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Why Is Water and Especially Hot Water Good for Your Health?

Rajan is a botany and chemistry major. He has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years, breeding layer and broiler parents.


Water plays a very important part of our daily lives. We use it for drinking, bathing, cooking, washing and so many other uses every day.

More than 70% of the Earth surface is water but 98% of it is saltwater. Only 2% of the water is drinking water. Water is the basis of all life including our body.

In addition, the benefits of drinking water can be seen as under:

Water regulates the body temperature, is a means of transporting nutrients to various organs and tissues, transports oxygen to the cells and removes waste. It also protects the joints and organs and acts as a lubricant.

Water is lost through respiration, perspiration and urination.

Benefits Of Drinking Water

Our body requires 2.6 litres of water every day to maintain itself. The kidneys take in about 1.5 litres, skin about 0.650 litres, lungs about 0.350 litres and bowel movements about 0.130 litres.

Also, our muscles contain 75%, blood 82%, lungs 90%, brain 76% and bones 25% water. About 70% of our body weight is water. Thus it can be seen that our health is very much dependent on the quantity of water we drink as well as the quality.

This water requirement is met both by the water we drink and the water content of the food we eat. Still, to maintain a healthy balance in the body, one should drink about 2 to 2.5 litres of water a day.

Water should never be drunk at one go. Instead, it should be sipped slowly to allow it to reach the stomach as close to body temperature as possible. Also, very cold water should be avoided and water at normal temperature should be drunk.

When not to drink water

Immediately after a hot meal or intake of cucumber, watermelon or melons,immediately after getting up from sleep,after milk , tea or coffee,immediately after sneezing or after coming from outside in hot weather and immediately before meals.

Just a 2% drop in the body's water content can cause dehydration.

When to drink water

If water is drunk before meals it weakens the digestive process and makes one thin. Drinking 5-6 sips of water in the middle of a meal makes the meal to be digestion sooner.

Drinking immediately after a meal causes the body to put on weight since the digestive process is slowed.

Drinking water 1 hour after meals gives strength to the stomach. Those suffering from diarrhoea should avoid drinking water with meals.

Benefits Of Drinking Water

In high blood pressure, heat stroke, urinary diseases, constipation, burning sensation in the stomach, and bleeding drink as much water as possible.

Mild dehydration is one of the most common causes of daytime fatigue.

Little known facts about dehydration

Lack of water leads to dehydration which leads to tiredness. Toxins start accumulating leading to slowing down of the body's internal processes.

We need to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day.

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Coffee, tea, certain medicines and alcohol consumption increase the amount of water the body loses.

Thirst is a sign of dehydration and one must drink water before one feels thirsty.

Mild dehydration can cause joint and muscle pain, lower back pain, headaches and constipation. Strong smelling urine also indicates water dehydration.

The benefits of drinking water are enormous. So, drink more water.

A really interesting video for hubbers

Health Benefits Of Water


It's always beneficial for everyone except those old and weak to take a bath with cool water all year round. A cool water bath is beneficial in a disease of semen and nightfall.


Putting cold water on the head in a stream stops bleeding.


Those suffering from constipation should sip water throughout meals. Also, drink a glass of water on getting in the morning.


When an attack of asthma strikes keep the hand and feet dipped in hot water for 10 minutes. This gives great relief.


A. If water is taken on an empty stomach it is expelled out of the body as urine very soon while water taken with meals gets mixed with food and takes much more time to get out of the body. Hence, as far as possible, obese people should drink water on an empty stomach.

B. Add a pinch of salt to 3 glasses of water, boil and cool this. Drink 1 glass in the morning, one in the afternoon and the third just before going to sleep at night.

To improve weight gain in children

Keep fresh water in the sun for 4 hours. Bathe the child with this water at a fixed time daily.

Hot water

In constipation, gas, colitis, amoebiasis, worms, cold, diseases due to wind, throat infections, fevers, asthma, cough, hiccups, consumption of oily food, drink 1 glass hot water after meals. This relieves in these conditions.

