Cold water quenches thirst better. Truth or myth?



With the arrival of summer our need to consume more liquid is activated to keep our body hydrated and our body walking.

The water becomes a delicious elixir that quenches thirst, and revitalizes the body. But … What is better to quench our thirst? Warm water or cold water.

The dilemma arises being in a group of friends in a park. The Miami Heat made of his and our bodies began to experience thirst, caused by fluid loss and increasing our body heat.

A friend insists on drinking water at room temperature, and another friend wanted full ice water.

Is there a difference between both temperatures when quench the thirst? Or is it just a matter of taste … The question was in the air.

Cold water quenches thirst better. Truth or myth?

Does warm water quench your thirst better?

Experts agree that it is true. When it's hot lose fluid through sweating. The skin needs to continually refresh, which increases the blood supply and transpiration (more or less like the truck engine cooling to prevent over hot)

Warm water is more easily absorbed by the body once ingested, which causes the body to quickly recover the liquid lost through sweating.

Now there is the notion that the cold water quenches thirst better. Some people even prefer to suck ice to remove the sensation of thirst in the mouth. The feeling of wellbeing that generate cold liquids appear to be linked with our pleasure rather than with the need for our body.

Although warm water – room temperature – is the best choice when it comes to quench our thirst, we prefer cold drinks because they are extremely effective to quench thirst.

Receptor mouth temperature are not related to the regulation of body temperature, and this is demonstrated with a simple ice.

By applying a skin ice we generate immediate chills, which does not happen in the mouth. So the effect of refreshing our temperature seems to have nothing to do with the feeling of fullness by drinking cold liquids.
When we take water at times of extreme heat we do to restore osmolality (concentration of solutes in the blood).

But since we ingest water, until the effect of it in the blood it is seen passing time, and it becomes difficult to guess how much water should be taken to “regular” solutes in the blood, hydrate your body and replenish water loss. We would still taking water without limit, putting our health at risk.

That is why scientists have determined that the feeling of satiety when taking cold drinks cold and make a call to the body to avoid ingesting excess fluids that the body does not need. The sensation of thirst is removed with cold water, the body digests warm water better … But in the end it's just a matter of taste!

What do you prefer?

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