I drink a fair amount of cold, tap water everyday. But the other day, I had a random, mysterious impulse to drink warm water instead. Nothing in it. No tea, no lemon. Just plain, warm water. We are deep into fall and the thought of drinking cold water just made me feel colder. I was amazed at how soothing and satisfying the warm water felt in my system. Intuitively, I knew that plain, warm water must somehow be beneficial for my body, but I wanted to understand why. So, I went on Google to do some reading. I thought that, with some handy scientific info, I’d write a blog sharing all the great benefits.
I found a plethora of claims including: aids digestion, promotes hair growth and vitality, promotes weight loss, speeds up metabolism, detoxifies the body, prevents premature aging, and eases pain (especially abdominal pain due to menstruation). All sound pretty good, eh?
I tried to decipher if the authors actually had used scientific research to support their claims. Alas, I couldn’t trace the claims back to any studies. They may be out there, I just couldn’t find them anywhere. Several of the websites had even copied and pasted the same information. I am a questioning and somewhat skeptical individual, so I didn’t know what to think. Was I to accept these claims without verifiable proof? And can I broadcast them to you as factually true in good conscience?
I am already bald so I don’t know if I grew more hair the past few days. My digestion is ok anyway so I didn’t notice any change. I don’t know if I lost any weight since I generally avoid the scale. And I really don’t know if toxins were leaving my body, if my metabolism increased, or if I slowed the aging process.
Ultimately, all I really know for sure was that drinking the warm water made me feel good. And, honestly, that is all the reason I need. The benefits remain a mystery to me. That’s OK.
I know it is risky for me - a health coach - to distance myself from “sacred” health claims professed on the internet. I choose to cuddle up to a different, more reliable well of knowledge derived from my own actual experience.
I didn't want to succumb to the insecurities of my unknowing and rely too heavily on external sources of information to tell me how to be. The best things we know in life aren’t stacks of information anyway. They are the songs of love and wisdom seeping from our hearts as informed by the depths of our actual experience. But, I'll let you know if I wake up in a few weeks with my gorgeous curly locks atop my head again.
What is a unique song your heart singing about today?