Early morning drinking of 1/2 litre of hot water ensures relief from colds, cough, coryza, hoarseness, sneezing, headache, constipation, indigestion. If the juice of 1/2 a lemon is added to this hot water it improves appetite and prevents gas formation in the stomach.

Drinking hot water in winter prevents colds and coughs.

Immense are the benefits of drinking water.


Just before going to sleep, keep the legs up to the calves, dipped in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. If you feel giddy, tie a wet napkin or small towel on the head.

Washing feet with hot water in winter and cold water in summer brings on deep sleep.

For Tired Feet

Feet which are tired due to walking or climbing get relief when dipped for some time in hot water to which some salt has been added.

Burning during micturition

If the burning sensation is due to hot weather, heat or consumption of hot things and urine comes out in drops, dip a cloth in cold water or ice-cold water and keep this cloth below the navel for some time. This causes copious urine output.

In colds, insomnia, high blood pressure, tiredness, unconsciousness, and fits keeping the legs dipped in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes gives relief.

Insect in ear

To remove an insect which has entered the ear, put some warm water to which little salt has been added, in the ear. Lie down on the side of the affected ear. The dead insect will be expelled soon.


Fomentation of the stomach with a hot water bottle benefits in all cases of pain.

Other pains

Fomentation with hot water first and then with cold water is beneficial.


Keep hot water in the mouth for 2 minutes, then cold water for 2 minutes. Repeat 4 times. Always start with hot water and end with cold water. After the pain is gone continue for 3 days.

If gums are swollen gargle with hot water.


Keep the burnt part of the body dipped in ice-cold water till the burning sensation subsides. Do this as soon as the burn occurs. Dipping this way prevents blisters due to burns from forming and also prevents burn marks.

If the body part cannot be dipped in water keep a cloth dipped in ice-cold water on that part and keep changing it regularly to prevent it from getting warm.


When wounds are due injury tie a bandage dipped in cold water on the wound and keep this cloth wet. This helps in wound healing. In old wounds and swelling drink hot and cold water twice daily.

Drinking several glasses of water at regular intervals also heals wounds.


Sponging the body with cold water in high fevers is beneficial. This can be done with a towel or wet cloth. Keep the head covered with a towel dipped in cold water. Take care not to expose the body to cold air while sponging.


Thousands of children die every year due to diarrhoea related dehydration. This can be prevented by making rehydration water at home. Do not stop food or if the child is taking mother's milk let him continue taking it.

The rehydration water can be made thus:

Boiled and cooled water..........................................1 litre

Sugar........................................................................40 grams or 8 tsp

Salt.............................................................................5 grams or 1 tsp

Stir the sugar and salt in the water till they dissolve. Drink this water only. Make fresh water every 24 hours.

Asthma and Asthmatic cough

Drink hot water before sleeping at night. In an asthma attack, as well, drink hot water.

Heat Stroke

In hot weather drinking water at regular intervals prevents heat stroke.


In such cases drink only water for a day. Do not eat anything.


Sprinkling cold water on the face brings an unconscious person to consciousness.

Bad effects of Intoxicants

Drinking a large quantity of water removes the ill effects.

Softening of the heels

Before retiring for the night wash feet in hot water and dry them. Massage with oil. This makes the skin soft and supple.

Foot sweat

In cases of excessive foot sweat, first, dip the feet in hot water, then in cold water and rub them well against each other. Then wipe them dry. Do this for a week.

Digesting milk easily

If a nursing mother drinks a glass of water 15 minutes before feeding her child, the milk gets digested sooner. This even prevents diarrhoea in these children.

Hair Fall

Wring a towel in hot water. Tie this for 2 minutes on the head. Then immediately tie a towel wrung in cold water for 1 minute. Do this for about 20 minutes. It helps in controlling hair loss.

