It summer or we just finish a hectic workout , we all know that there is nothing better than having a glass of cold water, but … Is it advisable or should we have a glass of warm water instead?
There is a lot of controversy about the effects of cold water on our body. And there are some who think it is very harmful. Legend has it that Felipe del Hermoso died after drinking a glass of very cold water after a ball game.
Myth or Reality?
Many people say that drinking cold water, especially after eating, causes the appearance of serious illnesses and even sudden death . This idea is due to the mere speculation that when drinking cold water after a meal, it solidifies the ingested fats, delaying digestion.
- Slim: It’s true that it’s not a large-scale effect, but it helps us burn some extra calories. The reason is that when the water is below our body temperature, our metabolism starts up until it reaches 37 degrees. The colder the water, the more energy our body will consume in heating the water. Eight glasses of cold water a day can help us lose weight.
- Low body temperature: After exercising, body temperature rises and drinking cold water helps to stabilize it as we said earlier.
Cold water and hydrocution
Hydrocution is the main cause why people attribute that drinking cold water is very bad for health. It is the same as talking about cutting digestion and that cutting of digestion in the worst case can lead to a cardiac arrest.
But do not get too dramatic, as we said drinking cold water does not cause the same reaction in our body that we get into a pool with ice water as soon as we have eaten (Here if it is possible that a cut of digestion occurs).
Disadvantages of drinking cold water
Small problems of drinking cold water
The problems that arise from drinking cold water are minimal and if we get demanding we can list a couple of them, which are far from the myths that spread among people: