Is the water that you frequently drink cold or hot?
Studies have shown that there can be advantages
and disadvantages when drinking cold water. For example, if you suffer from migraines, it is possible that you cause more pain by drinking cold water.
On the other hand, if you are doing exercise, cold water may reduce your body temperature and prevent your body from overheating.
Also, there is a part of our body that is more
important to investigate: the intestinal microbiota.
2. Hot water and cold water in the intestinal microbiota.
Hot or warm water
Studies have shown that drinking hot or lukewarm water: -Helps your body eliminate toxins rapidly. -Promotes digestion and alleviates constipation. -Helps to detoxify the organism. -Improves blood circulation and relieves muscular pain. There is a strange esophageal illness called achalasia which makes swallowing food and drinks difficult. For those affected, drinking hot or lukewarm water helps the esophagus and makes drinking easier. Even if you are not affected by this condition, drinking warm water is still easier on the esophagus. Drinking cold water worsens this condition.
Contrary to hot or warm water, cold water has certain disadvantages: -It can narrow the blood vessels, which slows down digestion, requiring more energy and more resources. -If you drink cold water after you eat, the mucus may thicken, which makes swallowing more difficult and worsens congestion. -Cold water may cause stomach upset or even diarrhea if you drink too much. -Drinking cold water may provoke constriction of the blood vessels and reduce the normal temperature of your body. -If you drink cold water, your body uses energy to regain its central temperature for homeostasis and has less energy to decompose the food in the intestines. -If you eat food and drink cold water at the same time, the body absorbs fewer nutrients since there is less blood in the gastrointestinal tract.
3. Cold water vs. Hot water
If your choice is between cold or warm water,
the answer is simple, and the Ayurvedic*
tradition agrees. Here we will explain:
The Agni**, when we are talking about the
human body, refers to digestive fire, which is
to say, all food and drinks must be processed.
With the Agni fire diminished and the digestion of food altered, the balance in our organs’ systems may be broken down and our energy channels obstructed.
According to the book by Acharya Vagbhata (2016)***, warm or hot water or at room temperature
“stimulates appetite, helps digestion, digests easily and relieves hiccups, flatulence, the aggravated vata and the aggravated kapha”.
It is easier to drink ice cold water because it is refreshing. Nevertheless, if you drink room temperature water or cold water, you must be aware of the effort to remain hydrated. Studies have shown that people drink less lukewarm water on warm days, which leads to dehydration. So, in order to maintain a well-functioning digestive system without problems, try to avoid drinking cold water and see how your body reacts.