Drinking hot water is said to provide a variety of health benefits. Most people who drink hot water for holistic benefits do so first thing in the morning or just before bed.
It is important to understand that hot water should not be so hot that it burns your taste buds. However, consuming too much hot water also has negative side effects. Here are some harmful effects of hot water consumption.
Side effects of drinking hot water:
harm to the kidney
Strong capillaries in the kidneys remove toxins and extra water from the body. The kidneys will come under pressure due to the increased speed at which they work if you consume too much hot water.
Dehydration from drinking hot water puts the kidneys at risk. Moreover, it would put more strain on the kidneys, overloading them as a result. Your kidneys will eventually suffer.
Possible additional contaminants
There is more research needed on this topic. However, heated tap water could be contaminated. Metal components can be found in hot water systems like tanks or boilers. These have the potential to corrode and foul the water they contain. Cold water takes longer to dissolve these impurities than hot water.
Cold water takes much longer to dissolve the substance inside than hot water. The long-term consequences of this can be problematic. Drinking hot water can have unintended bodily consequences. You should be careful if you tend to drink hot water.
Impairs the ability to concentrate
According to studies, if you drink too much hot water when you’re not thirsty, it can affect your ability to concentrate. Drink it only when you feel the need. Drinking too much water can cause brain cells to swell, which can lead to other problems.
Overconsumption affects sleep
Consuming excessive amounts of hot water, especially right before bed, can potentially impact sleep patterns by increasing the number of nighttime trips to the bathroom, which can interrupt sleep.
Drinking hot water can sometimes be dangerous and quickly burn the lips and the inside of the mouth, causing small burns. Before swallowing a large quantity of hot water, it is important to test a small quantity first and measure its temperature.
Internal liners can be affected by hot water
Hot water can damage the delicate lining of the esophagus and digestive tract so it can create mouth sores. Because hot water is hotter than body temperature, it can have a significant impact on your internal organs.
Blood volumes are affected by supplemental water
Consuming more hot water than necessary increases your blood volume. Because the circulatory system is blocked, your heart and blood vessels have to bear any additional pressure.
Electrolytes are diluted by excess water
Electrolytes in the blood can become more dilute than those in the cells if there is too much water in the body. To maintain the balance between blood and cells, the water in the blood will be drawn into the cells. Your cells will enlarge as a result of this. This will put pressure on the brain, leading to headaches and other problems.
Shortness of breath can result from overindulgence
If hot water is taken carelessly, it can cause the problems listed above and other problems as well. Ultimately, the strain on your brain and circulatory system can cause shortness of breath and serious bodily harm.
First Published: December 31, 2022, 5:09 PM IST