Cold, Tepid, Warm or Hot: The Best Temperature for Drinking Water
There is no set water temperature that is best for drinking all the time. Bodies can benefit from different temperatures depending on what they’re going through at any given moment—physical activity, illness, dietary changes and more.
A good time for cold water
Cold water is considered more refreshing and tastes better to more people than room temperature water. It is the most appealing temperature according to 60% of customers. The lower temperature is not always appropriate, but when it is, it can do wonders.
Raise metabolism, lower weight
Cold water burns more calories than warm water. It actually burns an additional 70 calories per day when regularly consumed. A person of average weight, around 70kg, walks 15 minutes to burn the same amount of calories as drinking ice water. For someone who has difficulty engaging in exercise, for whatever reason, and is struggling to lose weight, this simple trick is very helpful.
Drinking cold water lowers the body temperature and takes a fever down. Staying hydrated at any time is important, but when the body is in distress, using the cold water helps tremendously. Adding a squeeze of lemon and a little bit of sea salt during a fever can replace electrolytes that may have been lost.
Keep a lower core temperature during exercise
Exercise heightens the body temperature. Sweating lowers the core temperature of the body to equalize it. The sweat is instrumental for weight loss. However, when the body perspires it loses a fair amount of water and electrolytes with it. Cold water keeps the body’s core temperature down to help retain much needed water. Those who drink cold water are 50% more capable of keeping the core temperature down.
Uses for drinking warm water
When we take a warm bath, or a hot shower or swim in a heavily heated pool, our bodies react to it with relaxation and comfort. The same is true of when we ingest warm or hot water. It comforts, soothes, and helps us feel better. The times when this is the best way to drink water are:
•To Aid Digestion
•Help Your Body Detox
•Settle an Upset Stomach (especially after a meal)
•To Relieve Pain
Best Hydration at Room TemperatureWater that is at 16ºC, such as cool tap water, is considered to be the most optimal for hydration, but regardless of whether one prefers a cold or warm water experience, a variety of factors, outlined above, will dictate what kind works best for the body.