Actions tend to create momentum in one of two directions, towards aligning ourself to a more easeful experience or towards disharmony. I can say at this time, for most of my life I was on the path of disharmony, with no clear goal to strive to, with no desired state of physical, mental, emotional or spiritual health to experience. I was on the path of just trying to get through the day with as little conflict as possible. So what does this have to do with drinking warm water?
As we transition into the cooler months it doesn’t mean you can’t be warm and fuzzy inside and often enough its these simplest action steps which make that said warm feeling happen. Think of wool socks and how comforting they are. Action step, put on a pair of wool socks. Want to feel warm and comfortable inside? Action step, drink warm liquids and eat warming foods. This comfort can relax the nervous system, which is a major controller of how well our digestion is functioning, which over time this comfort carries the potential for transformational results.
Over time I have adopted a very simple morning routine which a couple of the practices repeat throughout the day. This is a common practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda, and sure enough, it’s the simplest of them all that for me have been the most life changing!
The most basic practices from these ancient traditions of promoting health and longevity is through improving digestion, warming up the body and keeping the energy flowing. Think of ice, its stagnant, dense, rigid and well, cold. This alone should shine some light on the adverse affects of drinking ice water. Now contrast this to warm water. It doesn’t contain any of the preceding descriptors. Basic enough?
So onto the ideas and application behind this practice.
So what do you do? Drink warm water first thing in the morning in place of cold or room temp water. It’s best not to overthink it because it is this simple. Ideally the water should not be too hot to drink in a quick manner. You are not making tea so long before it becomes “tea hot” it is ready. Do Not burn yourself! It’s not worth it and it’s not pleasant first thing in the morning to scorch your taste buds and throat.
What you get from drinking this is a warming sensation throughout your entire body that’s very comforting. This practice is very underestimated with the power of flushing out subtle and gross stagnation in your systems. Of course it’s hydrating and possibly more importantly it stimulates peristalsis, yes pooping, the typically underachieved elimination process ridding your body from yesterday’s digested food hanging out inside you.
Simplicity at its best, choose warming liquids and foods to consume during these chilling months. I invite you to try it out. Begin to notice the most basic functions in your body improve and becoming more consistent. Remember the warmth you can create from the inside out is this easy when the proper steps are taken to support your body.
So here are 3 health benefits from drinking warm water.
- Helps flush water soluble toxins first thing in the morning.
- Promotes bowel movement to start the day lighter and clear.
- Helps stimulate and awaken the digestive fire in your belly
Bonus health benefit!
The warm glass feels really nice in your hands first thing in the morning.
Enjoy the path to creating a more easeful experience, creating more harmony within and exuding that harmony to others.
Choose your habits wisely!