of hot water is something that we are all aware of, it has been used by the Chinese, Indians and people from the other parts of the Southeast Asian countries.

Water is the most receptive element and hence acts as a great receiver for energy. It also has a number of distinctive thermodynamic properties and health benefits. Hot Water stores a tremendous amount of caloric energy, which it powerfully transfers to the bodies it comes in contact with. Water’s powerful influence on the heat distribution patterns of the body can profoundly affect circulation patterns as well. So, water’s impact on the body and its functions are powerful and direct. Water’s impact is all the more powerful when one considers the fact that it can also be delivered to the whole body simultaneously through total immersion.

Why Is Hot Water Beneficial?

Hot water is stimulating, raises the body temperature slightly, but at the same time also very relaxing and dispersing, especially to the muscles, joints and blood vessels. Benefits of hot water are plenty. It opens the pores, induces sweating, and can penetrate the skin and muscles quite deeply. Hot water can also ripen latent boils, abscesses or skin eruptions and bring them to the surface for release. Hot water also draws the body’s circulation outwards, opening up the pores and capillaries. However, prolonged immersion in extremely hot water is not recommended.

Hot Water Hydrotherapy

Hot water hydrotherapy is beneficial because in a reflexive response to external heat, your body creates changes that help keep the body cool, including dilating blood vessels to increase the blood flow, moving blood flow to the extremities and the surface of the skin, opening the pores, stimulating sweat glands and relaxing muscles.

Advantages of Hot Water Bath/Soak

For a short period of time, a hot bath will cause organs of the endocrine system to become less active, particularly the adrenal gland, and can decrease blood pressure. This produces a relaxed, less stressful state and helps soothe the nervous system. Benefits of Hot baths include relaxation, promotion of blood flow, quick healing process, toning of the body, stimulating the immune system, and alleviating muscle, joint or connective tissue disorders and injuries. Generally a hot soak can prevent headaches, improve sleep and relieve stress.

By increasing the blood flow in the body, a hot bath helps the circulation of white blood cells, enabling the immune system to work faster and more efficiently. A hot soak increases the production of endorphins or body’s pain killers which are associated with euphoria and happiness. Endorphins also stimulate the immune system, reduce pain, and help tissues heal faster.

The National Sleep Foundation reports that soaking in a hot tub before bed can ease the transition into deeper, more comfortable sleep. The deep, relaxing sensation you get from time spent soaking in a hot tub helps release tension and starts you on the path to a restful slumber. Once you’re immersed in warm water, your body’s temperature is raised, which increases blood circulation. When you leave the hot tub, your core temperature lowers slowly, signaling to the body that it’s time to sleep.

If you have been in an accident, or had recent surgery, recovery time can be improved in a hot tub.Soaking, floating and using buoyancy to practice mobility exercises, along with stretching affected area(s) will allow skin and muscles to loosen and relax. Medical professionals suggest warmth to increase circulation and assist healing. Time in a warm hot tub, especially those equipped with soothing jets, helps increase circulation so the blood can supply nutrients to help cells and tissues regenerate.

An Arthritis Foundation publication related to spas, pools and arthritis states, “Regular sessions in your hot tub keep joints moving. It restores and preserves strength and flexibility, and also protects your joints from further damage.”
For the millions of Americans with Arthritis and other joint problems, hot tubs provide relief by loosening muscles and reducing stiffness. Areas of the body which have suffered stress or trauma also respond well to hot water and massage jets.

Hot Tubs reduce pain for sore athletes or those injured in accidents. Those with chronic pain from Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue syndrome are also finding hot tubs to reduce their symptoms. Migraines, tendonitis, back and neck pain – all can be helped with regular use of your hot tub.

Hot Water Vapor

Inhaling hot water vapor (steam) has a positive effect on the lungs and can help clear respiratory infections. The moist, hot air causes the small airways and air sacs in the lungs to dilate and increases the lung’s ability to discharge phlegm and mucus. Generally inhaling vapor can also help people breathe in more easily.

