Better to drink warm or cold water?

Is it better to drink warm water or cold water? A couple different trains of thought reside behind the answer of this question depending on the individual and the circumstance.

You might have heard it is better to drink warm water with a meal or cold water when trying to lose weight, but why? The logic: Digestion is made easier when warm water is consumed rather than cold. Cold water constricts the blood vessel surrounding the stomach making digestion less effective, because the body works harder to heat up the water before the act of digestion can take place. Also, drinking cold water with a meal solidifies the fat consumed making it harder to digest and distribute unwanted fat. This increases the chances of clogged arteries in at risk individuals.

Although, cold water totes its own benefits for exercisers, and people watching their weight. Exercising increases core temperature, which makes exercise seem easier by making muscle and tendons more flexible, and decreasing the likelihood of injury. But as you continue to increase intensity the body can become overheated. Cold water can help lower the core temperature, which allows you to work harder longer. Plus, cold water can give your metabolism a slight boost because it must do more work to warm the water before it can be used by the body.

One negative attribute of cold water for active individuals is that cold water is not absorbed as easily by the body as warm water. So you might be less hydrated when drinking cold water versus warm water. Luckily cold water is more appealing to most and people tend to drink more cold water than they would warm, which makes up the difference.

The answer: If you have prior digestion problems you may want to opt for warm water with your meals, but when it comes to exercise I'd stick to the ice cold refreshing version.