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What cold water does to your body

Today’s blog is republished from my friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading publisher of daily alternative health tips that I personally read every day…The original article can be found here:

By: Susan Patterson

Cold water can interfere with a number of healthy bodily processes and actually be detrimental to your well-being in the following ways:

Cold water robs you of nutrients: The body’s natural temperature is 37 degrees Celcius. When you drink something that is very cold, your body has to spend an exorbitant amount of energy to regulate your core temperature. This takes away from energy that is needed to digest food and absorb nutrients.

It may cause a sore throat: Extremely cold water may cause respiratory mucosa to build up, resulting in increased chance of infection causing a sore throat.

It can increase your risk of headache: According to a 2001 study, women who had experienced a migraine in the last year were twice as likely to trigger a headache by drinking cold water.

Heads up, cold water may contain dirty ice: We recently reported that ice is often dirty, coated with bacteria and fungus. This often is true of your ice at home.

On the flipside, here are some of the amazing health benefits of drinking warm water:

Warm water provides pain relief

Forget cold water, drinking warm water can help prevent constipation.

Drinking warm or hot water has a soothing effect on the muscles of the abdomen. It can provide relief from menstrual and abdominal cramping, as well as muscle spasms.

Boosts your weight lossInstead of cold water, drink warm water to help boost your weight loss.

By drinking a cup of hot water first thing in the morning, you can jump-start your metabolism. Warm water increases body temperature and increases the rate at which your metabolism burns calories.

Prevents premature aging

Drinking warm water helps to flush compounds from the body that can accelerate aging. It also improves skin elasticity by aiding in cellular repair.

Clears nasal and throat congestion

Hot water is a wonderful natural treatment for colds. It can naturally dissolve phlegm and clear your airways. It not only clears out nasal congestion, but it also soothes sore throat symptoms as well.

Prevents constipation

Hot water can help you to maintain bowel movement regularity. Dehydration is a frequent cause of recurring constipation problems. Not to mention that the movement of the bowel slows down as it fills up. The hot water can finish breaking down food remnants and flush them through the intestines.

Aids your digestive process

It is believed that drinking cold water during a meal might promote hardening of oils in the food and lead to a fat deposit in the intestine. As mentioned previously, warm water boosts metabolism and aids the digestive process.

Detoxifies your body

The act of drinking hot water naturally raises the temperature of the body. As the body temperature rises it activates the process of sweating, which flushes toxins out of the body through the pores of the skin. The extra hydration also helps the function of the kidneys to flush waste material out of the body, along with toxins.

Improves your outlook

According to Dr. Michael Wald, the director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition in Mount Kisco, New York, consuming hot water activates receptors found in the stomach, esophagus, intestines and mouth. This stimulates pleasure regions of the brain.

Maintains balance in the body

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe that drinking warm water that is similar to the temperature of the body maintains balance. They believe that extremes of either hot or cold throw off the body’s yin and yang. Imbalances are believed to be responsible for symptoms like chills, depression, thirst, “foggy” thinking, sleepiness, bloating and more.

Enhances blood circulation

Drinking warm water breaks down fat deposits that are present in the body and blood stream. The warmth increases the flow of blood circulation and promotes the removal of toxins. The increased circulation induces muscle relaxation, which can reduce pain.

Try warm lemon water

My favorite way to drink warm water is by adding a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice. This is especially beneficial first thing in the morning. Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection. They also help to lower the activity of free radicals and increase the breaking down of body fat, also known as adipose tissue.


About The Watchdog

Mike Geary has been a Certified Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer for over 15 years now. He has been studying nutrition and exercise for almost 25 years, ever since being a young teenager. Mike is originally from Pennsylvania, but has fallen in love with mountain life and now resides in the picturesque mountains of Utah. Mike is an avid adventurist and when he’s not spending his time skiing, mountain biking, hiking, or paddleboarding on the lake, he has enjoyed skydiving, whitewater rafting, piloting an Italian fighter plane (seriously), scuba diving, heli-skiing, and traveling all around the world, enjoying learning about different cultures. At the age of 40, Mike now feels healthier, stronger, and more energetic than when he was 20... All because of a healthy lifestyle and great nutrition!