Hot Spring

Soaking in a hot spring can be wonderful therapy, for a number of reasons. The heat and subsequent sweating have a deeply cleansing effect on our skin and entire body-mind system. The specific mineral content of the spring will offer its unique benefits. If the spring is in a relatively natural environment, chances are we’re receiving the qi (life-force energy) of all five elements: earth (the ground in which the spring is held); metal (the various minerals in the spring-water); water (the water itself); wood (the surrounding trees, and/or the wooden benches etc. surrounding the spring); and fire (the heat of the water, and the sun overhead). As such, hot springs have the capacity to balance and harmonize our body, mind, quite naturally.

[Read: 10 Benefits Of Drinking Water On An Empty Stomach]

6 Ways Hot Water Can Help Common Ailments

1. Hot Water For Digestion

A very warm cup of water in the morning can help cleanse your body by flushing out toxins. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep the digestive system on track. Warm water will help break down these foods even faster, making them easier for you to digest.

Drinking cold water during or after a meal can actually harden the oil in consumed foods and therefore create a fat deposit in the intestine. Adding ice to processed cold water will strip it of natural-containing minerals, as these minerals are essential to keeping the digestive tract healthy. Luckily, you can replace a glass of cold water with a warm one to aid digestion, especially after eating a meal.

Hot water flowing through the digestive tract helps to dissolve impurities and cleanse the digestive and eliminative systems. The result is an improvement in digestion and assimilation of food, improved elimination, and prevention of the formation of ama.

2. Aids Constipation

The strain felt during elimination, accompanied by bloating, is brought on by a lack of water in the body. Drinking very warm water in the morning on an empty stomach can help improve bowel movements and aid constipation while breaking down foods as they smoothly pass through the intestines. Stimulating the bowels will help return your body back to normal functioning.

3. Alleviates Pain

Warm water, considered to be nature’s most powerful home remedy, can help alleviate pain from menstruation to headaches. The heat from warm water is known to have a calming and soothing effect on the abdominal muscles, which can help provide instant relief for cramps and muscle spasms. Warm or hot water is usually better for cramps, as hot liquids increase blood flow to the skin and help relax the cramped muscles.

4. Drink Hot Water For Weight Loss

If you’re on a diet, chances are you’ve heard drinking a glass of warm water first thing in the morning can help with weight loss. Warm water increases body temperature, which therefore increases the metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic rate allows the body to burn more calories throughout the rate. It can also help the gastrointestinal tract and kidneys to function even better. Drinking a glass of warm water with lemon will help break down the adipose tissue, or body fat, in your body, and also control food craving due to lemon’s pectin fiber.

5. Improves Blood Circulation

The fat deposits in the body are eliminated along with accumulating deposits in the nervous system when you drink a glass of warm water. This flushes out the toxins that are circulating throughout the body and then enhances blood circulation. Making sure the muscles are relaxed will eliminate poor circulation and blood flow. hot water is absorbed into the circulatory system and travels throughout the entire body. The extra warmth and fluid aids in opening all the various channels of circulation, dissolving accumulated impurities and washing them from the body.

6. Halts Premature Aging

The presence of toxins in the body can lead to aging faster, but warm water can help cleanse the body from those toxins, while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity. Women will always benefit because they [have] more hormones to contend with, making constipation more of an issue.

[Read: Is It Good To Drink Warm Water During Pregnancy?]

Conclusion

To reap the health benefits of hot water, drink it every morning plain or with a lemon for taste. Drinking straight hot water can potentially be damaging to the tissue in the mouth and esophagus. After boiling water, be sure to let it cool for a few minutes before you start consuming. Also, always check with your prescribing physician before drinking warm water if you’re on any medications that could impact the efficacy of your medications.

Drinking hot water (water which just cool enough to be sipped comfortably) is especially helpful during vata and kapha season. During the hot summer months, warm or room-temperature water may be preferred, especially for those with pitta body types or with pitta-related disorders.

