Our Verdict: Is drinking hot water simply a lifestyle choice?
Not too much research has been conducted to test the benefits of hot water over cold, so it’s best to weigh up the potential gains and the scientific evidence that has been done, before deciding what’s best for you. The good news is, whatever you decide, drinking hot water that’s sanitary is totally safe and any water that’s drinkable will help you keep hydrated.
If you do want to switch from cold to hot, making the habit stick is a cinch – when you get up in the morning, simply boil a kettle, add your choice of ingredients, such as lemon and drink up! Drinking water is a far better way to begin the day than tea or coffee that can deplete your adrenal glands and because you’ll be heating it, you’ll still be able to enjoy a steaming hot beverage.
It’s vital you don’t drink your water too hot as you could scald your throat, or worse – research has found that drinking extremely hot beverages that have a temperature of over 65 degrees Celsius could increase your chances of developing cancer of the oesophagus.
One study carried out by the University of Texas found that the best temperature to consume hot drinks was 57.8 degrees Celsius, as this gives you the benefits of a hot drink, while lessening your chances of burns.
At the end of the day, both cool and hot water offer benefits, whether that’s to chill your body temperature during the summer, or keep you warm in the winter months. We recommend when you’re consuming your daily dose of aqua, you should choose the temperature you enjoy best – as overall, the most important thing is that you’re drinking enough water full stop.