Why You Shouldn’t Be Drinking Cold Water
Deciding on change may be hard. May it be about your personal being or of course, your health. You may do it or you may don’t; but at the end of the day, it’s your choice. Not more than 10 years ago, I decided to make a step to take good care of my health – my whole being. I was very young then – about 13 or 14? Not really sure. But one thing I’m sure about is – that choice I made gave huge benefits for my health and my body in general today.
Ever since I was young, I am really fond of singing. At times, I get paid by doing it. It is a general knowledge that if you are a singer, you shouldn’t drink cold water since singers rely on their throat and any throat infection, inflammation or any damage in vocal cords may cause them into big loss, they are highly advised not to drink cold water. And so.. I did! But let’s face it – who wouldn’t want an ice-cold water after a long tiring day and with this scorching heat from the sun, right?! Yet I decided not to rely on the fact that I cannot drink cold water just because I sing.
At a young age, I became conscious of my health and whether what I should and shouldn’t be doing to my body. Upon reading and digging unto information and researches regarding drinking cold water and warm water, only then did I know that what you have been thinking as an excellent thirst quencher may be taking a charge on your digestive tract. And the cooler the water, the harsher are the consequences:
While drinking water that’s at room temperature helps the digestive process, drinking ice-cold water has the potential to cause constipation. Food solidifies and hardens as it passes through the body, while at the same time making the intestines contract, which can lead to difficulty when you are about to let “that” out.
This is one of the most common disadvantages of drinking cold water. Drinking cold water is not good for your digestion as it causes your blood vessels to shrink, eventually slowing down the process of digestion. Because of all this, the food you consume is not digested accurately; nutrients won’t get absorbed by the body as they should be.
3. Fat Increase
Cold temperatures in the body cause fats to harden and thicken, making them more difficult for the body to digest.
4. Drains Energy
While drinking cold water can make you feel refreshed and excite you in the short term, it actually serves to drain your energy in the long run. This is because your body has to use extra energy to warm up the ice-cold water and bring it up to its regular temperature.
5. Can Cause Sore Throat
Just as cold days can give you a runny nose and block up your sinuses, ice cold water creates the same response to your body. In other words, your body creates mucus as a natural humidifier to warm any ingested cold air or liquid. The difference is that in the case of ice water, this bodily response is unneeded, and it results in extra mucus accumulating in your pipes, thus making your throat sore.
6. Decrease Your Heart Rate
According to some studies, drinking ice water may stimulate vagus nerve. The vagus nerve is an important part of the body’s autonomous nervous system and its main role is to control involuntary actions of the body. The vagus nerve mediates the lowering of the heart rate and the low temperatures of ice-cold water act as a stimulus to the nerve which causes the heart rate to drop.
It chills many delicate nerves in the spine, and they immediately spread messages to your brain, which in turn causes headaches.
After long years of practicing not drinking ice-cold water, it’s safe to say that I made a wise choice of taking care of my body through this action. To mind you some of the Health benefits of not drinking cold water, watch the video below:
Video from Cleverly on Youtube