Ideally, Ayurveda recommends that water be boiled for ten minutes. Boiling the water allows excessive minerals deposits and impurities to precipitate out and increases the water’s lightness and its cleansing influence. A slice of fresh ginger root, a pinch of turmeric or a few fennel seeds may be added to the boiling water if desired. These herbs can help increase the cleansing influence of the water in your system.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

CureJoy Editorial

The CureJoy Editorial team digs up credible information from multiple sources, both academic and experiential, to stitch a holistic health perspective on topics that pique our readers' interest.

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160 comments
Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

Yes in China v want to drink cold water but v can't get because they drink hot water .As much as I know drinking hot water keeps u slim

Becka Hall
Becka Hall 5pts

I think there's a Chinese medicine man that once said 'if we stopped drinking cold water/liquid, all our bodily issues would heal..' I'm sure I read that somewhere

Alan Lee
Alan Lee 5pts

Do you have any article on the goodness of cold water?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Could be a preference :)

Alan Lee
Alan Lee 5pts

What about cold water? I do not know why, but cold water seems to work better for me. Maybe because I live in Asia and it is very hot most of the time?

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Good practice! Pratik Lal :)

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

It is exactly comments like these that keep us going! :) Mara Kelle

Pratik Lal
Pratik Lal 5pts

There are so many things that are really handy and do wonders; Lukewarm (Not very hot) water is one of them! I drink it with lemon and apple cidar vinegar every morning...

Mara Kelle
Mara Kelle 5pts

Thanks Ayurveda, i learn a lot and teach it to my motherland! God bless

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Thanks :) Narmadha Rajalakshmi

Ayurveda
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Please ask your questions to our expert here: https://www.curejoy.com/askaquestion/ , Whatever you post here is strictly confidential and only seen by expert Ayurveda doctors. you can talk to our experts about it! :)

Chris Anthony Hebert
Chris Anthony Hebert 5pts

Wado.. Thank you, I am looking for ayurvedic remedies that could help people with Dizziness.. do you have info..

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Glad we could help! :) Chris Anthony Hebert

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

True! Arun Kumar Thinaharan :)

Chris Anthony Hebert
Chris Anthony Hebert 5pts

Thank you for this info.. Nice words Water is the most receptive element!!

石水
石水 5pts

ah ah ah ha hah ah!!!! you are living on clouds ah ahah ah!!!!!

Prisca Crawford
Prisca Crawford 5pts

No one pushes ANYONE to do ANYTHING! Ultimately, we ALL make our own decisions. Blaming others for ANYTHING is a cowardly way to avoid taking responsibility for our own actions, and that is giving someone power over us - how demeaning... I have chosen not to drink anything except for water and tea for three years now, and that's my choice, although living in the USA. The USA has no power to change the European culture. This is the most absurd thing I read today. I'm Dutch by the way... \U0001f337

Prisca Crawford
Prisca Crawford 5pts

There's nothing as helpful for me to relief my backpain, than heat. I either use a heat pad or I lay in the bathtub, in very warm to hot water. Not only it helps me with my back pain, but with many other ailments and aches. There's something about hot water, it's like it's rebooting my body \U0001f60a I also LOVE-LOVE soups and teas. Teas ALL day long! \U0001f60a

Bonita Dziuk-Robinson
Bonita Dziuk-Robinson 5pts

Adding mustard powder spice 2 tub best. Too hot melts skin & hair oils off causing dryness

Nisha Gulati
Nisha Gulati 5pts

Plz tell me main daily garam paani pee rehe thi sara din weight bhi kamm ho gaya tha pur kisi ne mughse keha k garam pani se knee ki greece khatam ho jati hai aur face ka bhi glow khatam ho jata hai kyunki garam pani bodyoil ko khatam kar deta hai main bhut confused hu plz tell me

Reina Roberts
Reina Roberts 5pts

Hot water with Herbs is called ; hot tea good for the body

Sylvia Maldonado
Sylvia Maldonado 5pts

I have a client that still drinks hot water with every meal.....

Jenni Taylor
Jenni Taylor 5pts

I knew there was something to this- now I know

Joyce Pedroso
Joyce Pedroso 5pts

Pray for us Mary please let my blue folder be in church in the name of jesus.i need my papers lord thank you amen