Is Drinking Cold Water Bad For You?

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As we know, water is essential for survival and it is important to maintain adequate hydration for overall health and well-being.

Even though there’s no debate about the importance of drinking enough water, there is some controversy on what temperature water is best for drinking. Some believe that drinking cold water is bad for you.

In this article, we are going to explore the myths and facts surrounding this topic to provide you with a better understanding of how cold water affects your body.

📌 Key Takeaways

  • Drinking cold water doesn’t cause digestive issues or slow down your metabolism
  • Drinking cold water may help some meet their hydration needs since it is more refreshing.
  • It doesn’t matter what temperature water you drink – what matters is that you’re drinking enough water!

📝 Myths of Drinking Cold Water Debunked

Myth 1: Cold Water Causes Digestive Issues

One common belief particularly in Ayurvedic medicine practices is that drinking cold water can lead to digestive problems, such as cramps and bloating. The belief is that drinking cold water leads to the constriction of blood vessels, impairing your body’s ability to digest your food.

However, this is largely a misconception. In reality, cold water is unlikely to cause any significant digestive issues in most people.

Your body is equipped to regulate the temperature of ingested liquids, so they reach your stomach at a temperature close to your body’s core.

While drinking ice cold water may temporarily slow down the digestive process slightly, it’s unlikely to cause any lasting discomfort or harm.

If you do experience digestive problems after drinking cold water, it’s more likely due to other factors such as drinking too much water too fast, overeating or eating too quickly.

Man with a stomach ache

Myth 2: Cold Water Slows Down Metabolism

Another myth suggests that drinking cold water slows down your metabolism, making it harder to burn calories and potentially contributing to weight gain.

However, the impact of cold water on metabolism is minimal at best. Any calorie-burning differences between drinking cold and room temperature water are negligible and not significant enough to affect your weight.

In fact, drinking cold water may have a small temporary effect on boosting metabolism because your body expends energy to warm the water to its core temperature.

It is important to recognize that this effect is minimal (your body only burns about 8 calories to warm up a cold glass of water). This effect is minor and shouldn’t be relied upon as a weight loss strategy.

✅ Drinking Cold Water: The Facts

Fact 1: Cold Water May Help You Stay Hydrated

One advantage of drinking cold water is that it can be more refreshing and may encourage you to drink more water throughout the day.

Staying properly hydrated is crucial for various bodily functions, including regulating body temperature, aiding digestion, and lubricating your joints.

If you find cold water more appealing, it can be a helpful tool to help you meet your daily hydration goals.

Woman drinking cold water

Fact 2: Drinking Water (Regardless of Temperature) Can Help You Lose Weight

We know that when we drink water (regardless of the temperature) this may reduce overall calorie intake and help promote weight loss.

This could be because of a few different reasons. One reason is that when we are dehydrated our body’s signal to our brain that we need water but sometimes our brain interprets that as hunger, resulting in overeating.

In fact, studies show that nearly 37% of people may mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating when they should be hydrating! When you stay adequately hydrated it can prevent overeating.

Not only that, but if you are replacing high calorie or sugar sweetened beverages with water (which is a zero calorie beverage) this can help reduce overall calorie intake, potentially leading to weight loss.

Fact 3: Consider Personal Preferences and Sensitivity

While cold water is generally safe for most people, individual preferences and sensitivities should be considered.

For example, some people may not like drinking ice water because of teeth sensitivity. In such cases, switching to room temperature water might be more comfortable.

Another example would be if your stomach is already upset then drinking warm water or hot tea may be comforting and a great way to stay hydrated when not feeling well.

Woman with sensitive teeth after drinking cold water

📑 Conclusion

In summary, drinking cold water is not inherently bad for you and does not lead to major health concerns. While there are some myths and misconceptions surrounding this topic, the facts indicate that cold water is safe to consume.

In fact, it can be a refreshing way to stay hydrated throughout the day. However, personal preferences and sensitivities should always be taken into account.

If you find that you don’t tolerate drinking cold water there’s no harm in opting for water at a more comfortable temperature.

At the end of the day, the key is to prioritize staying hydrated, regardless of whether you prefer your water cold or at room temperature.

❔ Frequently Asked Questions

Is Cold Water Good For You to Drink?

Yes, drinking cold water or any water (regardless of temperature) is good for you to drink! The most important aspect to hydration is making sure you are actually doing it!

It doesn’t matter whether you reach your daily hydration goal through drinking room temperature water, cold water or hot water.

Is it Better to Drink Cold or Room Temp Water?

If you have any teeth sensitivities then it may be more comfortable for you to drink room temperature water instead of cold water.

However, if you don’t have any sensitivities any temperature water does the trick as long as you’re drinking enough daily!

What is the Healthiest Temperature to Drink Water?

It’s not a matter of warm or hot water or ice cold water. The temperature doesn’t matter – the most important thing is that you are staying hydrated from day to day and getting at least 8-12 cups of water daily.

  • Roxanne Trotter
    MS, RDN

    Registered Dietitian Roxy, fueled by her love for food and wellness, tackles misinformation head-on. Her Master's in Human Nutrition and diverse experience (weight management, hospitals) equip her to translate complex health topics, especially those related to water quality. Through her own practice (Nutremedies LLC) and writing for Water Filter Guru, Roxy empowers readers with accurate, evidence-based information, helping them make informed choices for a healthier life, one sip at a time.

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