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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 15:30

Cold Water: Is it Bad to Drink Cold Water With a Meal?

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Some people avoid drinking cold water with meals because they think it might impair digestion, while others drink only cold water because they think it helps them burn more calories. Unfortunately, there's not much evidence to support either reasoning. But drinking enough water, with or without ice, is important for good health.

Drinking Cold Water

There are two parts to the erroneous myth that drinking cold water with a meal is bad. First, drinking cold water itself is not bad, it is actually better for you. Go Ask Alice, a resource by Columbia University Health Services, states that cold water is actually absorbed from your stomach into your body more quickly than warm water.

Drinking Water with a Meal

The second part of the myth, that drinking the water with a meal is bad, is also wrong. Drinking water with a meal is beneficial for your body. Rather than diluting your stomach acid and inhibiting digestion, it can actually help your digestion work more efficiently by helping break down the food in your stomach. In addition, it helps fill your stomach up so you eat fewer calories in one sitting.

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Cold Water and Digestion

Purposely avoiding drinking cold water with meals is an Ayurvedic practice. The ancient Indian medical practice believes that drinking cold water puts out your digestive fire, leading to indigestion of the food in your stomach. There's not much evidence to support Ayurvedic practices, however, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine, or that drinking cold water after meals harms your body in any way. In fact, drinking water, whether warm or cold, benefits digestion by helping to prevent constipation.

Benefits of Water

You should be drinking water with your meals because it offers other health benefits besides helping digestion. Water comprises about 60 percent of a healthy body weight, and is used by every system in your body. Water keeps your organs and tissues moist, it is a component of your blood, and it helps remove toxins from your body. Without it, your body cannot function correctly.

Dangers of Dehydration

You can avoid dehydration by drinking water frequently throughout the day. Dehydration can be caused by exercise without rehydrating, diarrhea, vomiting or illness. Symptoms can include a dry mouth, fatigue, a decrease in urine, dry skin, headache and dizziness. However, dehydration is preventable by drinking water often, including before and during your meals.

Cold Water and Calorie Burning

Drinking a glass of cold water burns slightly more calories than a glass of warm water, according to the University of Arkansas for Medical Science. But it's only an extra 8 calories. If you're drinking cold water after you eat to help you lose weight or burn more calories, those 8 calories aren't going to make enough of a difference to help. Exercise, not drinking cold water, helps you burn more calories.
Cold Might Be Better

When it comes to water temperature, cold water might be better than warmer water. Columbia Health reports that cold water leaves the stomach faster than room-temperature water, which makes it a better choice when you're trying to rehydrate. It's also cooling, which is helpful when it's hot outside. You might drink more if it's cold, too. People prefer the taste of cold water, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.
Water Drinking Tips

The University of Arkansas says men need 15 cups of water a day and women 11 cups. While some of this comes from foods in your diet -- fluid-rich fare like fruits and vegetable -- the rest of it comes from fluids you drink.

Drinking a cup or two of water, whether cold or room temperature, after you eat a meal can help you meet your daily water needs. It may also help fill you up so you feel more satisfied, which may lead you eat less if weight loss is one of your goals.

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