We were often told to drink adequate amounts of water within a day for the benefit of keeping the body hydrated. However, only few studies tell us of the right temperature to drink water and for everything other activity like,
- Taking a bath
- Baking bread
- Making coffee
Some of you might even ask…
“Is there really a recommended temperature to drink water, if so, what is it?”
Sceptics would even say…
“But it’s just water, why would there be any difference if it’s cold, hot or at room temperature?”
The truth is, studies indicate that there IS in fact a perfect water temperature for everything. Research suggests that it is best to,
- Take showers in lukewarm water
- Bake bread with cold water
- Drink room temperature water.
To understand this theory better, let us examine water and its characteristics.
Properties of Water
Water is a compound made of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen (H2O) making it a highly suitable solvent. Its characteristics make it unique as it is found in all phases of matter- solid, liquid and gas. At room temperature, water is at liquid state where its tasteless and odourless. However, temperature can largely influence water’s chemical structure and density, thus changing its property.
When water is at its boiling point which is at 212° F, it starts to vaporise and turn from liquid to gas state. Water
Best Water Temperature
So they say, water has varying ideal temperatures based on its uses, let’s figure them out.
Refreshing baths mean lathering in lukewarm water where it’s neither too hot nor too cold. Hot water opens pores but may scald or dry out the skin. If you suddenly feel dryness of the skin, check out your shower water temperature, it may be too hot.
Washing plates and fresh produce. These activities need opposite water temperatures where plates need hot water to rid of dirt, oil and bacteria. Fresh produce like vegetables and fruits can stay fresh longer when washed in water at room temperature.
Drinking Water. We have heard different views regarding the ideal temperature on drinking water. Some people would suggest drinking water at room temperature to prevent oils and unwanted fat from accumulating in the stomach. Others suggest that drinking water can be healthier when taken cold because it can pass easily through the stomach.
Other studies about drinking water temperatures
A study conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) suggests drinking water should not focus on its temperature rather on its quantity and time. According to ACSM studies, drinking water should be done in between meals and not with meals.
Naturally, the body warms up any cold water taken in thus burning more calories. If more cold water is taken in, then more calories burned. However, experts admit that this does not replace going to the gym or your daily walks.