While clean water is acclaimed to be the healthiest and safest liquid to drink at any time of the day, the right temperature of water could draw the line between good and ill health and life and death.
There was a time when drinking cold water after meals was enjoyable and cooling as it were. But now, medics, after years of research and comparing cases related to water intake, have concluded that the habit could be deadly.
Also, panic messages currently trending in the social media also lend credence to the fear that drinking cold water after a good meal is killing your system.
In a discourse with The Daily Times on the development over the week, a general medical practitioner at Fairfield’s Clinic, Iju Hills, Lagos, Dr. Regina Ojo, has highlighted severe health conditions – some fatal, that resulted from people drinking the wrong temperature of water.
“It’s not really a secret; everybody ought to know that drinking cold water during or immediately after meal is dangerous. I think the problem is that people are just not paying attention,” the medic began.
“This clinic has registered severe health cases – even deaths, simply because people drank the wrong temperature of water at the wrong time.
“Natural and ordinary as drinking water into our system may appear, members of the public ought to follow tips that come periodically from the medical and scientific community.
Therefore, while drinking water solves most of our health problems, we all should drink right; that is, drink with knowledge, understanding and with caution.”
Drinking cold water causes indigestion
“When you drink very cold water immediately after meals, you virtually numb the process of digestion; this accounts for majority of digestive problems and the reason why most people have inflated bellies.”
Should we therefore abstain from taking cold water before, during or after meals? When is it really safe to take really cold water?
“While drinking cold water, especially in hot weather can be heavenly as it helps you cool down in a matter of seconds, it should not be done an hour before or three hours after meals. If you are not comfortable with warm water, drink water at room temperature,“ Dr. Ojo advised.
A Lagos based nutritionist, Mr. Michael Onikoyi, who explained that, unlike warm water which opens our pores and loosens our skin, cold water closes our pores and constricts our skin and this can cause our blood vessels to shrink.
The CEO of a Royals, a natural oil production company, Mrs. Gisela Itunu, said that drinking very cold water immediately after a meal creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to a decrease in the immune system function, making one vulnerable to cold and other illnesses.
“Worse still, instead of working to digest the food and absorb the nutrients to create energy, your body expends energy to regulate your temperature and this can lead to water loss and weight loss,” she said.
According to a message trending on Whatsapp, titled “Medical Alertness: Benefits of Warm Water” and signed by one Dr. Mensah-Asare, a group of Japanese doctors have published that if cold water does not affect you when you are young, it will harm you at your old age.
The Japanese doctors said cold water closes four veins of the heart and causes heart attack. It also makes fat stuck in the liver, reason why most people who have to undergo a liver transplant are victims of cold water. In addition, cold water is said to negatively affect the internal walls of the stomach, resulting in Cancer..
Source: The Daily Times.