Top 4 Benefits of Drinking Ice Cold Water
When to Skip the Ice Water
If you’re fighting a cold or flu, drinking cold water could make you feel worse. Research shows that this is because cold water can cause your nasal mucous to become thicker and harder to pass through the respiratory tract. When you’re under the weather, stick with a hot nourishing bone or vegetable broth and save the ice-cold water for when your body is back up and running. While not conclusive, one study in people suffering from migraines suggested that drinking ice-cold water could trigger a migraine. Another (rarer) condition negatively affected by cold water is achalasia, which impacts your body’s ability to properly pass food through the esophagus.
Interestingly, in many cultures around the world and their respective practices of medicine (including Chinese medicine), the combining of hot and cold foods and beverages is thought to be damaging to your health. Even though this theory is more anecdotal than research-based, some people prefer to drink their cold water alone, or at least away from other hot foods and drinks.
To sum it up, incorporating ice water into your daily routine can boost your metabolism, burn a few extra calories, improve insulin sensitivity and your workouts, not to mention give a natural and fresh glow to your skin. Since improved insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism will naturally set us up for the work of autophagy, drinking ice cold water fits in perfectly with your Glow15 lifestyle.
I enjoy starting every day with a 16-ounce glass of ice cold water. Not only does this help immensely to keep you hydrated, but it jump-starts your metabolism and helps you burn more calories throughout the day. Give it a try, as it just might become one of your new favorite tools in your Glow15 toolbox.