When we eat tempting foods in improper combination, often combined with emotional stress, the human gastrointestinal tract is frequently the primary site of physical disorders. Nowadays, gastric reflux, IBS, food intolerances, colitis, intestinal ulcers, constipation and related disturbances are so common that then are often considered as an incredible part of our daily life. Functional gastrointestinal disorders can reflect intestinal dysfunction, which in turn have been associated with chronic disease. It is furthermore an important predisposing factor in mental deterioration, brain degeneration and stress. If we are to preserve or regain a bouncing health, it’s necessary to maintain or restore an optimal function of our digestive tract and its associated organs. 

 Drinking warm water in the morning

 The daily drinking of a cup of warm water on an empty stomach each morning has great advantages. This everyday routine has exclusive benefits of its own that you just can’t get when you drink water cold. It contributes to eliminate diverse toxins which harm the good function of our body by hepatorenal draining and “cleansing” the gastrointestinal tract. 

 A simple way to trigger the healing of the gastrointestinal tract

 One of the main reasons why warm water is so beneficial to the gastrointestinal tract is that it has a natural, mild vasodilatory effect which increases the blood circulation to the gastrointestinal tract and in turn increases peristalsis as well as the digestion efficiency. Therefore, drinking one cup of warm water in the morning before breakfast has a laxative effect. 

 Furthermore, warm water also calms your nervous system. Additionally, Your immune system gets boosted and the mucus accumulation in the gastrointestinal tract, as well as in your sinuses and throat decreases, thus reducing the chances that viruses, bacteria and fungi will grow. It also slightly increases the metabolic rate by increasing the body temperature and, as such, effectively helping the gastrointestinal tract and kidney function. Finally, it facilitates the activity of the brain and stimulates the pleasure center in the brain. Warm water is thus by far more enjoyable, at least to your brain… .

 Nauseous feeling

 Initially, the lack of flavour can give a nauseous feeling or give the intention to vomit. This is a sign of a deficient hepatobiliary function. If this is the case, start by sipping little amounts of water, gradually rising its dose.

 Why warm water in stead of cold water, infusions or tea?

 Whereas warm water stimulates and promotes gastrointestinal activity, excessively cold or iced water shocks and suspends it. Warm drinks, such as tea or infusions can complement the intake of warm water, but cannot replace it. By its neutral nature, warm water originating from a source low in minerals has the capacity of osmosis and can thus through our capillar system dissolve in the intracellular water of our body. 

 It’s a simple remedy for free! What better way to start the day with some really healthy carpe diem boost?

Ilse Schouppe

Osteopate Ilse Schouppe is gespecialiseerd in structurele en viscerale osteopathie, en behaalde volgende diploma's: Bachelor of Science honours degree in Osteopathy D.O. en Personal Coach CE. Ilse is de oprichter en actieve medewerkster van Vidafeels te Dilbeek.