Cold Or Hot? What Water Should You Drink?

Sharon Kleyne Asks Does Cold Water Help You Lose Weight? Water Advocate Sharon Kleyne Examines Theories About Drinking Water.

International water educator Sharon Kleyne has urged people for more than two decades to drink eight to ten glasses of water a day as part of her lead-in to her syndicated radio program The Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water, Global Climate Change and Your Health on VoiceAmerica sponsored by Nature’s Tears® EyeMist®. “I also tell people to drink those glasses all the way down and not sip from them,” Kleyne says, “because that’s how your body absorbs the most water.” And that’s the point. We are constantly losing body water vapor via the process of evaporation. To maintain excellent health, we need to supplement our bodies by drinking water every day. But what kind of water should we be drinking? What temperature is best?

Victoria’s Secret model Lindsay Ellingson begins each day with a glass of warm water. Why? Because an Ayruveda specialist taught her that the body has an easier time absorbing warm water, which is close to its natural temperature. Ellingson also believes that warm water soothes the stomach. Ellingson is far from alone in these beliefs. It’s true that warm water breaks down food faster and usually results in a better bowel movement. Warm water can also purify your blood, increasing your body’s natural detoxification processes taking place in the skin, lymphatic system and kidneys. An added bonus, reported by many believers, is that drinking warm water will curb sugar cravings.

However, others believe just as strongly that cold water—even ice water—is preferable to and healthier than warm water. Ice water fans are quick to point out that a major benefit is weight loss. The body’s metabolism, they say, is triggered to work more strenuously when cold water is ingested. Think of it this way. If you jump into a cold shower, your metabolism can spike as much as 550 percent. That’s a lot! Advocates insist that the cold water makes your skin and hair glow and boosts your immune system.

Then there is the ice cream argument. Neuroscientists have proved that ice cream makes you happy by stimulating the orbitofrontal cortex, the ‘enjoy me’ track of the brain. If ice cream has this effect, scientists reason, then it’s likely that cold or ice water does, too. In addition, cold water will reduce the blood flow to your muscles and send them new, less lactic acid-filled blood. The benefit to you will be fewer aches and pains. Finally, cold water stimulates hormones and testosterone (despite the myth of taking a cold shower ‘to cool down’).

Kleyne sees both sides and cautions that everyone is different. “No two eyes alike, no two anything alike,” says Kleyne. “Everybody’s metabolism reacts differently to the evaporation process. The important thing,” she adds, “is to drink water—eight to ten glasses every day.”


Would you like to share your thoughts on drinking warm or cold water? Are you worried about the water you drink? If you have comments or stories you’d like to share, we’d like very much to hear from you! You can easily reach us in the following ways. 800-367-6478 ~ Fax 541-474-2123 or on Twitter at @sharonkleynehr


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