ARE YOU GETTING YOURSELF INTO HOT WATER?
Good Tuesday morning, everyone.
Today’s baby step is simple. Notice I didn’t say easy. It may be easy for some and difficult for others. It involves water. Good old H2O. Our bodies must have it. Most of us don’t get enough of it and we mistake being thirsty for being hungry. But how do you drink your water? Hot or cold?
Recently I was reading in “The Yoga Body Diet: Slim and Sexy in 4 weeks” by Kristen Schultz Dollard and John Douillard, DC, PhD. (I have not finished it yet – it’s taking me longer than 4 weeks to read the book 🙂 ) I came to a screeching halt when I came across the chapter, “1. Hydrate with Warm Water.” Warm you say? I just thought that water was water, hot or cold. Apparently, I’m wrong.
I have read many times that drinking cold water would boost your metabolism because the body has to work hard to bring the water temp to body temp. But it seems that cold water slows down your digestive system. The cold water (or cold tea or soda if you are still drinking them) “causes the muscles and blood vessels in your gastrointestinal tract to freeze.” (pg. 17) Wow! I want to have a healthy gut, not a sluggish gut. “Warm water, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles and dilates the blood vessels. The dilation allows the breakdown and absorption of the contents of your meal to occur more efficiently. Cold water puts stress on the digestive system, while warm water removes the stress.
Also, according to the authors, warm water is a natural detoxifier. Warm water cleans up impurities as it travels through your digestive system. That amounts to a cleanse every meal but without the special diet or buying those costly cleansing products. I’m thinking drinking hot water at my meals is not only beneficial but it’s economical too. That’s a clean eating win-win in my book.
I’m not saying to give up cold water. There is nothing better after a hard workout or coming in from the sun than a nice cool drink of water. I’m just talking about at meals – three times a day, drink hot water with your meals. Try it, you might like it. I know your body will.
Bye for now.