Is Drinking Hot Water Good for High Blood Pressure? (Expert Answer)

Short Answer: Drinking hot water is neutral for high blood pressure. Because it does not contain nutrients that significantly affect the condition, but hydration is important for maintaining blood pressure levels.

High blood pressure is a condition that affects your blood vessels and heart.

In high blood pressure, your body experiences increased force against the artery walls.

This can lead to various health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure.

One of the key factors in managing high blood pressure is diet.

What you consume can affect your blood vessel function and fluid balance, which can impact your high blood pressure symptoms and overall health.

To effectively manage high blood pressure, you should consume potassium and magnesium rich foods like citrus fruits, leafy greens, and fatty fish and avoid sodium and saturated fat rich foods like processed meats, canned soups, and fast foods.

Now, drinking hot water is a common practice.

People usually drink it plain or with a slice of lemon.

Drinking hot water is neutral for high blood pressure because it does not contain nutrients that significantly affect blood pressure.

However, staying hydrated is important for overall health, and dehydration can worsen high blood pressure.

A typical cup of hot water can give you 0% of your daily nutrient needs, as it is mostly devoid of nutrients.

Hydration can positively affect high blood pressure by maintaining blood volume and preventing dehydration.

However, the temperature of the water (hot or cold) does not typically affect this condition.

Furthermore, hot water is a beverage and beverages are neutral for high blood pressure.

Because, in the case of water, it is the hydration that matters, not the temperature.

You can drink several cups of hot water per day safely.

More than that can cause discomfort or risk of burns if the water is too hot.

Also, you shouldn’t drink excessively hot water if you have esophageal conditions to prevent damage to your esophagus.

Because extremely hot temperatures can cause internal burns.

Finally, remember, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including a balanced diet, regular exercise, stress management, and essential medical care is key to managing/dealing with high blood pressure effectively.

I always recommend my high blood pressure patients to follow a high blood pressure-friendly diet to improve their overall well-being, and enjoy a longer and healthier life.

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About the Author

Abdur Rahman Choudhury

Abdur Rahman Choudhury is a nutrition coach with over 7 years of experience in the field of nutrition.

He holds a Bachelor's (B.Sc.) and Master's (M.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry from The University of Burdwan, India. He was also involved with a research project about genetic variations in the CYP11A gene among PCOS and Metabolic Syndrome patients.

He has completed the following online courses: Stanford Introduction to Food and Health by Stanford University (US) through Coursera, Certificate in Nutrition from Fabulous Body Inc. (US), Lose Weight and Keep It Off certificate course from Harvard Medical School (US), and Nutrition and Disease Prevention by Taipei Medical University (Taiwan) through FutureLearn.

Abdur currently lives in India and keeps fit by weight training and eating mainly home-cooked meals.

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