Easier on your teeth
Your teeth may thank you for switching from cold to warm water. According to Sanda Moldovan, MS, DDS, warm water is better for the teeth and restorations, and is more easily absorbed. “Certain white filling materials contract in response to cold water, causing fillings to debond off the tooth,” explains Moldovan. Again, make sure your water isn’t too hot. Any extreme temperature on the teeth can be detrimental, so try to drink your water at room temperature to keep your pearly whites happy.
Better for digestion
Warm water has a vasodilator effect, meaning it widens the blood vessels and stimulates the blood flow to rush toward the intestine, aiding the digestive process. “Drinking it on an empty stomach in the morning speeds right through your digestive system to the bowels where it is needed,” says cardiologist Luiza Petre, MD. But the digestive health benefits of warm water don’t stop there. It has a faster hydrating effect, so when it is followed by a meal the temperature helps emulsify fats, making them more digestible. Here are some weird facts about the digestive system you might not know.
Helps clear out toxins
A drink of hot water raises the core body temperature, stimulating the sweating process, which is one of the way the body eliminates toxins. When consumed on a regular basis with lemon added to it, hot water helps balance all the acidic foods we ingest daily, says Dr. Petre. If you’re not a fan of lemon, try green tea, which may decrease free radical activity in the body. Look out for these signs your liver is in big trouble.