Due to the progressively harsh climate, grabbing a glass of cold water is usual for most of us. However, it is believed that drinking warm water is better for health. But have you ever wondered if it is actually true? or it’s just a well-publicized fallacy? Well, I was just curious as you are, so I did some researching, here’s what I came up with….

According to Dr Neha Sanwalka, nutritionist and dietician, drinking warm water is the most beneficial drink in existence and cold water is the best drink yet known! Confused? Let’s unravel the puzzle!

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Health benefits of drinking warm water:

👉🏿Improves digestion – According to Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine, “you should drink a glass of warm water early in the morning.” This is because, it activates your digestive system, which helps avoid indigestion. It also helps stimulate blood flow to the intestine and helps prevent constipation .

👉🏿Detoxifies your body – Did you know that warm water helps your body get rid of harmful toxins? It not only reduces pitta in your body but also prevents acne and other skin problems. To further enhance its effect, squeeze half a slice of lemon in the water and drink it every day.

👉🏿Relieves nasal congestion – I’d like to think most of us are aware of this already. It acts as a natural expectorant by aiding in the expulsion of phlegm from the respiratory tract.

👉🏿Combats pain – As warm water increases blood flow to the tissues, it can act as an excellent natural aid to provide relief from pain. Hence, if you are experiencing frequent joint pain or menstrual cramps…start drinking warm water.

Health benefits of drinking cold water:

👉🏿Excellent post-workout drink – It is a known fact that during exercises, your body temperature increases. To lower your body temperature post workout, it is recommended to drink cold water. In fact, it would be foolhardy to increase your body temperature further after a workout which has already increased the core temperature far beyond its optimum level .

👉🏿Combats heat stroke – Dr Neha says that drinking cold water during hot weathers is completely good for your health. Cold water gets absorbed quickly by the body as compared to warm or hot water. When you are back home from the scorching heat, drink a glass of cold water.

👉🏿Aids in weight loss – The key principle behind losing weight is to boost your metabolism which in turn burns more calories. According to Dr Neha, “drinking cold water and even cold water baths boosts your metabolism,” thus causing your body to expend more energy on Thermoregulation.

👉🏿Actually helps regulate the heart rate especially during strenuous activity – The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom conducted a study on the effects of cold versus warm drinks while doing exercise. Researchers discovered that heart rate before exercise was lower in the participants who consumed cold drinks. In addition, consuming a cold drink before, during and after exercise resulted in less physiological strain, which allowed the test subjects to exercise for a longer period of time than the group consuming warm drinks.

TAKE HOME:

Warm water poses a threat when …:

  1. Right after exercise: Increases the already high core temperature even further, thus increasing risks of hyperthermia.
  2. In particularly hot weathers: Increases the already high core temperature even further, thus increasing risks of hyperthermia.

Cold water poses a threat when taken…:

  1. Right after a fatty meal: It solidifies the fat in the food, thus slowing absorption. Long-term consumption of cold water has been postulated to increase gastrointestinal cancer risks!

Warm water is advisable after food as against another myth that says water isn’t good after food.

  1. In Cold weathers: The body is already dealing with maintaining the body temperature against the ambient temperature. Therefore, further decrease of body temperature by taking Cold water increases metabolism even more and stresses the heart further.

While it has been rumoured that cold drinks can produce heart attacks, no medical evidence supports this theory!

So I say unto you, drink water, cold or warm, now you know when to.

FOLUSO AKINNIYI