There’s nothing quite like a glass of ice water to cool down with on a sunny day, but after reading the following information, you might want to think twice before reaching for a pitcher of ice cold water. Don’t worry I am not here to scare you.
- It Can Lead to Extra Fat
Ice water could lead to extra fat. This is because cold temperatures in the body cause fats to harden and congeal, making them more difficult for the body to digest.
- Hinders Hydration
Drinking ice water actually slows down your body’s rehydration process, rather than speeding it up. This is because the body needs to bring it up to the correct temperature first before it can use it. The only exceptions to this rule are long distance runners, who appear to benefit from the delayed response mechanism for maintaining water levels when they’re on a long run.
- Saps Energy
While drinking ice water can make you feel refreshed and stimulate you in the short term, it actually serves to drain your energy in the long run.
- Irritates Throat
Just as cold wheather can give you a runny nose and block up your sinuses, ice cold water creates the same bodily response. In other words, your body creates mucus as a natural humidifier to warm any ingested cold air or liquid. The difference is that in the case of ice water, this bodily response is unneeded, it results to nasal mucus beoming thicker and more difficult to pass through the respiratory tract.
If you’re familiar with “brain freeze”, which you get as a result of ingesting ice cream or crushed ice, then you should know that ice water can do the same thing. It chills many sensitive nerves in the spine, and they immediately relay messages to your brain, which in turn causes headaches.