Is it bad to drink cold water?

Drinking water is a fundamental gesture to keep the body healthy, optimal hydration is synonymous with a good functioning of the bodily functions, keeps away diseases such as summer cystitis and ensures a more hydrated and healthy skin. Does the fact that it is hot or cold affect the body differently? What happens in your body when you drink cold water?

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Water, source of life

Whatever temperature you have, it is undeniable that water is essential for life and to maintain good health. It is essential to keep the body hydrated and in summer it is essential to drink more water given the loss of fluid through sweat, something that also occurs when exercising.

In Ayurvedic medicine you have the belief that cold water imbalances the body and slows down the digestive process, so in the Indian culture warm or hot water is drunk to improve the health of the body.


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When drinking cold water some people prone to migraines may suffer from headaches, predispose to colds in winter in weakened immune systems or aggravate previous swallowing problems or worsen febrile symptoms. It can also cause dental sensitivity problems.

Benefits of drinking cold water

Although the refranero has created a bad name for drinking cold water, 'Cold water and hot bread kills people', there are no studies to support this claim. However, benefits of cold water intake have been observed as for example that drinking cold water during exercise can improve performance, and doing so later helps to stabilize body temperature which has increased when practicing sport.


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As well promotes weight loss because when drinking cold water the body would burn calories because of the energy cost what it means to stabilize the temperature. The colder the water, the more energy the body will consume to regulate that cooling and return to the usual 36.5ºC or 37ºC. One more reason to drink cold water if you are in full bikini operation.

Cold water is absorbed earlier by the bloodstream because it leaves the stomach before, so its hydrating effect is faster and effective. The fear of a possible cut of digestion would be unfounded since drinking does not have the same effect as an immersion bath with a drastic change in temperature.


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If you want to overcome the heat wave successfully, rehydrating quickly and with the addition of burning more calories, remember to leave your bottle of water in the fridge and drink at least 1'5L to 2L per day, except if you are prone to headaches or have dental sensitivity, in that case, opt for intermediate temperatures, but make water your main drink of summer and all seasons.

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