Warm water vs Cold Water: Know which one could be harming you

Warm water vs Cold Water: Know which one could be harming you

Could you be compromising your health by drinking a certain kind of water? What if it was necessary for your body to get water at the right temperature?

With the rapidly changing and high-performance lifestyles of global populous, people are becoming more prone to forget the essential requirements of their body. One of the most important of them is drinking enough water. When they find themselves suffering from headaches, joint pain, constipation, digestive problems or more, they may just be dehydrated. 

We often suffer from ailments just due to dehydration (iStock)
We often suffer from ailments just due to dehydration (iStock)
Drinking water regularly keeps blood pressure in balance (Pixabay)
Drinking water regularly keeps blood pressure in balance (Pixabay)

Since the human body owes up to 60% of its makeup to water, it should be made a habit to give your body the required hydration and more. However, most of us think that drinking cold water does the job. But that is being challenged by new studies which claim that drinking warm water can heighten the benefits of drinking water for the human body.

Effects of cold water

Cold water can decrease your digestive prowess (Pexels)
Cold water can decrease your digestive prowess (Pexels)

Usually, the standard yardstick for essential warm water is 80 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit and that of the cold water is 45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. One must consider the following facts about the workings of cold water on their system: 

 - Your digestive abilities are restricted because cold water constricts your blood vessels.

- Cold water can destabilize your body temperature, making the body work harder for it to calibrate and adjust to the new colder temperature. While it could have turned the food into energy. 

 - Cold water intake creates an excess of mucus in your system, which leads to greater chances of you becoming sick.

- It leads the fats to become more solid and equally difficult for the body to digest and convert into energy. 

But the picture is not so glum, its counter has higher remedial effects on your body.

7 Reasons to drink warm water

Eastern cultures have been promoting the benefits of drinking warm water regularly for centuries. Traditional Chinese medicine and traditional Hindu medicine have emphasized that it is good for overall physiological well-being. 

1. Helps improve metabolism

Hot water cleanses your system (Pexels)
Hot water cleanses your system (Pexels)

Warm water has a very positive effect on the metabolic rates. Hot/warm water quicker metabolism and healthier balance. In ideal scenarios, one should maintain a habit to drink warm water first thing in the morning after waking up. 

Lemon is a natural anti-oxidant (Pexels)
Lemon is a natural anti-oxidant (Pexels)

Warm water with a bit of lemon juice works great on your system, especially in the morning. It helps in kick-starting your metabolism and other essential organ functions. Cellular functions and energy production are also aided by intaking warm water.

2. Boosts digestion 

Things get broken down faster with warm water (Pexels)
Things get broken down faster with warm water (Pexels)

Our body process yield many by-products besides energy. We produce a considerable amount of toxins on a daily basis which needs to be flushed out. And a glass of warm water is the best and easiest way to do that.

Digestive systems need to be kept clean (Pixabay)
Digestive systems need to be kept clean (Pixabay)

Foods and oils are broken down at a much rapid rate by warm water, eventually boosting your digestive system. By that way, the best time to drink a glass of warm water would be after a meal. The British Homeopathic Association states that a cup of boiled water before breakfast cleanses the stomach and aids in digestion.

3. Purifies blood

Most disciplines agree with benefits of morning intake of warm water (Pexels) 
Most disciplines agree with benefits of morning intake of warm water (Pexels) 

Ayurvedic disciplines advise storing water in copper vessels. Their findings state that copper is highly instrumental in killing harmful bacteria and purifying one's blood. Moreover, for giving a roaring start to your natural detoxification process, one can drink warm water out of a copper vessel. 

Copper water bottle (Wikimedia Commons)
Copper water bottle (Wikimedia Commons)

That being said, modern health professionals are stating that while copper has its health benefits, the act of drinking water from a copper waterbottle would not necessarily hold significant effects on one's overall health. 

4. Helps battling obesity and high cholesterol 

Active lifestyles can become healthier with warm water (Pixabay)
Active lifestyles can become healthier with warm water (Pixabay)

For individuals with diabetes, mixtures of warm water and lime are told to be particularly beneficial. It is also a stellar solution to the extra blocking build-up in the arteries, which increase the volume of blood flow and aids in circulation. Though it is dependent on one's condition, warm water and lime mixture may help in regulating weight and blood sugar levels. 

Warm water and tea with a splash of lime can lighten you up (Pexels)
Warm water and tea with a splash of lime can lighten you up (Pexels)

Furthermore, the citrus mixtures can be paired with tea between meals. However, the Institute for Traditional Medicine emphasizes that the apt time to drink the water of such nature is after one has had enough time to digest their food. 

5.  Fights constipation

The regularity of bowel movements can be restored (Pexels)
The regularity of bowel movements can be restored (Pexels)

Many of us face this problem more often than we would like. The uneasy feeling of bloating are mainly due to dehydration. Therefore it is highly advised to have a consistent intake of warm water throughout the day. 

Having a reliable pattern of drinking water can also increase the regularity of your bowel movements. For highest benefits, drinking warm water on an empty stomach is adviced. 

 6. Breaks down mucus accumulation

Cold water can add to your mucus level (iStock)
Cold water can add to your mucus level (iStock)

A fresh study explored the effects of hot water, cold water, and chicken soup on mucus accumulation. It was found that the when the participants consumed hot water, there was a decrease in mucus accumulation in the nose, throat as well as gastrointestinal tracts. 

Moreover, it was also hinted that one's vulnerability to catching a virus decreases when one drinks hot/warm water. The passage of mucus can be smoothened, which prevent the bacteria from growing and causing more infection. 

7. Makes you friendlier 

Warm water may help you see other in a warmer regard (Pexels)
Warm water may help you see other in a warmer regard (Pexels)

A recent article published by the Guardian suggests that hot beverage, hot water in this article's case can lead on to improve their mood. The team of researchers suggests that our brain sees "warmth" and how we judge people in similar ways. Consider this example: If you are looking at a 'target person' while holding your hot cup of coffee, you'd perceive them as significantly warmer then others.

Though it may seem like a long shot, the enjoyable feeling that drinking warm water may give you can just help you see other people as "warmer" or more enjoyable as well. 

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