When most people are suffering from dehydration, they will experience constipation, joint pain, digestive issues and many more symptoms. In fact, some people will go for days without drinking water, which is alarming because about 60% of our body is made up of it. So it’s important that you consume a sufficient amount of water to avoid dehydration. Now, there is an ongoing debate on what type of water people should be consuming. While the obvious choice for most people is cold water, there is also research that makes the case for drinking warm water as well.
According to the Daily Nutrition News, those who drink water that is 80 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit could be damaging their body. By drinking cold water, you increase the risk of getting sick. The reason for this is that cold water decreases the function of the immune system which is caused by the creation of excess mucus in the body because of drinking cold water.
In addition, research from the European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research showed that drinking cold water at that temperature can make your blood vessels become smaller and restrict your ability to digest food properly.
Reasons to Drink Warm Water: Now that I have informed you of a couple of reasons to avoid drinking cold water, I’m going to give you some good reasons to drink warm water. The first reason is that it cleanses your digestion, according to Stella Metsovas, clinical nutritionist and media health expert in Food and Nutrition Sciences. Metsovas states that warm water helps break down the food in your stomach and keeps the digestive system going. She adds that people who have a class of cold water after a meal will actually harden the consumed food which creates a fat deposit in the intestine.
Alleviates Pain: According to Healthline, warm water is beneficial for cramps because it helps increase blood flow to the skin and also helps relax the cramp muscles.
Stops Premature Aging: Toxins in the body have the ability to speed up the aging process. But according to Metsovas, warm water can change that. It can help repair skin cells which can increase elasticity. She adds that women will always benefit from drinking warm water because they have more hormones.
Decrease Stress Levels: According to a study published in the journal Psychopharmacology, drinking warm water helps improve the central nervous system; you could end up feeling less anxious after a glass. The study also suggests drinking a glass of warm milk after warm water.