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Experts emphasise use of hot water during rainy season

The rainy season also brings with it respiratory diseases such as cold and flu and results in fluctuations in body temperature, and it is for these reasons humans are made to bathe in hot water or at the very least, soak the wet cold feet in it.

There are many benefits of warm water during the rainy season; one of these is that drinking warm water soothes nasal and throat congestion while removing phlegm from the respiratory tract. Drinking warm water also aids digestion as it dissolves the fat deposited in the inner walls of the intestine, reduces the incidence of intestinal cancer and also flushes toxins from the body.

Drinking warm water removes congestion in the chest as nasal congestion is a common occurrence in the wet season of the rain, warm water also helps to flush out the mucus in the air passage and lungs giving a soothing relief from sinus and sore throat.

When mixed with coffee and tea, hot water has many benefits. Research published in 2017 linked hot coffee consumption to a longer life. Other research has found a link between moderate hot coffee consumption and a reduced risk of Parkinson’s disease, some cancers, type 2 diabetes, some liver disease and heart health problems. Hot teas are known to reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and liver disease. Studies have also linked consumption of a hot cup of water to reduced stress and anxiety levels.

Speaking on the benefits of hot water during the rainy season, a medical practitioner, Bukky Tikare, noted that hot water baths have become necessary as it increases blood flow and lowers blood pressure while relaxing the body and putting it in sleep mode.

According to Tikare, hot water baths during the rainy season also helps maintain hygiene because it washes the oil and dirt out from the skin pores ensuring that the skin and hair have a healthy shine and glow.

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Adefarati Ajayi, another medical practitioner, emphasised that hot water not only restores body temperature but also prevents headaches; this is because, during the rainy season, high humidity can trigger headaches, especially in children, so having a hot water bath will help prevent this.

Other benefits of hot water especially in the wet season include burning calories as a recent study conducted by Loughborough University on the effect of hot baths suggests. Hot water baths also moisturise the skin as the warm water leaves the skin moist for longer and more receptive to skin vitamins when applied. Hot baths also help us feel better and more relaxed after a stressful day. It is also a great way to reduce daily anxiety as well and makes us feel good all around.

Warm water has also proven useful in reducing mental stress as an immersion in a warm bath results in a reduction and balance in the nervous system activity. The combination of these effects may improve brain function with an increase in working memory, language skills and processing speed.

So with the rains in season, a warm water bath has become an invaluable asset and quintessential to a healthy lifestyle.

Therefore, it is imperative for families to invest and install water heaters in their homes to navigate through this rainy season, experts advised. Although some people consider water heaters as a luxury, recent studies have shown that quality water heater brands including Ariston, the world’s leading water heater brands, are moderately priced.

It has also been proven that buying and installing a water heater in homes to provide hot water for bath and other purposes is far cheaper in the long run than many other ways of heating water either using gas or stove. Water heaters are also safer when you compare with the hazards associated with boiling water in the kitchen and taking it to the bathroom, which could cause domestic accidents.

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