Styes or boils on eyelids

Dip and wring a cloth in hot water and foment the affected eyelid for 3 minutes. Then do this immediately with cold water. It is very beneficial.

Eye affections

In redness of eyes, burning and swelling of eyes fomentation with a cold water compress or ice tied in a cloth helps. Keep the eyelids closed and keep the compress cold by regularly changing it.


There is a pain in the eye or over the eyebrow. It helps to inhale steam from the nostril of the affected side. The water for taking steam should be very hot and cover the head with a towel while taking steam.

Such wide-ranging are the benefits of drinking water.

Some controversial claims

Dr F. Batmanghelidj, MD, an internationally renowned researcher, author and advocate of the natural healing power of water, in his book, "Your body's many cries for water", says that one is already dehydrated by the time one feels thirst. Also, a dry mouth is not a reliable indicator of dehydration. The body signals a water shortage by producing pain. Dehydration produces pain and many degenerative diseases including asthma, arthritis, hypertension, angina,adult-onset diabetes, lupus and multiple sclerosis, according to him.

His message to the world is and I quote "you are not sick, you are thirsty. Don't treat thirst with medication ".

If you would like to read more about his water cure claims, visit

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The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or embarking on a new health regime.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

© 2011 Rajan Singh Jolly


Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 13, 2019:

Hey, Rajah, not at all, please.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 13, 2019:

Thank you for appreciating the article, Miebakagh.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on May 07, 2019:

Hello, Rajah, my pleasure in reading a very informative and educative article.Thanks for sharing.

Madhu S on April 29, 2015:

Thank you for the valuable information. I will definitely increase my intake of water.

sameen shaikh on August 18, 2014:

the health benefits of water are amazing

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on September 12, 2013:

Thanks, MsDora.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on September 11, 2013:

Just came across this article in my Google Search for information for my next article. Excellent! Thank You. Voted Up!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 16, 2012:

Thank you, Kinky Haired.

KinkyHairedHearts on October 14, 2012:

this is great!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 13, 2012:

Thanks for reading Dianne. I hope you benefit from these health hubs.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on October 13, 2012:

Extensive and very interesting. I have asthma, high blood pressure and several other maladies discussed here. Thank you for the information.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 13, 2012:

@ lovingsoul - thank you.

@ Nancy - thanks for stopping by.

Nancy McClintock from Southeast USA on October 12, 2012:

Well researched. Interesting. Thank you for sharing.

lovingsoul88 on October 12, 2012:

You have said it all, water is life, a universal solvent that has more benefits to man than one can ever imagine.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 12, 2012:

@ perlongnina - thank you.

@ ITcoach - Many thanks for appreciating. Good to know my hubs are appreciated. Thanks for sharing.

@ Dahlia Flower - Thank you so much. I hope your mom finds the info to her liking.

@ Oceansider - You are absolutely right, Helen. This hub emphasizes this very fact. Thanks for appreciating. Take care.

oceansider on October 11, 2012:

Thank you for this informative article about water's benefits, Rajan.

It's good to know that I am drinking enough water every day....I know people who don't like water, so they hardly drink any....and I explain to them that we really don't have a is a must to drink water & plenty of it.

Dahlia Flower from Canada on October 11, 2012:

This was a very thoroughly researched and well-written hub. I thank you for it. I'll be sharing it with my mom. She's in her mid-eighties and is so dehydrated (her doctor says so) but she rolls her eyes at me when I offer her a glass of water any time of day. Voting up and useful.

ITcoach from United States on October 11, 2012:

rajan jolly

Your hubs are always awesome that nobody can stop without ready the whole hub. Greatly impressed with your writing ideas.

Voted, liked and sharing with friends

perlongnina on October 11, 2012:

water is good

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 11, 2012:

@ carrie - thanks for a detailed input. I agree with your observations, however, this info is meant for persons who are in normal health and is more general in nature.

I appreciate your specific concerns. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Pamela - Thanks for commenting. appreciate your visit and sharing.