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  1. Light water, as opposed to heavy water is a by product of freezing water several times. Of course it can be drunk warm after it is produced, but there it is a by product of ice cubes. The article may be a good way to eliminate however small light water content may be in cold water. The author, Any relation to the chemo therapy industry?

  2. no more hot water for me.

  3. I enjoy reading your health posts and pics.
    I always read them all

  4. Guess what. Maimonides warned not to drink very cold water about 900 years ago for the same reasons you mentioned. He also said that drinking very cold water when you are hot as on a hot summer day can give a dangerous shock to the heart.

  5. Rosalin Cruzada

    This is really a very welcome information about drinking warm water with lemon instead of drinking cold water. I will pass this on to my friends.

    • I have been drinking lemon water first thing in the morning for about a year, and there is no doubt in my mind that my overall health is better, ad I resist colds more. I add a very small amount of honey to make it taste better. I just turned 85, so you may have to catch up.

  6. I just want to say THANKS for all this good info without having to buy someone’s book, probably not worth the trouble anyway

  7. Jerald Linzy Stacker

    I’m amazed I’ve managed to survive 66 years. I’ve almost always drank cold water, I don’t wear a helmet riding a bike, I’ve never used suncreen. When we were kids it was a ritual every spring to go the the lake, spend all day in the sun, ride back home unable to lean back against the back seat. After that we got tan and were able to stay shirtless in the sun all summer long. No one I know of in my family or friends ever had any medical problems with the sun. Or cold water. We must all be superhuman. Or just regular humans that didn’t have unknown idiots telling us how bad everything was for us. I feel sorry for the kids growing up in today’s “disaster every minute” world.

    • Don’t fool yourself… you’re NOT superhuman… you’re lucky… in spite of your stupidity.

    • Amen Jerald Stacker. How did we ever survive to reach an old age I am 72 and see things the same way. My mother is 92, her Grandfatheron her mother’s side was 92, her Aunt was 96, her mother was 94, her Grandmother on her father’s side was 96.

    • There’s always that old fart that goes on and on about all the stuff they did as a kid and look at us we are all fine. Except that you are stupid. If you are “all fine” (doubtful) then count yourself lucky. Melanoma is a killer. Using sunscreen is an easy thing to do to help prevent skin cancer. Eating at least a little bit mindfully instead of stuffing your face with fried chicken and sweet tea every day is smart. Drinking in moderation is a good idea. They are not saying that a glass of cold water will instantly kill you. They are saying hey, look at these findings, warm water has benefits. Back in your “hood ole days” Gramps, things happened to people. You just didn’t hear about it because if it didn’t happen in your 50 to 200 mile home range you just weren’t aware of it. Mass communication changed that for younger people. So go take a walk, have a meatless Monday every once in a while, enjoy some wine. And don’t play in the street or ride a bike without a helmet. If you don’t get hit by a truck, it doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to play in the street. It just means you are lucky.

    • You have also been blessed with common sense , another thing lost these days.

    • You are so right!!The days of carefree living are gone ever since GOVERNMENT became the BIG “G” and individuals became the little “i”. We have given up a lot of freedom for the rights to get “something” free. More laws, regulations, and “oversight”. Johanna you are right –I am an old fozzlepuss (NOT the word YOU used in describing us who have outlived our usefulness)–and I used to walk three miles to school (both ways), up hill, facing a heavy blizzard! Of course it never snowed where I lived–our average temperature was about 65 degrees. We climbed trees, scraped our knees, fell, bled, etc. without ever going to an emergency room. Those places were for those with stab wounds, broken limbs, heart failures, etc. We survived!!

    • Amen! Amen! Jerald S–The KEY word is moderation–My in-laws-with the hearty German diet, lots of sausage, kielbasa, “kapushta”, and eggs!! Lots of RED meat, including PORK and very little WHITE meat. They all lived to be till they were in their mid-90’s, with the youngest one surviving till he was 84 –They all had heart problems and their faces were red because of high blood pressure. Maybe it was their genes–and maybe this is only one family out of the millions that are on earth! But they were an exceptional, having survived the great depression of the ’30s, two World Wars, etc.

