Water really is the source of life and it is important to consume the recommended quantities to be healthy, but is the temperature important? Does it matter if the water is hot, warm or cold?
When we talk about cold water think about it as a few degrees colder than room temperature. Hot water is considered 4-5 degrees warmer than room temperature.
When it comes to temperature, extremes are not recommended. So, icy cold and boiling hot temperatures are out of question.
When to drink cold water?
During physical activity the body temperature rises, and sweating is a mechanism by which the body tries to cool. In this case you lose fluids and it is important to bring them back. When you drink cold water during exercise, the water cools and hydrates the body simultaneously.
When having a fever
Drinking cold water when you have a fever is one of the best methods for cooling your body down and treating it. It is important to get enough fluids to help your body fight infections and bacteria. Add a little lemon and sea salt into your water to restore the electrolytes you lost.
When trying to lose weight
Cold water speeds up the metabolism and helps you lose extra70 calories per day. Although it is not enough just to drink water, it is good to know that 8 glasses of water a day is the same as walking for about 15 minutes.
When to drink hot water?
When having digestive problems
Hot water in the morning can improve digestion throughout the day. If you drink cold water after a meal, the body will find it harder to digest food, so consume warm to hot water.
When you want to rid your body of toxins, it is recommended to start the day with lukewarm water and a few drops of lemon. Besides lemon you can add cucumber, mint, apple or cinnamon, which also helps with detoxification.
When feeling pain
If you are bothered by headaches or some easier inflammations, it is better to drink hot water. It stimulates blood circulation. Also hot water can help women who are struggling with severe menstrual cramps.