There’s nothing quite like a glass of ice water to cool down with on a hot day, but after reading the following information, you might want to think twice before reaching for ice-cold water:
It Can Lead to Extra Fat
The weight loss tip for drinking lots of ice cold water to force the body into doing more work and thus burn more calories isn’t completely true. This is because cold temperatures in the body cause fats to harden and congeal, making them more difficult for the body to digest.
Another very obvious reason you should not be gulping down cold water, is your increased chances of getting a sore throat and stuffy nose. Drinking chilled water, especially after a meal, results in the build up of excess mucus (respiratory mucosa), which forms the protective layer of the respiratory tract. However, when the tract gets congested, it becomes vulnerable to many inflammatory infections.
Although drinking water that’s at room temperature helps the digestive process, drinking ice 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 really need to “go”.
Could decrease heart rate
Some studies have also shown that cold water may have a role to play in decreasing your heart rate. Drinking ice water supposedly stimulates the vagus nerve. This nerve is a significant part of the body’s autonomous nervous system, and it mediates the lowering of heart rate. When you consume chilled water, the low temperatures of the water stimulates the nerve to cause the heart rate to drop.
Drinking ice water can lead to stomach upsets, abdominal pain, stomach gurgling, and nausea. This is because cold temperatures are anti-inflammatory, therefore causing blood vessels to retract. Another side effect of ingesting ice cold water is that the stomach contracts and becomes too tight to be able to process food efficiently.
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