Although preferring hot drinks when the weather is cooler is perfectly understandable, these aren’t necessarily the healthiest of hydration options – especially tummy warming, tasty beverages like a mug of rich hot chocolate.

Which is why, when it’s chilly, it may be wise to look at healthier alternatives, which not only help us maintain good hydration but also play a part in boosting our body’s immune systems.

Water, Hot or Cool, is best

Drinking water regularly, throughout the day, remains the simplest route to hydrate your way healthily.

With that established, we move on to a variety of water health cheats that you may not have considered, until now.

Vitamin C boost

Adding the juice of half a lemon to a glass of water as hot as you can drink it every morning is a sure-fire way to help get your system moving.

Add honey to the health mix

Honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent, as well as being a natural sweetener. Adding a spoon to hot lemon water packs a powerful health punch, all in one glass of water.

Tea, of course!

It goes without saying that nothing beats a cuppa, so that we have hot water coolered, however, as green tea packs a higher punch of antioxidants, perhaps it’s time to switch up from black tea to green.

Perhaps keep all or one of the above top of mind when you head to your water cooler to top-up/replenish or dispense your first hot water tipple of the day.