A fairly popular habit among the Chinese may be the secret to better health and therefore a longer life. In the Asian country, both young and old tend to drink hot water constantly throughout the day.
In China, it is often possible to find kettles of boiling water everywhere, from libraries, to cafes and restaurants or train stations, and airports. Citizens can fill the portable mugs they often carry with them almost anywhere.
Drinking hot water has been a habit present in Chinese culture for several thousand years. Since ancient times, the Chinese consider the consumption of the liquid a preventive measure against most diseases.
To this day, a large part of the country’s doctors assures that tea and hot water are good remedies for all ailments. But what exactly is hot water for from the point of view of traditional Chinese medicine?
Taking a hot bath promotes the dilation of blood vessels and improves blood circulation. Drinking hot water is believed to have a similar effect. Healthy blood flow ensures adequate blood pressure and lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Many Chinese tend to drink a glass of hot water in the morning after waking up to activate the digestive system. Its consumption throughout the day can also help with digestion. Some even believe that hot water can dissipate foods that our bodies have difficulty digesting.
Drinking hot water can make people feel fuller, thereby reducing the amount of food they eat and helping them lose weight. The practice is also believed to stimulate metabolism and promote the elimination of toxins.
In addition, drinking hot water relieves the tension of the mucous membranes of the respiratory system. The practice helps cough up phlegm, making it an effective remedy in treating coughs during a cold. It also helps to relieve a sore throat.
Also, drinking water, whether hot or cold, improves central nervous system function, which affects mood and brain function. The proper functioning of the system can decrease anxiety and stress levels.
The traditional medicine of the Asian country considers that the consumption of hot water can also help to strengthen the immune system in a general way and avoid numerous diseases.
Many Chinese believe that drinking this liquid frequently can prolong life and even help them look much younger.