@ Crisp - thank you for reading and passing it on.

@ His princesz - Appreciate your time spent here. Thanks.

His princesz on October 11, 2012:

Wow... thanks a lot! I learned so much. This information can do a lot for a healthy well being. Voted up rajan. :)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 11, 2012:

Absolutely packed of the many wonders of drinking water. Up and sharing!

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on October 10, 2012:

There were lots of facts I didn't know before I read this hub. You sure do your research well. Voting up, interesting and useful -- and sharing.

Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on October 10, 2012:

Rajan jolly: Thank you on such an informative article on water :) However some of the information given may not be accurate for all types of people. For example, encouraging people to drink too much water it can cause a potassium and sodium imbalance and cause health problems. I do understand however, without water such imbalances can occur also. I do not drink enough water, but when I do I always feel bloated and get stomach cramps. My body tells me when I need water and when I don't. Also your comment about drinking water after a meal not advisable.....Again I don't feel that is accurate. Also splashing cold water on a person that is may work for some people, but where I worked in the doctors office we used smelling salts to bring them back around with elevating their legs so fresh oxygenated blood could reach the brain. water on stys is helps bring the infected area to the surface thus promoting drainage. The bottom line is that some of this information may not be verified as fact, but I do agree with the importance of pure water. If anything this article has inspired me to try to drink more water.....I think I will take sips....probably will help with bloating. Thank you for the time you took to write this article :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 04, 2012:

Thanks Poonam. I'm glad you realize the importance of drinking water and hot water too.

Thanks for reading.

poonam kaithwas on October 04, 2012:

thnks for this my mently is chnge to drinking wter...

n this is very helpful to lose my wait..

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 14, 2012:

You echo my sentiments Free2writ3. Pure water is the healthiest of all drinks.

Thanks for stopping by.

Free2writ3 from Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania on August 13, 2012:

Thanks for posting this. Water is healthy and cheap. Wonder why more people don't drink it..

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 11, 2012:

@ TycoonSam - Thank you. I'm happy to note that you like it. Thanks for reading.

@ CSNewYork - So glad you found it useful and interesting. Many thanks for visiting.

CSNewYork from New Jersey on August 11, 2012:

I'm glad you took the time to create this hub. I found it very useful and interesting. Thanks again and keep up the great work!

TycoonSam from Washington, MI on August 11, 2012:

Thanks for the great Hub. Very informative and easy to comprehend.


Joel Lipman from Los Angeles, California on July 18, 2012:

great hub, although I have read recently that a glass of water when you first wake up is very important because you are dehydrated after sleeping.

paras aggarwal on May 27, 2012:

very informative. will try to reply back. hopefully my health issues improve.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 22, 2012:

tirelesstraveler, thanks for reading, appreciating and the inclusion. Much appreciated.

Judy Specht from California on April 22, 2012:

Your ideas work well with a hub I have written about heartburn. I will link to this hub. Very good.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 19, 2012:

Ed I'm glad you found this information useful. I appreciate your reading and leaving positive feedback. Thanks.

HealthExchange from Midwest on April 19, 2012:

Very comprehensive hub. Great information. In fact,I'm getting thirsty just reading it!


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 16, 2012:

loued - Thanks. This is a very big compliment.

loued51 on April 16, 2012:

Thanks rajan, you have inspired me to come out of stagnation, & formulate another Hub on drinking water!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on April 16, 2012:

Rahul, thanks for all the nice comments. I am sure you will benefit a lot. I really appreciate your visit. Thanks.

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on April 16, 2012:

Amazing tips and facts about the benefits of water! I am bound to follow them right away! amazing research Sir! Hat's off!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 30, 2012:

Thank you Vegas.

