Is Cold Water Safe For Drinking?

Have you ever been given advice from your mother who got her advice from her mother who got her advice from her mother who got her advice from her mom?
Age old wisdom passed down from one generation to another seems pretty convincing.
Especially when the person giving this advice is someone who's been nurturing you during your early days & would give her life for you.
However, sometimes they can lovingly give the wrong advice.

I have been told since a very young age to stay away from drinking cold water or iced water.
I have been told that room temperature or warm water is the best.
Cold water can even harm me.
Especially right after exercising.

It seems that drinking cold water when your body is hot is like pouring cold water onto a hot wok.
The insides of your body would go...

According to this article, that's not such a bad thing after all.

It's actually cold water that's recommended when exercising vigorously.
During intense physical activity, the body's core temperature rises above the normal 37°C.
Drinking cool water lowers the body's temperature and helps it settle back to its normal range.

Studies have also shown that cold water (5°C) is absorbed more quickly from the stomach than warm, abating dehydration and allowing you to play harder and enjoy your game even more.
Sweating also helps to lower the body's temperature, but through sweating we lose a lot of water, so it's important to keep drinking.

That said, if the only water around is warm, or if some prefer it warm, that's ok too.
In a hot climate like Malaysia, it's sheer pleasure to slip a class of iced water.
Now, I've got double reason to enjoy something wet & cold.
Feels good to know that something that feels so good is actually so good for you!

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