Warm Water versus Cold Water: Which is better?

Almost everyone knows how important water is for human body to function properly. We often hear from our friends about negative effects of drinking cold water or side effects of drinking warm or hot water. So, is it unsafe to drink cold water or is it safe to drink hot water? Let’s explore the facts behind this popular myth, although keep in mind that there are no sufficient scientific studies to break this myth. Hence, all the information below must be taken with a pinch of salt, honey and lemon :)

Cold water

Cold water is a must in summer. Most of us would try to grab the coldest drink available around after an intense workout. We often feel our stomach full after drinking a glass of cold water and also do not feel hungry. But, some websites on Internet seems to suggest that drinking cold water after a meal will impede digestion and eventually lead to cancer and heart attacks. This is NOT true. Drinking cold water before, during or after meals does not seems to have any major effect on the digestion process.

Warm water

It is for very long believed that drinking warm water especially in the morning flushes the kidneys and helps in bowel movement. Warm water seems to stimulates the glands on the walls of the stomach and prepares the stomach for digesting food. Drinking warm water after every meal may also detoxify the body and improve digestion. Without a proper scientific study, it’s difficult to confirm if this is really true.

Cold Water or Warm Water?

Due to lack of conclusive scientific studies, we thought it might be a good idea for us to visit various health forums on Internet and read what people think about this subject. Below are some of the interesting observations by people in various internet forums about their own experiences and the effect of drinking hot or cold water on their own bodies. We are sharing only those observations wherein people seems to have tried and experienced themselves and it’s completely up to you to try or ignore what is mentioned below. Some of them sounds logically right though, so give it a read.

  1. Some people felt that their stomach was full after drinking cold water and they did not feel hungry for a longer duration.
  2. An interesting observation by one person was that, whenever he had a glass of ice cold water just 5-10 minutes before his meals at any restaurant, he would not be able to eat as much as he normally ate. The reason being he felt his stomach was already full by the time his order arrived in the restaurant.
  3. Some people with severe acid reflux problem seems to have benefited by avoiding drinking water 30 minutes prior to, during and after consuming meals. In some cases the results were so good that few of them even got off their medication. This is for you to try and check for yourself if avoiding water during meals brings any good to you.
  4. A very few people seems to have experienced what they call “better digestion” by consuming half a glass of luke warm water right before they had their meals. They seems to think that drinking warm water helps attain certain temperature in their stomach which aids in better digestion. I am not very sure of this scientifically, so will leave it up to you to agree or disagree.

Decide yourself

Drinking water in either form seems to be beneficial for the body and mostly depends on person to person and body constitution. Drinking cold water may burn a few extra calories, whereas drinking warm water could be improving digestion. Your body type and life style decide which form suits you. However, remember that drinking too much water in too little time could cause water intoxication. Happy drinking!


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3 Comments »

  1. laura Said,

    April 12, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

    perfect i dea!, drink warm water before and after every meal! at least a nice decent glass.then wait an hour or so, drink cold water, before while and after excercising. you think that would work well, give the warm water/belly time to cool and digest before drinking cold water and woking out? wold/could this signifigantly increse health? for weight loss/controll and proper body functions?

  2. Ayana McCray Said,

    September 14, 2013 @ 10:11 am

    I would appreciate if you had medical sources on your site. this would allow people to investigate and see for themselves these claims. I’ve been searching for over an hour and I’ve yet to find any scientific research proving that drinking cold water while eating is bad.

  3. Jacy Said,

    February 25, 2014 @ 7:37 am

    Yes, I have to agree with Ayana, how can cold water cause cancer. LOL Whether there are benefits to warm or cold….hmmm. Maybe, but I think we are at greater risk due to dehydration as a whole than water intoxication. I prefer warm water in the morning, in the form of green tea. It seems to help flush, yes. I prefer colder(but not too cold) water the rest of the day. And I enjoy water with meals typically just at roomish temperature.

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