Warm Water versus Cold Water: Which is better?

We often receive chain emails of effects of drinking cold water. Is it always dangerous to drink cold water or is it safe to drink only warm water? Let’s explore the facts behind this popular myth.

Cold water

Cold water is a must in hot scorching summer. We often feel stomach full after drinking a glass of cold water and do not feel hungry. But, some cardiologists say that drinking cold water after a meal will impede digestion and eventually lead to cancer and heart attacks.

But, drinking cold water during and after exercise brings down the temperature of the body to normal levels. Studies show that cold water gets absorbed quickly than warm water and prevents dehydration.

Warm water

Drinking warm water especially in the morning flushes the kidneys, helps in bowel movement. Warm water stimulates the glands on the walls of the stomach and prepares the stomach for food. Drinking warm water after every meal detoxifies the body. It improves digestion.

Decide yourself

Drinking water in either form is beneficial for the body. Drinking cold water burns extra calories, whereas drinking warm water improves digestion. Your body type and life style decide which form suits you. However, remember that drinking too much water in too little time can cause water intoxication.



  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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