In Ayurveda and elsewhere it is said that "Jal hi Jeevan hai " yes it is true but drinking water for good health needs some precautions. We should know that what are the best times to drink water and also that which water(warm or cold)is good for health. In this post I will discuss only the bad effects of cold water and benefits of warm water for a healthy life. Later on in some other post we will discuss the best timings of drinking water for good health.
What Are The Bad Effects Of Drinking Cold Water ?
When you drink cold water or beverages, your blood vessels shrink, your digestion becomes restricted, and hydration is hindered.
Instead of working to digest the food and absorb the nutrients to create energy, your body expends energy to regulate your temperature. This can lead to water loss.
Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to a decrease in the immune system function, making it easier to catch cold and other illnesses.
If you eat food while drinking cold beverages or cold water immediately after the food, the water temperature solidifies fats from the foods you’ve just eaten, and the body in turn finds it hard to digest the unwanted fats from your body.
Some are of the opinion that drinking ice water is beneficial because it burns more calories. I argue that we do not want to make our digestive system work harder; we should make things easy for the digestive system. There are many other ways to burn calories!
What Are The Benefits Of Warm Water ?
Here are some benefits of drinking room temperature/warmer water:
Faster and increased hydration.
Natural digestive enzymes are stimulated and therefore your digestion is enhanced.
Food breaks down more easily.
Your bowel movement is better (warm water with lemon in the morning is great for this).
Purifies your blood and increases your body’s natural detoxification processes via your skin, kidneys, and lymphatic system.
Once you get into the habit of drinking water at room temperature or warmer, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Some have also reported reduction in sugar cravings.
So, the next time you eat out, ask your server to “Hold the Ice!”
Drink warm Water for a Healthier YOU.
Below are some illustrations from Healing Ayurveda to know the benefits of warm water.
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