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Benefits of Drinking Warm Water vs. Cold Water

Oct 27, 2017

Quenching our thirst with a glass of water is one of the most satisfying things in the world. The benefits of drinking water to keep the body hydrated are well known, yet there is one dynamic which is often overlooked by us when refilling our water indexes, the temperature of the water we drink.

Yes, the temperature of the water you are drinking can also have an effect on your health, and this fact has been endorsed by several Ayurvedic texts as well. Let's have a look at the science behind the temperature of water we should be drinking.

When to drink cold water?

There are several circumstances under which drinking cold water can be beneficial, such as

During exercise

Exercising warms our body and causes sweating, which is a natural cooling mechanism. However, we lose a lot of water and electrolytes through sweat and become dehydrated.

Sipping cold water at regular intervals during exercise will not only replenish your lost water stores but will also keep a check on your body’s temperature.

If you are trying to lose weight

Drinking cool water during your weight loss regimen can help you burn some extra calories. Cold water boosts your metabolism and causes extra calorie consumption by your body.

Regularly drinking cold water can help you consume up to 70 extra calories per day, which means you can take a break from exercise once in a while and rely on water to keep you fit.

When you have fever

If you are surprised with this assertion, let's understand a basic fact. When we have fever, our body temperature rises because the body is fighting the viruses that are causing the condition. Drinking a glass of cool water or normal water from can provide instant relief.

One thing to keep in mind though is that the water should come from a clean source. In today’s polluted environment, buying a water purifier can be beneficial for your and your family’s health.

Search online for the best water purifiers available in the market and consider your options. Generally, reverse osmosis is considered one of the best water purifier technology. Livpure offers some of the best water purifiers for Indian homes.

Cool water also helps in restoring the lost electrolytes and you can add ORS or lemon juice to make it even more refreshing.

When to drink warm water?

Now that we know what cold water can do for our body, let's have a look at the benefits of drinking warm or normal water.

If you have indigestion

Warm water makes it easier for body to process and digest foods. Having a glass of warm or normal water in the morning is known to stimulate digestion and ease bowl movement.

In comparison, when we have cold water with meals, the body has to make an extra effort to warm up the food in our stomach for proper digestion.

While you are detoxing

We have all come across homemade detox water remedies for flushing out toxins from our body. When you are preparing a homemade detox solution, make sure you use normal or warm water. The warmth will coax the nutrients from the fruit and veggies in your detox mixture and make them easier to digest.

For pain relief

Drinking warm water helps in increasing the blood flow in your body, thus relaxing the cramped tissues in your body. If you are suffering from headaches or inflammation, a glass or two of warm water can help you relax.

Concluding thoughts

Cold and warm water have their individual health benefits and underline the strong relationship between water and our body balance. So, use the advantages of cold and warm water to plan your exercise, diet and healing. If you are living in a metro city, look up a good water purifying unit and protect your family from ill effects of water pollution.

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