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#1 Silver Girl

Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:15 PM

When I offer my MIL a hot drink, about half the time she asks for tea with milk. On the other occasions she asks for a mug of boiling water.

Years ago I was offered a drink and when I requested water (meaning cold tap water), I was given a cup of hot water from the kettle. I hated it. I also dislike drinking water from the tap if it’s warm.

Each to their own, but I’m wondering how common drinking hot water is. Does anyone you know do this, or do you?

#2 Poughkeepsie

Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:19 PM

All the time in winter. I only ever drink water or the occasional decaf tea, so in summer it’s cold water and in winter it’s hot water! Or hot water with lemon if I can be bothered cutting up the lemon 😉

#3 seayork2002

Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:19 PM

I have known a few people do it, I don't see it as any different to me liking chillled water really

#4 Chaotic Pogo

Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:27 PM

My mother has drunk hot water for 30+ years. Sometimes she has herbal tea but her go to is hot water, with lemon if it’s available and occasionally with honey as a ‘treat’

I don’t mind it either. But I usually drink a room temperature caffeinated soft drink.

I don’t mind tap water, but I won’t drink iced or chilled. If I’m out I always say no ice

Edited by Chaotic Pogo, 13 July 2019 - 11:28 PM.


#5 Paddlepop

Posted 13 July 2019 - 11:42 PM

I've never heard of it or known anyone who has done it. Seems very weird to me.

#6 lucky 2

Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:01 AM

Afaik it is is a traditional Chinese medicine practice to drink hot water rather than cold.
I used to drink hot water in the days before choice in herbal teas and as an alternative to tea or coffee. There was either black tea or chamomile or peppermint tea.
So many wonderful things to brew with hot water these days.

#7 ainira

Posted 14 July 2019 - 12:13 AM

My parents ;) Very much a Chinese (older generation) thing.

In terms of weirdness, warm/hot water is far less weird than warm orange juice. My mum used to heat up OJ in the microwave until hot when serving me some as a kid. It wasn’t until much later that I realised that no one else did this :omg:

Edited by ainira, 14 July 2019 - 12:14 AM.


#8 Bereckii

Posted 14 July 2019 - 01:00 AM

Sensitive teeth. Warm water is preferable.

#9 BornToLove

Posted 14 July 2019 - 02:06 AM

I drink just hot water. Mostly have it at work as I’m always cold and the hot water warms me up. it’s also nice to just hold a warm mug to keep my hands warm. I really should get an under desk heater 😉

I also find warm/hot water helps with digestion, so usually have some after a large meal.

#10 Ayr

Posted 14 July 2019 - 06:31 AM

I had always heard drinking hot water was good for you and helped with things like digestion. My nan used to drink a glass of hot water morning and night for this reason.

I don't like the taste of hot water but I'm not a huge fan of water at the best of times. It has to be icy cold and I need to be really thirsty to enjoy it.

Edited by Ayr, 14 July 2019 - 06:32 AM.


#11 SynchronouslyIdle

Posted 14 July 2019 - 07:53 AM

I drink boiled water. I was working in an office that was so cold I joked to a co-worker that I would have to wear a beanie and gloves. They suggested I try drinking boiled water. That was 20 years ago and I still drink it when I am cold.

#12 Flaxen

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:02 AM

I will drink it at my desk. I hate chilled water as it makes me cold but my telephone voice needs water.
Also, can only have so many coffees in a day 🙃

At home when I get a glass of water I add a dash of hot water from kettle.

#13 Allegra99

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:06 AM

I also drink boiled water when I’m cold. Maybe a mug a day in winter?

#14 ~LemonMyrtle~

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:12 AM

I drink hot water when I have a cold. It’s great for the sinuses and post nasal drip. And I can’t have more than 1 cup of tea a day or I can’t sleep. Add a squeeze of lemon for extra vitamin C.

Round here it seems to be something mostly Asians do. But other people are now doing it too.

#15 Jersey Caramel

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:18 AM

I drink boiled water at work in winter, when I have already had enough tea/coffee but still want a warm drink.

#16 SplashingRainbows

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:20 AM

Yes I drink hot water with a dash of milk.

Better for me than food or more caffeine.

#17 Thylacine

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:21 AM

View PostBereckii, on 14 July 2019 - 01:00 AM, said:

Sensitive teeth. Warm water is preferable.

This for me too

#18 Froyo

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:28 AM

View Postlucky 2, on 14 July 2019 - 12:01 AM, said:

Afaik it is is a traditional Chinese medicine practice to drink hot water rather than cold.
Yep, my ILs drink it for this reason. They don't drink cold water.

#19 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 14 July 2019 - 08:34 AM

i do sometimes....more so in the past....sometimes with a slice of lemon but other times just plain hot water. i did it a lot when i was studying, and had had my daily quota of tea and coffee.

#20 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 09:12 AM

Tip for those of you who have severe menopause issues when the time comes.  If your hot flushes are 'by the clock' as mine were (every 20 mins) have some cold water ready in the fridge for the minutes beforehand - it does help reduce them a bit.  Same with hot drinks, time your drinking of them for just afterwards.  I'd forgotten how much palaver I had to go through.

#21 DontPokeTheBearMum

Posted 14 July 2019 - 10:40 AM

I drink hot water. I find it soothes my digestion (I have IBS). Cold water can give me cramps.

#22 Goldenash

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:13 AM

I do. Particularly in winter. I don’t like tea and don’t want coffee all the time.

#23 WannabeMasterchef

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:27 AM

I dislike very cold water, although rather than drinking plain hot water I tend to drink plain peppermint or chamomile tea.

If I want just tap water I might add a drop of hot if its winter.

#24 born.a.girl

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:30 AM

View PostPaddlepop, on 13 July 2019 - 11:42 PM, said:

I've never heard of it or known anyone who has done it. Seems very weird to me.


I'm surprised you've never heard of it, but when I think about it, I'm probably only known about three people in my long life whose habits I knew well enough to know they did this regularly, so like all of the others here, does not seem in the least bit weird.

#25 lizzzard

Posted 14 July 2019 - 11:43 AM

It's very common in Asian cultures.




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