Drinking water is essential. That is a no-brainer. But alternative health advocates have been stressing on the importance of drinking hot water.
There is little scientific evidence suggesting that hot water has benefits. Conversely, drinking it can have some serious side effects.
In this post, we will discuss how drinking hot water might harm you.
Let’s have a look at the serious side effects of drinking hot water:
1. Water Balance Is Crucial To The Body:
Water is the elixir of life. Almost 70 percent of the human body consists of water. It hydrates the body and keeps the organs well flushed. We are often told that consuming six-eight glasses of water is a must. This is not so. Like most things in excess, even too much amount of water too can be harmful.
2. Hot Water Has More Contaminants
Warm/hot water directly from the tap can be full of contaminants. If the pipes are old and rusted, then the chances of lead poisoning are very high. Also, contaminants readily dissolve and to a far greater extent in hot water than cold water. So, do not use hot water directly from the faucet under any circumstance. Instead, take cold water from the tap and heat it in a kettle and then consume.
3. Hot Water Can Scald:
Sometimes consuming hot water can be harmful and can easily scald the lips and the lining of the mouth, causing minor burns. It is best to first try a small amount of hot water and check its temperature before gulping it down.
4. Hot Water Can Also Injure Internal Linings:
If hot water can cause blisters in the mouth, then it can also damage the sensitive lining of the esophagus and digestive tract. It can have a far reaching effect on your internal organs because the temperature of hot water is higher than the body temperature.
5. Drink When You Feel Thirsty:
Studies have shown that if you drink too much hot water when you are not thirsty, chances are that it could affect your concentration levels. Drink only when you have the urge. Too much water can cause brain cells to swell leading to further complications.
6. Surplus Intake Disturbs Sleep:
Consumption of unnecessary amounts of hot water, particularly before retiring for the night can also lead to affected sleep patterns as the need to visit the toilet at night increases, disturbing sleep.
7. More Can Damage Kidneys:
The kidneys have a specialized capillary system to flush out excess water from your body. They do not become cleaner if you think that consuming excess hot water can help filter the toxins from your system. On the contrary, excessive amounts of water can cause damage because of more work that is required to be done by the system. This leads to the deterioration of kidneys over a period of time.
8. Additional Water Affects Blood Volumes:
Ingesting more than the required amount of hot water increases the total volume of your blood. The circulatory system is a closed system and unnecessary pressure has to be borne by your blood vessels and heart.
9. Excess Water Dilutes Electrolytes:
If there is excess water in the system, the electrolytes in the blood can become more diluted than that in the cells. Water from the blood will be drawn into the cells to maintain the balance between the blood and cells. This will result in the swelling of your cells. In the brain, this will exert cranial pressure and cause headaches and other problems.
10. Overindulgence Can Lead To Breathlessness:
Hot water, if consumed without being aware of how much is being consumed, can lead to several complications as seen above. Ultimately the pressure on your brain and circulatory system can result in breathlessness and serious internal injury.