What Does Cold Water Do To Your Body?

Drinking Cold Water After Eating

After eating there is a general tendency to drink water at the culmination of it, but have you for once stopped to think about what it may do to your body? It has been an age-old myth that drinking cold water after a meal may impair one’s digestive abilities. Some even go as far as believing that fats may solidify as a result of taking a cold glass of water or ice after a good old African meal of stewed cattle offal. Unfortunately, there’s not much scientific evidence to support this reasoning. Whatever the temperature of water maybe, eventually it assumes your body temperature when you drink it. Drinking enough water, with or without ice anytime of the day is important for good health.

What is enough water for a grown up?

While there may be a lot of literature with varying information about how much one needs to drink in terms of water per day, it is quite clear that it’s not a case of one size fits all situation. One school of thought says one needs 35ml of water for every kilogram of body weight. For example, someone weighing 66kg would need 2 310ml of water a day. All this water is necessary for flushing out toxins and waste products in your body as well as carry nutrients to your body cells for metabolism.

Is cold water really bad for drinking?

There are some health conditions that drinking cold water may aggravate. Research has shown drinking cold water may trigger migraines in people that already experience migraines. If you’re trying to treat a cold or flu, drinking cold water might make your congestion feel worse.

Cold Water and Digestion 

Drinking water, whether warm or cold, aids digestion by helping to prevent constipation. Drinking cold water though burns slightly more calories as evidence shows than a glass of warm water, but it’s only an extra 8 calories. Thus, drinking cold water for weight loss purposes doesn’t really do any notable difference. Exercise, not drinking cold water, helps you burn more calories.

Why cold water may be better

Evidence shows that cold water leaves the stomach faster than warm or room temperature water which makes it ideal for rehydrating purposes especially for sports people. Cold water is also cooling and because most people prefer the taste of cold water, they drink more water when it is cold compared to warm or room temperature water. So, go ahead, sip on that glass of water because your body needs it.

Andrew Manjonjo writes in his personal capacity as a Health Promotion Practitioner and Wellness Consultant

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