Curejoy Expert Gina Hodge Explains:
Does Drinking Ice Water Burn Calories?
A calorie by definition is the amount of energy needed to increase the temperature of the water by one degree. For someone desperately trying to lose weight, it may sound very fascinating to know that your body does in fact burn calories when it has to raise the temperature of ice water to your body temperature. It takes one calorie to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius, thus our body spends a total of about 8 calories to increase the water temperature to our body temperature.
According to research, if you drink eight glasses of ice-cold water in a day, it amounts to about 70 burned calories, but the number of calories your body expends would be very minute and insignificant and can never replace your regular exercise regimen.
Health risks of drinking ice water:
-According to Ayurvedic guidelines, cold water is very detrimental for the body and should be avoided as cold water shocks the digestive system and it also interferes with the digestion process. Room temperature or warm water is considered optimal because they do not put as much strain on the body.
-Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctors have also advised against drinking cold water as cold water has the overall effect of contracting, slowing and shrinking. Warm water helps to keep everything fluid, protects the internal organs and increases healthy blood flow and circulation.
-To burn 300 calories simply by drinking ice water, a person would be required to drink around 38 to 300 eight-ounce glasses of water. However, drinking a large volume of water in a short span of time would likely result in serious health problems and may even cause death. This condition is known as water intoxication.
Best times to drink ice water:
-Exercise: A study done in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition compared room temperature water and cold water during workouts. Researchers found that participants who consumed cold water were able to keep their core temperature down 50% longer, than the group consuming room temperature water. Thus drinking cold water during a workout helps in re-hydrating the body and also helps to cool down the core body temperature.
-Fever: Drinking cold water when you have fever helps in alleviating the body temperature and it also keeps you hydrated. The energy which would otherwise be expended on decreasing the core body temperature during fever can be used for combating the cause of fever instead.
Thus it may be said that avoiding cold water is beneficial, our body can burn many calories in several other ways, drinking cold water might not be the best option.