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Drinking water

02/08/2005

Question:

for better health and fitness, should you drink your 8 to 10 glasses of water at room temperature or cold from the refridgerator? i have heard room temperature is absorbed better by your body but that cold water may actually jump start your metabolism. Any truth?

Answer:

The majority of sports nutrition and exercise science textbooks state that cold water not only helps to cool the core body temperature, but also empties more rapidly than warm water from the stomach into the intestines where it can be absorbed.    

However, you should drink a beverage at a temperature that is appealing to you.  Most exercisers prefer cool fluids when working out.  However, drinking a cold beverage in the winter may be a poor choice if you are already chilled.  Warm soup, hot cocoa, or mulled cider may help to warm your body.  A good rule of thumb in checking your hydration status, is the color of your urine.  If the color of your urine looks like the color of apple juice, you may be dehydrated.  You want the color of your urine to look more like the color of lemonade.  This would indicate that you are well hydrated.  The general rule for the average American is ten (8 oz) glasses of fluids per day. 

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Response by:

Carolyn   Nickol, RD, MEd Carolyn Nickol, RD, MEd
Director
Fitness Center at CARE\Crawley
University of Cincinnati