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Drinking Cold Water Is A No-No!

Drinking cold water, especially in summer, feels heavenly. It helps you cool down in a matter of seconds. But ever thought about how it might be harmi...
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Published -14 May 2019, 12:49 ISTUpdated -14 May 2019, 13:30 IST
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Does your first ritual after coming back from work involve running to the refrigerator and grabbing a bottle of chilled water to quench your thirst? Drinking cold water, especially in summer, feels heavenly. It helps you cool down in a matter of seconds. But ever thought about how it might be harming your body? It affects your digestive tract, shrinks blood vessels, weakens the immune system and much more! Read on and stay healthy.

Extra inches

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It’s a myth that cold water burns more calories. Cold temperatures in the body harden the fat and congeal, and making it more difficult for the body to digest. 

Sore Throat

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Another very obvious reason, for which even your elders have been preventing you from gulping down cold water, is your increased chances of getting a sore throat and stuffy nose. Drinking chilled water builds up excess mucus, which forms the protective layer of the respiratory tract. However, when the tract gets congested, it becomes vulnerable to many inflammatory infections.

Restricts Digestion

Drinking cold water can lead to stomach upsets, abdominal pain, stomach gurgling, and nausea. Chilled beverages contract the blood vessels and also restrict digestion. It also hinders the natural process of absorbing nutrients during digestion. Instead of focusing on digestion, your body starts regulating body temperature and that of the water, which can actually cause water loss and make you feel dehydrated.

Shocks Your Body

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Drinking chilled water after a strenuous work out should be strictly avoided. According to gym experts, it is advisable to drink warm water after a workout. Our body generates a lot of heat when we workout. Drinking chilled water can mismatch the body temperature which takes a toll on your digestive health. It may lead to chronic stomach pain as extremely cold water shocks your body.

Could Decrease Heart Rate

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According to research, cold water may have an important role to play in decreasing your heart rate. Drinking cold water supposedly stimulates the tenth cranial nerve-the vagus nerve. This nerve is a significant part of the body’s autonomous nervous system, and it mediates the lowering the heart rate. When you consume chilled water, the low temperatures of the water stimulated the nerve to cause the heart rate to drop.

Saps Energy

While drinking cold water can make you feel refreshed and stimulate you in the short term, it actually serves to drain your energy in the long run. This is because your body has to use extra energy to warm up the cold water and bring it up to its average temperature.

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Leads To Constipation

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Drinking room temperature water keeps digestive system healthy, however, drinking chilled water can lead to constipation. The reason is chilled water solidifies the food and hardens it when passing through the body. The intestines also contract which is one of the major causes of constipation.

Since it's pretty clear that drinking cold water is certainly no good for you,  so switch to the earthen pot (matka) water. Stay tuned to HerZindagi for more such articles.

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