Here’s an interesting point of discussion.
How many of you prefer drinking warm water to cold water?
I enjoy my iced drinks but I usually take my water plain and warm or at room temperature. While growing up in an Asian family, I was always warned by my late grandma that drinking too much cold or iced water was bad for you and can lead to indigestion and arthritis. Of course, being young and hot headed, I wouldn’t listen to her. Besides its not scientifically proven either way.
That said, as I grew older I realized that drinking warm drinks was more soothing to my insides. Sure, I still take my iced drinks but if its very hot outside and I take a very cold drink, I find that I actually feel warmer after a while, although there is the initial cooling down of the body. I think the body actually has to work harder and generate more heat to warm up the cold water coursing through our insides.
When I dine out, I opt for warm or hot water instead of iced drinks. I find it helps my digestion and since I’m Asian, I believe in the yin and yang of things so by my book, too much cold water can offset your yin-yang balance.
Some say that drinking cold water with a meal can cause heart attacks or even cancer but these are generally debunked as hoaxes or urban myths. Hoaxes or not, there are proponents of the theory of sticking to warm or hot water with meals for this reason.
Personally, I don’t drink cold water often as a matter of choice, less so for any perceived health reason. I’m not averse to the occasional cold drink – heaven knows the hot weather demands it! But I just opt for warm or room temperature water when I can.
How about you? Do you believe in the health benefits of drinking hot or cold water? Which do you prefer?