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Dangers Of Drinking Cold Water (Must Read)

We all agree that nothing beats the sensation you get when you down a bottle of cold water or soda when you are hot.
That chilling and refreshing sensation could akin to seeing a river in a desert.

As rewarding as cold water can be, in hot
weathers like ours, experts say that it comes
with serious health consequences. They
warn that one may need to hands off
drinking cold water regularly due to its
negative impact on the heart and the
digestive system.

Consultant nutritionist, Dr. Tosin Akinsanya,
says even though the body cannot have too
much of water, it complains when it has too
much of cold water. According to the food
and healthy living expert, cold water is at a
temperature that contradicts the overall
temperature within the body system.

Akinsanya says that normal body
temperature of the body is between 34 and
37 oC while that of cold water is usually
between zero and two degrees Celsius and
this sudden change in temperature levels,
which usually happens when we drink cold
water, shocks the body, leading to chronic
diseases in those who drink it over time.

“The body is made up of 70 per cent of
warm water. Water is the most important
fluid in the body because it is the medium
blood uses. It is the medium which
circulates nutrients around the body. If the
30 per cent we drink is against the normal
temperature of the body, we see how hard
it is for the body to make use of it. Cold
water causes distress in the tissues and
blood vessels.

“The body has to warm up the cold water
you drink every time to an acceptable
temperature before it can take it up for
digestion, nutrient and blood circulation.

That is why we advise people not, take
drugs with cold water. The drugs will not
digest on time; it means you won’t get the
best of the drugs because the water did not
dissolve on time.”

Family health physician and author of Ten
Habits To Drop Right Now, Dr. Vasant Lad,
adds that drinking cold water after a meal
has adverse effects on the digestive system.

Lad also warns against drinking cold water
immediately before a meal.

For Dr. Lucia John, a major reason why we
should ditch cold water for tepid or warm
one is its effect on the heart.

According to the healthy living expert, the
heart labours more to restore blood
circulation when we drink cold water that is
not compatible with the body’s temperature.

She says, “When we drink cold water, juice,
or any cold fluids, we create the basis for
chronic heart diseases. Cold water has a
clotting effect on the blood and other fluids
in the body making it difficult for it to

“A body that cannot circulate its blood is like
an uninviting swimming pool in which moss
and bacteria grow. The blood may be thick,
unable to flow properly to the extremities of
the body, the hands and feet begin to feel
numb and hurt, the toes begin to hurt, and
the toenails lose their shine and may begin
to decay.

The heart labours to pump the blood
throughout the body, and the lungs fight to
keep up. The legs may swell and become
dark, when blood cannot efficiently pump
back up to the heart.

“When the blood is free from toxins and
flowing freely and properly, we can then
liken the blood to an inviting swimming
pool, clear and clean. It generates happiness
and perfect health, energy and creativity.

This individual contributes maximum to the
health and wellbeing of others in an
innocent, natural way.”

Scientists have also solved the mystery
behind the instantaneous headache
brought on by a sip of an ice-cold drink.

According to the neurologists who analysed
the result of a study, which involved 5,000
participants over a period of five years, cold
water is not friendly to some sections of the

The researchers found that sipping it causes
an abrupt increase in blood flow to a major
artery in the brain that is then followed by
the familiar headache-like. The experts warn
that over time this effect may shrink some
receptors in the brain.

Knowing all this, we have a responsibility to
put into our bodies, only drinks and foods
that will enhance its proper functioning.

Akinsanya gives a final advice on the need to
take regularly water at a normal

“The brain is fairly sensitive to temperature
change, that is why it freezes when you
drink cold water at first. This continuous
seizure is not good for it.

The brain is one of the relatively important
organs in the body, and it needs to be
working all the time. We should avoid
anything that will make it freeze,” he adds.

To know the right temperature of water to
drink, Akinsanya says, “Put one finger in
your mouth and close it. The temperature of
what you feel is the temperature of water or
food that you eat most times. That is what
the body is used to and that is what you
should give it.”

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