Hot water benefits our body and health in many ways. By hot water, I mean boiling water or water heated to less than the boiling point. But not just warm water. In most cases, Lukewarm water is not that useful.
Some of the major areas include
- Combating cold
- Treatment of rectal fissures or piles
- Minimizing body pains
- To relieve inflammation
- To combat cough
- Cleaning of ears.
Hot Water Benefits
Hot water is useful for the treatment of many health problems.
When you have symptoms of cold, you would be given some anti-histamine tablets besides paracetamol. But, you will find it a surprise that inhaling hot water steam drenched with some menthol or eucalyptus extract would give a sense of relief from cold instantly.
This hot water steam gets into your respiratory tract and helps it dilate and you will be free from congestion and difficulty in breathing.
If you do this twice a day, you will overcome flu symptoms in just two days in most cases. For this, I also combine bresol tablets to overcome infection.
When you suffer from a cold, the nasal congestion and stuffy nose go off, leaving you comfortable than before. So drink hot water when you suffer from cold.
You can even have hot water bottles to carry to the workplace. They retain heat for longer times.
Even having a hot water bath helps overcome cold in terms of body pains, headaches, etc.
For Piles and fissures
This is really magical remedy. I have seen people take pilex medication but are not aware of sitting in hot water exposing their bums. Sitting so for a period of 10 min. twice in a day will help one overcome the sense of pain due to piles.
Even it leads to a quick recovery. Even if you undergo surgery for piles or fistula, sitting in hot water will help you overcome the intense pain quickly.
For body pains and skin.
One can develop body pains due to rigorous exercises or in the gym. Sometimes due to physical injury due to falling or hit by something. In such cases, your skin will be bruised and you suffer from intense pain.
You can overcome these body pains with hot water. For this, one needs to take boiled water, dip a cloth in it and after squeezing, apply the hot cloth onto the painful area. You will notice that pain disappears instantly.
Another way is to heat the cloth on a pan and then put the hot cloth over the painful area on the skin. But this is not comfortable as the hot cloth can injure your skin with burns. It also loses heat faster than the cloth dipped in hot water.
To relieve inflammation
Due to severe physical work or being beaten up, there are chances to develop inflammation in the whole body. In such a condition, a hot water bath gives immense relief.
To combat cough
If you have a cough, drinking hot water relieves congestion of the nose, throat and lungs. The number of coughs will reduce as the throat is relieved of the urge to cough.
If you are working, you can carry hot water to the workplace and drink a small amount at infrequent intervals to relieve cold and cough.
When you have a sore throat, the way to get relief from it is by gargling with hot water. You can even add lemon or salt to this water. Even there are marketed formulations with antiseptic ingredients. But in most cases, hot water gargling is sufficient.
Cleaning of ears.
If you have pain in the ear due to wax accumulation, then a hot water flush is done. Initially, you can use some wax loosening liquids as an ear drop for few days. Once you feel the wax is removable, take a hot water wash into the ear.
I would advise taking the help of a nurse or doctor for this. A rush of hot water into the ear removes the wax in a flush. You will be relieved of ear pain once the irritable wax is removed.