      Johanna, did you ever think that the state of mind also had something to do with the longevity and “healthy” life??? They loved “C” food–everything that they SAW on their plate, they ate! (to use an overused phrase from the ’60s.)

    • Bravo for you! I’ve been saying the same thing forever.

  8. I can’t drink warm water and have tried too but can only drink very little of it. Ice cold water I can drink gallons of it and it keep me cool where warm water makes me sweat and I feel hot. I will keep drinking cold water. Thanks

    • I’m 74. Raised on a farm. Worked many days in the sun without a shirt. Never had any skin problems. Maybe just lucky? I drink water as it comes from the tap. Not too hot, not too cold. No health problems. Hardly ever get sick. Sleep well. Practice moderation in everything.

  9. This article is useless. What exactly defines cold or warm water? Oh let’s see that would be the temperature. So since no temperatures were associated with cold or warm water, this information is not usable. Thanks Susan Patterson for being so articulate.

    • Silly saying of what defines cold and warm. Obviously if it’s cold or warm to a human touch. Can’t you tell if the water is warm or cold, even a kid can tell lol

  10. Lol “Good ole days” not “hood ole days” of course.

  11. Fascinating article! I am a nurse & the reasons why warm water is healthier than cold water concurrs with what I have learned in Anatomy & Physiology. It makes sense!

    • Good to hear that you said it makes sense to be healthier to drink warm water. Sigh… Some people don’t have common sense, so sad for them.

  12. There are so many things out there they don’t do this, do this. Most of it is not new news. You get these people who say they are experts and then you look at their age, no more than 30-40 years. Then the one person calling the other a old fart. Really that was totally uncalled for. You probably say something about me. Its just people expressing their opinions. No need for name calling. I drink cold and warm water. I’m 63 some things I know others I don’t, but just good to see it, whether I want to believe it or not is my choice.

  13. There are all kinds of uses for water, some of which are mentioned in this article. It is an Earth Element, crucial to health–and, of course, to life. However, please note this: before civilization, the water we drank was from rivers and streams. That water was not hot, it was not warm. It was cold, it was refreshing, and it was good, unpolluted. Cold water is what we drank for most of our existence in this form. And there are many, many more uses for cold water, be certain of that–including some very healthy ones. There is just a right use of water–at any temperature. I speak and write as a graduate in Anthropology and as a Traditional Naturopath of over 47 years experience.

  14. Don’t eat snow if you are cold and thirsty. It could cause hypothermia.
    Myself, I can afford the extra calories of food/fat energy it takes to bring cold water up to my ideal body temperature. I might go on the cold water fat reduction diet.

    • 66 years of age is still young, if you want to live for another 20 years, of course illness free but only if you are aware of the toll you are going to play on your body by thinking you are super human. Come on people, have some common sense.

  15. Your right about cold water. From when I was a small kid 5 or 6, I would hold the water in my mouth till it warmed up some. Still drink it cold from the fridge, never use ice. But do prefer it warmed up some, it is relaxing.

  16. My mom is Chinese and she and my dad always drank hot water with their meals. Even when going out to a restaurant, they would drink hot water. I’m 66 and I also drink hot water with all meals, even though friends and family look at me like I’m weird. Mommy said that the Chinese believe hot water will help break down the fat or grease in the food and cold water will turn the food into a hard ball of grease. It makes sense. I mean when I wash a greasy plate, I use hot water, not cold water!

    • At least it has been affected to my health. These other comments from the name-calling, I would say forget about this ignorant individual.

  17. The article fails to mention how to obtain the warm or hot water. Water from the hot tap in your kitchen could be dangerous ! The warm water could contain high levels of lead ,calcium and other unclean metals that leach from the hot water pipes. One should never drink or cook with water from the hot water tap. Use cold water and heat it in the microwave or the stove.

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