Health Checkup & wellness

The first general measure recommended by AYUSH for boosting immunity is to drink warm water throughout the day.  Regularly drinking warm water, especially in the morning, heals our bodies, provides digestive power, and reduces metabolic waste which gets built up in our immune system.  Drinking warm water in the morning with a polyphenol-rich lemon immersion decreases free radical activity in the body. 

Drinking warm water may not suit the taste buds, but it has the following beneficial effects on your health:

Improves blood circulation:

Warm water eliminates fat deposits in the body. The toxins are flushed out which are circulating throughout the body thus enhancing blood circulation.

Cleanses digestion:

A cup of warm water in the morning flushes out toxins and cleanse the body. Water and other liquids help in breaking down the food in the stomach and keep the digestive system on track

 Aids constipation:

Drinking warm water on empty in the morning helps improve bowel movements and aid constipation while breaking down foods as they smoothly pass through the intestines.

Alleviates pain:

The heat from warm water has a calming and soothing effect on the abdominal muscles which can help in instant relief from cramps and muscle spasms. It is also reported that warm water increases blood flow to the skin and helps relax the cramped muscles.

Sheds excess pounds:

Warm water increases body temperature and thus increases the metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic rate allows the body to burn more calories. Due to lemon’s pectin fiber, a glass of warm water and lemon helps break down body fat.

Halt's premature aging:

The toxins in the body can lead to faster aging. Warm water help cleanse the body, while repairing skin cells to increase elasticity.

For getting the potential health benefits of warm water, always consume it every morning. It should be lukewarm and not hot water, as hot water damages tissues in the mouth and esophagus. After boiling water, be sure to let it cool for a few minutes before you start consuming it.

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Ms. Rajkumari Sahane. M.Pharm. 

The writer is Research Associate in Pharmacology and is an academician with 15 years of research & teaching experience