Have you ever wondered if drinking cold or warm water has different effects on your body? Well, it does. It’s not just a matter of taste and preference, but there’s actually a bunch of physiological processes happening inside your body, depending on the temperature of your beverage. The good news: drinking water, hot or cold, will keep your body healthy and hydrated. However, we’ve also found a bunch of positive side effects and health benefits to specifically drinking cold or warm water. Keep reading to find out what those benefits are!
Why and when you should drink warm water
Ready to detox your life? Then warm water is definitely going to be your next go-to drink. Traditional Chinese medicine has used warm water for centuries to detox the body. The higher temperature of the fluid actually helps flush out the system and your body is better able to eliminate waste. Additionally, drinking warm water is said to activate your digestive system. If you’re one of those people who always have a growling and bubbling stomach, try a cup of warm water or tea to help kick-start your metabolism and digestion.
If losing weight is your jam, warm water can do the trick. First, when you drink warm water, fat is more easily dissolved and digested. Secondly, your body temperature will rise, causing arteries and veins to widen, which allows for a better blood flow in your entire body and in turn breaks up your fat deposits. For an extra kick in the morning, have 12-16 ounces of warm water with a splash of fresh lemon water. Your metabolism will start rolling before you do!
Cold water for better athletic performance
I’m sure you’ve been there – during a hot, sweaty summer day, your run just feels that much harder. Or you’re stuck in a stuffy gym with no ventilator and you want to leave after twenty minutes. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition explored the effects of drinking cold or room temperature water during rest periods while working out (1). The study determined that drinking cold water during exercise can actually delay the increase of your body core temperature, enabling you to work out for much longer. So the next time you’re out on a long, hot bike ride or jog, just freeze your water bottle in advance and take it with you. You’ll have cold water at hand when you’re getting tired and ultimately have a better performance!
Another study (2) tested dehydrated subjects and the effect of drinking water at different temperatures. The study concluded that water temperature at 16°C (around 61°F), which effectively is cool tap water, is the optimum temperature for rehydration purposes in athletes (and other subjects). So if your goal is to rehydrate or perform better at your specific sport, then grab a cool drink and you will absolutely rock your workout!
The bottom line
Knowing when to consume water at which temperature, gives you an extra little advantage on how to lead a truly balanced and healthy lifestyle. As always, keep in mind that your body may very well react differently to your friend’s body, when drinking hot or cold water. Find out what works best for you. Fun fact: our bottles can keep your water hot for up to 6 hours or cold for up to 12 hours. Whether you prefer cool or warm water, either way, you’re hydrated, healthy and will feel more energized.