The benefits of drinking hot and cold water

Faryal Panhwar Dec 01 2015
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The 60% composition of human body is water. As we all know, water is essential for all vital functions of the body: to maintain ideal body temperature, flushing out of toxins and waste products, digestion of food, and metabolism of essential vitamins, mineral and nutrients.

It is a fact well-known that a person may go several days without food but only three days without water. Water carries oxygen, and therefore also aids in the proper oxygenation of all cells and tissues. Moreover, a lot of beauty-related problems are easily and successfully countered with adequate water consumption every day.

You are probably more than aware by now about the perks of drinking water, but were you aware that the benefits of drinking cold and hot water differ and can help us separately? Read further and find out about it.

COLD WATER BENEFITS

You must have noticed that after a workout, or when extremely thirsty, you would much rather prefer quenching your thirst with big chugs of cold water than warm. That is because cold water is faster at doing the job.

1) It helps you burn calories

You might not have heard about this before, but cold water actually helps you burn calories. When your systems are introduced to cold water, they spring into action to bring the core body temperature back to normal. Even though the number of calories burnt may seem insignificant to some, every calorie burnt means a lot to someone who wants to stay in shape.

2) It lowers body temperature  

Cool water also does a great job at lowering your body temperature and saving you from overheating. Overheating may result from extensive workouts, or being exposed to the sun for long hours. Cool water will also protect you from dehydration. Unnecessary overheating warded off with cool water can also protect your heart from straining, which can result from dilation of the blood vessels as an outcome of high core body temperature.

3) It wakes you up!

Drinking cold water also wakes you up! If you’re feeling lethargic and sleepy and are out of coffee, just drink cold water. The perk of adrenaline surge will wake you up.

4) It elevates your mood

Experts agree that eating ice-cream stimulates the orbitofrontal cortex of the brain that elevates your mood. They say it is safe to assume that drinking cold water may do the same. Good thing is cold water doesn’t have the sugar and calories of ice-cream.

HOT WATER BENEFITS

People learned in ayurvedic medicine, drinking warm water works best in aiding digestion, decreasing the harmful effects of the byproducts of digestion and in promotion of healing. Proponents believe that while cold water may have its fair share of benefits, the benefits of consumption of hot water may be greater than that of cold water.

1) It calms your body

Many believe that drinking hot water has a calming and soothing effect on your body. It helps relieve menstrual cramps, headaches and that too drug-free. It allows your nerves and muscles to relax, giving an overall soothing effect.

2) It wards of premature ageing

Drinking warm water also wards of premature ageing. Warm water is better at promoting formation and function of structural proteins, collagen and elastin. Warm water also works better than cold water at flushing out toxins and waste products.

3) It helps with digestion

Another important advantage of consuming warm water is its role in aiding digestion. It does so by helping the breakdown of large food particles into smaller ones. This thereby helps their easy passage through the digestive tract. It can help relieve constipation and other associated symptoms such as bloating, excessive gas, abdominal cramps etc.

So there you have it. Drinking hot and cold water has ample benefits. Make sure you get nourished by it!

Faryal Panhwar

Faryal Panhwar:

Faryal is currently a second year M.B.B.S student at Ziauddin University. She is an active participate in the Model UN where her passion for debate has received her several delegate awards. Seeking to discover the writer in herself Faryal is now working as a freelance writer for HTV.