How many times have you heard the advice to drink 8 – 10 glasses of water each day? Hundreds of times? Thousands?
It’s such a popular recommendation that the response has become automatic.
“Yeah, yeah, we should all drink more water.”
But have you ever stopped to think, why?
Or have you ever wondered what type of water you should be drinking?
We decided to do some research to figure out why water is important for you and how much water you should actually be drinking.
Guess what we found out?
1. Water Is Important For You (but…)
Water is so important because literally every single one of your bodily functions and processes is influenced by water.
How much water you have inside of your body has a direct influence on how well your body preforms EVERYTHING.
70% of your body is made up of water.
- Your blood is 83% water
- Your brain is 75% water
- Your kidneys are 82% water
- Your muscles are 75% water
- Your bones are 22% water
Without enough water, your body will gradually break down and stop functioning properly.
2. Drinking Cold Water Is Bad For You
While water is very important, whether you are drinking it hot or cold makes all the difference as drinking ice cold water is bad for you and your health.
Here are some of the negative effects that drinking cold water can have on your body:
When you drink cold water it shrinks your blood vessels, making it much harder for your body to absorb the liquids that you are drinking.
Instead of your stomach properly digesting food and absorbing nutrients, your body needs to create more heat to break food down, disrupting the digestive process.
Disrupting the digestive process creates sluggish bowel movements characterized by bloating and constipation.
Drinking cold water after a meal creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to a decrease in the immune system function, making it easier to catch cold and other illnesses.
If you eat food while drinking cold water or immediately after, the water temperature solidifies fats from the foods you’ve just eaten, and your body then finds it hard to digest those unwanted fats.
When someone is extremely dehydrated and is literally dying from thirst, if you give them cold water, they will definitely go into shock and they might die.
This is because cold water is very hard for the body to process and when you are in an extremely weakened state, your body just can't handle it.
This knowledge is not new.
The negative side effects of drinking cold water can be traced back thousands of years with its roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine which pays serious attention to the thermal nature of food.
You see, the Chinese have been using food as medicine to heal problems in the body for a very long time.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, drinking cold drinks is highly discouraged due to the fact that it throws off the balance of your body.
This is why restaurants in China will always give you hot water or hot tea to go with your meal and never ice water.
They know the dangers of drinking too much cold water over in Asia and they just want to help you out!
So what’s the solution?
3. Drink Warm/Hot Water To Stay Hydrated And Healthy
Drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water per day sounds crazy because it is.
You don’t need to funnel water down your throat all day to stay hydrated and healthy, but it is a good idea to switch your water from cold to warm/hot.
(Even room temperature is better than ice cold.)
Since warm/hot water is closer to the internal body temperature of your body, when you drink it, your body can quickly and easily absorb it.
This helps to keep your body hydrated and balanced which helps to promote overall health and wellness.
Regularly drinking warm/hot water can help:
- Detoxify the body
- Improve digestive system
- Promote weight loss
- Enhance blood circulation
- Prevent premature aging
- Ease aches and pains
Making sure that your body is getting enough water every single day is one of the most important things you can do health-wise.
You don't need to go crazy drinking a gallon of water per day to stay hydrated and healthy.
Just drink some warm or hot water when you're thirsty and you should be good to go.
Try swapping out your cold drinks for warm/hot drinks today and see how you feel. This single, simple, change might make all the difference.