A few months ago, I was at the hospital for a check-up and was asked to drink lots of water before the doppler flow change test. As I was filling my paper cup a young man, waiting in line, expressed his views that cold water was very bad for one’s health. I just nodded and gulped down my cup of cold water.
I thought it might be a good idea to share what the experts have to say on the subject.
Cold or room temperature water
The stomach reacts differently to cold water, than it does to warm, which in turn affects digestion. The temperature of water can also impact your circulation, and can even contribute to things like headaches. When it comes to hydration, though, it’s important to keep in mind that water is water, no matter the temperature.
Dr. Jill Blakeway, a licensed and board-certified doctor says: “Cold water is refreshing and cooling. It’s great on a hot day and a good choice after exercise.”
Drinking warm water may be better in some instances whereas drinking cold water might also be more beneficial. It really boils down to preferences and what you feel might be right for you.
- Room Temperature Water Can Make You Less Thirsty
Drinking warmer water can actually make you less thirsty, which is something to keep in mind if you’re trying to stay hydrated. This can be dangerous on days when your body is losing water through sweating to try to keep cool. If you drink warm water, be aware that you may not feel thirsty as often as you should.
- Cold Water Is Beneficial After A Workout
While water of any temperature will help rehydrate you after a workout, going for cold water may be a good idea if you’re feeling hot and sweaty. Cold water is cooling so it can be helpful during exercise or when you’re overheated.
- Room Temperature Water Aids in Digestion
For the most efficient digestion, drinking room temperature – or even warm water – is the optimal choice. Drinking cold water can congeal the fats in food and because of this the digestive system can become sluggish.
- Cold Water Can Give You A Headache
One study revealed that drinking cold water can make it more likely that you’ll get a headache, and even increase your chance of getting a migraine.
- Room Temperature Water Combats Constipation
Unlike cold water, warm water improves circulation and can relax muscles, which can help combat constipation and abdominal cramping. Dr. Blakeway says, “if you’re feeling a little uncomfortable, a room temperature glass of water, or even a warm cup of tea, can help relax the stomach muscles and get things moving.
- Cold Water Can Stuff Up Your Sinuses
Studies have shown that drinking cold water can make the mucus in your sinuses thicker, and therefore more difficult to pass. So if you’re sick, and need to blow your nose a lot, warmer water will be your new best friend.
- Room Temperature Water Boosts Metabolism
And yet, whan it comes time to grab a glass of water, it’s really up to you whether you pour it straight out of the fridge, or go for water that’s room temperature. There are benefits and downsides to both, so it is all about your personal preference.
PS. If you’re on medication take your pills with warm water.
Why You Should Not Drink Water While Standing
Here are some shocking reasons that tell you the difference it makes to your body when you drink your water standing as opposed to sitting down.
- Standing and drinking water can cause arthritis
- Water splashes to the stomach wall when drank standing
- You remain thirsty when you drink water standing
- You suffer indigestion when you drink water standing
- Your kidney doesn’t filter water properly when had in a standing position
- Drinking water in a standing position doesn’t dilute the acid levels in the body
- Drinking water while standing causes ulcers and heartburn
- Your nerves become tense when you drink water standing
I have summarized the reasons why you should sit when you drink water. I haven’t gone into details, but suffice it to say that all of the above results come from scientific studies.
Sit down, or crouch and prevent all of the above possibilities.
That’s it for now; see you all the next time.