(AscendHealthy.com) – For many of us, our morning routine begins with a glass of water. Throughout the day, we might sip more water, from toting a bottle to the gym to drinking from a mug as we read in bed at night.
But could choosing warm versus cold water at the right time boost our health? Quench your thirst for knowledge below.
Cold Water Vs. Warm Water: Which Is Healthier?
It’s Morning: Warm or Cold Water?
When we wake up in the morning, we may feel thirsty. We might even have a water glass in the bathroom to quench our thirst before we dress and begin our day. Is it healthier to choose cold water or warm water for that first glass?
The alternative medicine practice known as Ayurveda recommends sipping warm water with a slice of lime or lemon rather than cold in the morning for these reasons:
- By drinking warm water at the start of our day, we might help our intestinal tract move smoothly.
- Accompanying the warm water with a citrus slice adds minerals and vitamins that also support our digestive systems.
If we’re suffering from a cold or sinus infection, we’ve got another reason to choose warm or even hot water rather than cold in the morning.
Sipping warm water may release mucus from clogged sinuses as we get ready to start our day. One study even found that drinking warm or hot water might be just as good as chicken soup to help us breathe more freely.
Workout Time: Warm or Cold Water?
When we work out, a vigorous routine may cause us to sweat. Should we choose cold water or warm water to hydrate?
Researchers have found several benefits to drinking cold water rather than warm during exercise:
- By drinking cool rather than warm water at intervals during our fitness, we may have better success in avoiding dehydration.
- Exercising while drinking cold water also reduces fatigue, allowing us to work out longer.
- Drinking a cold beverage during a fitness session may help prevent overheating by postponing increases in our body temperature.
- When we exercise, cold water typically tastes better than room temperature. That makes it easier for us to continue sipping water throughout our workout.
Weight Loss Goals: Warm or Cold Water?
Those of us with weight loss goals may benefit from drinking water regardless of the temperature. One study found that drinking 500 milliliters of water increased participants’ metabolic rate by 30 percent.
And when it comes to giving our weight loss an extra boost, both cold and warm water have the following benefits:
- Drinking warm water may help us feel full.
- Warm water might ease bloating and constipation.
- Cold beverages may increase fat burning faster than warm.
- Sipping cold water rather than warm burns slightly more calories (8 calories more per glass of cold water).
As discussed above, both cold and warm water offer benefits. By sipping the right temperature for different needs, a simple glass of water might boost our well-being. Let’s raise our water glasses high in a toast to better health!
~Here’s to Your Healthy Ascension
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