Water is the most refreshing beverage we can give our bodies. After all, more than half of the human body is made up of the stuff! We must hydrate constantly to keep our cells and organs operating in peak condition.
However, there’s a lot of conflicting information swirling around about how water should be consumed. Should it be plain or have lemon in it? Should it be out of a disposable plastic bottle or something reusable, like a Define water bottle? And lastly, should it be hot, room temperature, or ice cold?
In 2015, an article in NY Mag about a Victoria’s Secret model caught the public’s eye. Models are known for having incredibly fit bodies, and this particular one claimed that the secret to her physical appearance was her early morning beverage. The model said that an Ayurveda specialist told her that warm water is more easily absorbed by your body than cold water and is gentler on your stomach.
But then you’ll find lots of articles that say if you’re concerned with weight loss, you should drink cold water. The theory is water that’s below our body’s normal temperature causes the body to “work” harder in order to warm it up. Any time the body’s “working,” it’s burning calories. However, it’s also thought that ice cold water can be shocking to the stomach and digestive system.
The answer is: it depends.
If you have gastrointestinal issues, or simply want a healthy way to ease your body out of sleep mode in the morning, lukewarm to hot water with lemon is probably best.
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