Vegas Elias from Mumbai on March 30, 2012:

Very useful information on water.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

maggs, great to have you here and thanks for all the wonderful words and votes.

maggs224 from Sunny Spain on March 29, 2012:

A very interesting and informative hub voted up and hit the interesting and useful button on my way out :D

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

Jennifer, I totally agree with your observations. Pure water is the foremost requirement to stay alive. Thanks for stopping by to read and vote. Much appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

Jessi, I'm humbled by your comments. Thanks for the vote and all the appreciation.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

Linda, thanks for your appreciative comments. May I down those comments with a bottle of water!:)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

Ruchira, thanks for the revisit. I'm glad you found it worthy of a revisit. Appreciated as always.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 29, 2012:

tammyswallow, dehydration is the result of lack of water. We may or may not feel thirsty but the fact remains that we must consume water regularly throughout the day to keep us hydrated at all times.

I appreciate your stopping by and comments.

Jennifer Essary from Idaho on March 28, 2012:

Very useful and voted up! As a massage therapist I encountered several people who wanted to know if coffee, tea, or bourbon could take the place of water. Water is very important to our overall health; it is how electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, and wastes are transported in the body.

Jessica Rangel from Lancaster, CA on March 28, 2012:

LOL This is the type of article that one might find in a magazine. Its that GREAT. I love the detail, and all of the information. From someone that is always looking for diets, and looking for ways to keep healthy, I absolutely learned from this!

Voted up!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 28, 2012:

Rajan, You did it again! You hubs are very informative and you remind us or teach us about the important, beneficial factors that we all should know. I salute you with my bottle of water!:)

Ruchira from United States on March 28, 2012:

visiting it again for some quick reference and still find it useful, Rajan.

Thank you!

Tammy from North Carolina on March 28, 2012:

I knew water was important, but I had no idea the lack of water could cause so many problems. This is valuable information. Thanks for writing this!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 27, 2012:

cclit girl, thanks for the visit and vote.much appreciated.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 27, 2012:

Let me get this straight: if you drink water before a meal, it can mess up the digestive process, thereby making you thin? Um, you might be the leader of the next diet fad, Rajan. Hehe. In all seriousness, this is a great hub, very informative and great information. Voted up.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 30, 2011:

Thanks geogo,for stopping by to read and comment.

goego from Loserland on November 30, 2011:

were not sick were thirsty!!! have you heard of kangen alkaline water (enagic inc) good stuff

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 15, 2011:

AllSuretyBonds, thanks for leaving a comment. Drinking water becomes all the more important in winter months because we don't feel thirsty enough.Everything going on the body needs water, to function effectively.

AllSuretyBonds on November 15, 2011:

Water is so important! I definitely need to do better about drinking more water. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 02, 2011:

Thank you carriethomson.That is a huge compliment. Water resources are not going to last forever, in fact, no natural resource will last forever if we do not use them wisely and we must ensure this for the future generations.

thanks a lot for voting it up too.

carriethomson from United Kingdom on November 02, 2011:

wow that's a great great hub and it proves how important water is for living! it must be used wisely for our benefit and not wasted!! You have really put in a lot of efforts in compiling such a great list of using water for various purposes as well as some beauty treatments and ailments!!voted up


Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 01, 2011:

Thanks for appreciating Dexter. Most of us do not drink plain water and instead go in for sodas which upset the digestive system leading to a lot of health problems.

I appreciate your comments and am glad you found it interesting enough to bookmark it.

Thank you.

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on November 01, 2011:

Water is life! This is not only an exceptional hub but a great reminder that water, and its uses, are endless! Thanks so much! I am bookmarking this hub!

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on November 01, 2011:

Thanks for the read Ruchira.

Ruchira from United States on October 31, 2011:

Wonderful pointers. Keep it coming Rajan :)

Rajan Singh Jolly (author) from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on October 31, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and reading and I'm glad it was useful. Thanks for the appeciation too.

Kewl from Mumbai, India on October 31, 2011:

Wow really informative, no need to go for other links as everything is systematically explained here and maximum points are covered.. Keep writing!!

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