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Is it true that drinking cold water is not good for health?

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Wikilarge - Staying hydrated has been shown to be beneficial for both mental and physical health. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine recommends that men 19 years and older consume 3.7 liters of water per day (15.5 cups) and women 19 years and older consume 2.7 liters daily (11.5 cups).

However, can drinking cold water have a negative impact on health? Some people believe that drinking cold water is a bad habit that can harm long-term health. Summarizing from Healthline, this belief is based on the idea that drinking cold water makes it harder for the stomach to digest food after eating.

Some people also believe that the body has to work harder to maintain an internal temperature of 98.6°F (37°C) when a person drinks water that is close to the ice, or less than 36°F (4°C).

However, is this assumption correct? Drinking cold water does affect the body in ways you may not realize. A small 1978 study entitled "Effects of drinking hot water, cold water, and chicken soup on nasal mucus velocity and nasal airflow resistance" showed that drinking cold water made nasal mucus thicker and harder to pass through the respiratory tract.

In comparison, the researchers found that chicken soup and hot water helped people breathe easier. If a person is trying to treat a cold or flu, drinking cold water can make the stuffy nose worse.

In addition, there are several health conditions that can be worsened by drinking cold water. A 2001 study entitled "Headache caused by drinking cold water is common and related to active migraine" revealed that cold water can trigger migraines.

In addition, consumption of cold water is also associated with achalasia, which is a condition when the esophagus muscles are unable to push food or drink into the stomach. A study entitled "Response of esophagus to high and low temperatures in patients with achalasia" revealed that cold water can worsen the condition.

In ancient Chinese medicine, drinking cold water with hot food was thought to create an imbalance. Usually, food in Chinese culture is served with warm water or hot tea. This belief is reflected in several other cultures around the world.

In addition, consuming cold water also has several health benefits. Drinking cold water while exercising can help keep your body from overheating and make your training session more successful.

According to a study entitled "The effect of a cold beverage during an exercise session combining both strength and energy systems development training on core temperature and markers of performance", this is because drinking cold water makes it easier for the body to maintain a lower core temperature.

Thus, it can be concluded that drinking cold water under certain conditions is not allowed because it can interfere with health. Outside of these conditions, there are no studies that say that drinking cold water can interfere with health.

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