Some studies suggest that drinking cold or warm water has different effects on health

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 23, 2018
07:45 A.M.
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People, in general, know that drinking water is good for us. But it isn’t a widely known fact that there’s a difference between drinking cold water compared to warm water.


Studies have shown that warm water should always be your first choice. It has many health benefits compared to cold water which most people like to drink.

Drinking water is one of those things that people tend to neglect. But the results thereof are seen as one gets dehydrated, which then manifests as headaches, joint pain, and digestive problems. 

But the type of water you drink could also affect your health. Ice cold water could actually be causing a number of health problems that wouldn't easily manifest if one was drinking warm water instead. 

Cold water, measuring from 45 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, constricts the blood vessels and restricts digestive abilities. The body then has to use energy to regulate temperatures instead of turning food into energy. 


Cold water also creates excess mucus in the body, and solidifies fats, making them harder for the body to digest. It’s been suggested that one should rather opt for a glass of warmer (80 to 106 degrees Fahrenheit) water.

Warmer water improves the body's metabolism. It’s best to it drink it early in the morning with a dash of lemon for added benefits. 


It flushes out toxins by breaking down food and oils faster, making it easier for the body to digest the food. The best time to drink warm water for this benefit is right after a meal. 

Some studies have suggested that warm water should be stored in copper bottles. The combination of the water and the copper has great benefits for the body, including purifying the blood and killing harmful bacteria. 


Drinking warm water with lemon or lime in it can also aid those who suffer from diabetes and high cholesterol. The heat will help to break down the buildup in the arteries.

This will increase the blood circulation in the body. Suffering from bloating and constipation may also be a sign of dehydration, with which warm water could assist with. 

Research has indicated that warm water can decrease the amount of mucus in the nose, throat, and gastrointestinal tract. Lower mucus levels could help to prevent illnesses.