A hot drink: it’s a morning tradition in Canada. Coffee is the most popular drink for Canadians over the age of 16; 67% of adult Canadians partake in at least one cup of coffee a day. The average drinker has 3 cups.[i] Tea also has a special place in the hearts of Canadians with over 10 billion cups drank each year.[ii] As much as we may love our daily dose of caffeine, there is a dark side. The first thing that any good online nutritionist will point out is the amount of caffeine that is contained in coffee. The average person with no health concerns can safely consume between 300-400 mg of caffeine in a day; that is about the same amount of caffeine in one large Starbucks coffee.[iii] But not everyone can have caffeine nor do they want to. Caffeine is not the only culprit in coffee and tea; the cream, milk, and sugar we use can also be problematic.

A Cup of Hot Water

So, what is a Canadian to do if they want their daily hot drink fix without the side of caffeine, fat and sugar? Well, how about just hot water? Yes…hot water. As unusual as it sounds, drinking a cup of hot water is more common than you realize. Think about it; you get none of the negatives associated with coffee and a lot more health benefits including:

Improves Digestion

A cup of hot water will kick your metabolism into gear and start your body in the burning of calories. It will also clear out your intestines and improve the digestion process. It’s a good way to flush your system.

Clearing out Toxins

Consumption of hot water raises the body’s core temperature which will cause you to sweat which is one of the ways that the body eliminates toxins. Anything to stimulate that function is a good thing.

Opens Sinuses

Unlike cold water, hot water will loosens up mucus and allows it to move more freely throughout your sinuses. This will allow you to breath easier when you have a cold or allergies.

Pain Relief

Warmth and heat is sought out when looking for pain relief. Whether it is heating pads, special creams, or a hot compress, something warm is often prescribed when we are hurting. The same philosophy works for the inside of the body as well. Drinking warm water can help alleviate menstrual cramps.

Despite all of these health benefits, some people will not be able to bring themselves to drink hot water in the morning. They need something with flavour. That’s understandable. There is an easy solution to this: add lemon! Putting lemon in your hot water will add flavour as well as a host of nutrients including Vitamin C, pectin, potassium, and antioxidants. Convinced yet? Ditch coffee for a few weeks and try drinking hot water and see how you feel! You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

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