When eating out, it is a nice idea to ask for a glass of water with no ice. Taking the fun out? Nope! It is just plain healthy.
You probably know that warm water opens your pores and makes your skin feel looser, while cold water closes your pores and constricts your skin. Guess what? Drinking cold water does the same thing to your digestive tract!
|Cold water is refreshing, but is it healthy?|
What Happens When You Drink Cold Water?
- When you drink cold beverages your blood vessels shrink, your digestion becomes restricted and hydration is hindered.
- Instead of working to digest the food and absorb the nutrients to create energy, your body is expending energy to regulate your temperature. This can lead to water loss.
- Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to adecrease in immune system function, making it easier to catch colds and illnesses.
- If you eat food while drinking cold beverages or immediately after, the water temperaturesolidifies fats from the foods we’ve just eaten and the body in turn finds it hard to digest the unwanted fats from our bodies.
Benefits to Drinking Warm/Temperate Water
- Faster increased hydration
- Natural digestive enzymes are stimulated and therefore your digestion is enhanced
- Food breaks down more easily
- Your bowels move better (warm water with lemon in the morning is great for this!)
- It purifies your blood and increases your bodies natural detoxification processes via your skin, kidneys and lymphatic system
|Better drink it as it is, just make sure it is clean.|
Some people say that drinking ice water is beneficial because it burns more calories. But we do not want to make our digestive system have to work harder; we want to makes things as easy on it as we can. There are many other ways to burn calories!
Once you get into the habit of drinking water at room temperature or warm, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Some people have also reported reduction in sugar cravings.
So, the next time you eat out ask your server to “Hold the Ice!”
Source: Hot 6 Today
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