The benefits of drinking hot H2O

We've all heard how great water is for your body and your skin, but right now it's to cold to guzzle down gallons of chilled water. Editor Trudi Brewer reveals why and how she likes to drink her water heated.

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Here’s how to spice up that cup of hot water

Add the juice of 1/2 a freshly squeezed lemon or lime, and 1/4 of a teaspoon of freshly sliced turmeric. Add a pinch red chili powder or cayenne (this boosts metabolism), and three thinly-sliced pieces of fresh ginger root. Place ingredients into a teapot of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, pour in a cup, and add honey to taste.

For quenching your thirst, relieving cramps, and constipation, and to stop you visiting that snack machine after 3 pm, always have a cup of hot H2O on the go. Spice it up with turmeric, ginger and a slice of lime, and you have the best nourishing, and cleansing herbal infusion.

Warm water gets your body working better

Sipping water all day does improve your digestion, but it's hard work. Keeping your body hydrated ensures nutrients are delivered to the body, and the food you eat is digested well. If your body lacks this hydration, it will slow down the digestion process, which in turn may cause constipation and also confuse the kidneys, which cleanse the body and are the reason you feel thirsty. Hot water works just as quickly as cold, and it's easier to drink during winter.

It boosts energy

If you're dehydrated, you will feel lethargic, and every movement takes a massive effort. Your body craves water to function at its peak, upping your intake raises your energy levels, and prevent muscle fatigue.

Your kidneys will thank you

Water helps transport waste in and out of the cells in your body. The main toxins pass through the kidneys, so If you're not drinking lots of water, these toxins stay in the kidneys and can cause kidney stones, which are extremely painful and often needs medical attention to remove.

Water is excellent for weight loss

Water hot or cold is great for keeping your body weight balanced. When you think you're hungry, during the day, you may be thirsty. The brain signals for both are very similar. Satisfy those cravings, with water - instead of drinking calories in juice or energy drinks (save your calories for healthy food, and a glass of wine).

Remember to eat water-rich foods

Soups, are ideal during winter for lunch and try a chopped salad of cucumber and lettuce with your healthy soup instead of bread. This fills you up faster while also hydrating your body at the same time.

Water is excellent for your face

Staying hydrated works from the inside out and has the power to cleanse your skin. Well-hydrated skin will have less visible fine lines, fewer breakouts, and won't appear dull and sallow.

Our favourite hot water winter recipe

Add the juice of 1/2 a freshly squeezed lemon or lime, and 1/4 of a teaspoon of freshly sliced turmeric. Add a pinch red chili powder or cayenne (this boosts metabolism), and three thinly-sliced pieces of fresh ginger root. Place ingredients into a teapot of boiling water, let it steep for a few minutes, pour in a cup, and add honey to taste.