Which is Better For You; Room Temperature or Cold Water?

Most of us are aware that drinking lots of water is an excellent way to stay healthy. Water can not only help us to stay hydrated, but it can help maintain optimal health as it provides oxygen and fluid for all our cells, tissues and organs. While there are many health experts who swear by drinking icy cold water, others insist that room temperature is best. The choice is rather more complicated and will depend on your specific situation.

During Exercise Which is Better For You; Room Temperature or Cold Water

If you’re planning a heavy gym session, you’re likely to want to maintain a stable core body temperature. This means that you’ll need to drink ice cold water to counteract your sweating. Ice cold water will help you to cool down faster during exercise. Your body will expend energy to warm the cold water, helping your body to self regulate during a tough workout. A sports nutrition study documented that drinking cold water allowed almost half of participants to maintain core temperature for longer.

Losing Weight

Shifting those excess pounds can be a challenge and drinking lots of water can help improve weight loss. Drinking water can not only help you to feel fuller to reduce calorie intake, but can also help you to avoid feeling sluggish. There is a theory that drinking cold water will help weight loss. This theory is based on the fact that our bodies need to use energy to increase the water temperature closer to or internal temperature. While this may seem easier than hitting the gym, the reality is that you’re only likely to burn approximately 8 calories for each glass of cold water. This means if you’re drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day, it’s only an additional 64 calories burned. So, while drinking water offers greater calorific benefits compared to soda or fruit juice, it would appear that whether you drink cold or room temperature water is down to personal preference.

Improving Digestion

Whether you want to ensure that your digestion is working at optimum efficiency or want to resolve some digestive issues, water can be used to aid digestion. In this scenario, room temperature water works best. Cold water shrinks your blood vessels, restricting your ability to digest any food. So, if you want to improve digestion, you should choose room temperature water that will help you to break down food more quickly, particularly if you have a digestive issue such as IBS.

The Right Choice of Water

Whether you’re drinking cool or room temperature water, you need to ensure that you’re drinking great quality water. Poor quality water contains contaminants that can negate the benefits of drinking water. If your water contains contaminants, the more water you’re drinking, the higher the exposure level. Fortunately, you don’t need to resort to the expense of bottled water, as there are a number of domestic water treatment systems that can allow you to enjoy delicious, clean drinking water at any temperature.

If you have concerns about your drinking water quality, you should talk to a water treatment technician. An experienced professional can test your water and guide you through the range of treatment options suited to your specific water quality issues.

By Mark Williams (NicMar President Mark Williams holds degrees in Applied Science and Industrial Thermodynamics, along with Agricultural Mechanization and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University.  He also holds the highest possible industry ranking, being WQA (Water Quality Association) LEVEL 6 Certified.)

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