Northeast Ohio is no stranger to cold weather no matter the time of year. We can be digging ourselves out of 18 inches of snow at 7 am and doing the same on our return home. Get ready for incredibly long commutes and enjoy going to work and coming home in the dark…oh the bliss of living in Cleveland. And they wonder why we are such a tenacious crowd?
But it isn’t all bad; there are Browns games to enjoy while stew simmers in the crockpot. We can get comfy in our favorite sweaters and wrap up in a cozy blanket. All in all, it really isn’t so bad if you are good at seeking out warming comforts to get you through the unpredictable weather.
After many years of shivering, I am telling you, my friends, there is no better way to stay warm and soothed than sipping hot water throughout the day. I discovered this trick a few years ago and quite frankly, it has changed my outlook on our subzero temperatures. Here’s the kicker…sipping hot water has a number of health benefits, too! I completely understand the whole drink plenty of water idea, but with the addition of some heat, you can get some promising health benefits out of it. Here are some of the most common health benefits that sipping hot water can have!
Sipping hot water has a vasodilator effect, which means the blood flow towards your intestines is increased, aiding in digestion. Hot water has a faster hydrating effect. If you’re sipping hot water during or after a meal, it will actually make things more easily digestible.
It might be common sense, but sipping hot water raises your core body temperature, causing your body to sweat and eliminate toxins. One of the extra health benefits of drinking hot water is that it can help balance all of the acidic foods we are prone to eating during the day.
We know that sipping hot water on its own won’t make you lose weight, but it will certainly aid in the process. Sipping hot water first thing in the morning jump-starts your metabolism, which gives your body the power to burn more calories during the day.
The health benefits for hot water even extend to sinus problems and irritating stuffy noses. The higher the temperature of the liquid you’re drinking, the faster your body can move mucus through your body. Sipping hot water can make a real impact when it comes to nasal congestion.
Now I know what you are thinking, who would enjoy sipping hot water? I do from time to time but for the most part, I prefer a little flavor. You can add anything your heart desires to a mug and fill it with water from the instant hot side of your water cooler, let it steep for a few minutes and enjoy a lightly flavored tea. I do this every day from pretty much September to April and I have found a few favorite flavors along the way.
You will want to be careful to avoid burns. I suggest using the instant hot side of your water cooler, as it seems to supply just the right temperature- more than mildly warm but not scalding. I have read numerous recommendations that encourage a cup first thing in the morning and then sip throughout the day as you see fit. I am neither a dietician nor a doctor, but I have found that enjoying a cup shortly before a meal helps me slow down and suppresses my hunger slightly.
I would like to challenge you to try sipping hot water for a week this winter. I am willing to bet you will find the same warming comfort that I have and hopefully, get through Cleveland’s unpredictable cold weather just a bit more comfortably.
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