When Not to Drink Ice-Cold Water

Some of the vital tips on living a healthy life include eating a balanced diet, keeping physically fit (doing exercise), keeping a healthy weight and quitting some unhealthy habits such as smoking. However, there are some untold and rare facts that we encounter in our day-to-day activities and which can pose a threat to our health.

As much as we try to avoid junk food, we usually can’t completely avoid eating some fatty foods. As humans, we always make compromises when it comes to choosing a diet.

Many a time, we are advised to drink more water (about 2 liters a day) to help with the body’s metabolic functioning. What we are not often told, however, is the type of water to should take. For example, tap water may contain excessive amounts of impurities such as fluoride and chlorine which reduce the health benefits of drinking water. But here and now, we’re going to focus on ice-cold water that so many of us enjoy drinking.

Ice-cold water after meals

Although most of us enjoy ice-cold water, especially on hot days, drinking it after meals is not as healthy as you may think. Most food we eat contains a certain percentage of fats and oil. When you drink ice-cold water after a meal, the fatty content solidifies almost immediately and this slows down the digestion process. The formed fatty sludge reacts with the active acids; they are broken down then absorbed by the intestines faster than the main (solid) food. With time, this will line the intestines and lead to fat deposits in the blood vessels, narrowing the space for blood flow. This causes high blood pressure which eventually leads to heart-related diseases.

According to Johnston UNC Health Care, the cold water effects after meals could even worsen the situations for persons suffering from intestinal problems.

Ice-cold water after exercise

There have been different opinions concerning the effects of ice-cold water after a strenuous workout. According to Texas Heart Institute, drinking ice-cold water isn’t recommended due to the big temperature difference that could alter digestion. Instead, the institute recommends drinking cool water since it hydrates the body faster.

It’s obvious that ice-cold water tastes better than just cool water especially after your exercise. However, most health experts discourage people from drinking the former due to the fact that it may cause an “internal shock” to the body organs. Therefore, to be on the safer side, it’s advisable to drink room temperature water right after a workout.

In conclusion, ice-cold water usually doesn’t have any negative effects on healthy people. You just have to avoid drinking in two cases: after a meal (especially a fatty one) and after your workout.