We have heard it a couple of times, drinking ice cold water can do a lot of harm to your body. So we have decided to research this matter and finally gather the straight facts. It is believed, and reposted, and shared through social media, that drinking ice cold water after a meal can cause a lot of problems to our health. The cold water will solidify the oil and fats you have consumed and it will line the colon, which may cause colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome or bowel obstruction.
Here is an example of a viral post circulated through various social media platforms:
The TRUTH: This is a myth
According to a Colonic Wellness Clinic, that conducts research, treatment and management of Irritable bowel syndrome, and other colon related health problems, the following are causes of a clogged colon and toxic bowel:
- Too busy and stressful lifestyle
- Uneducated or lazy diet choices with hard to digest foods
- Not chewing food well enough
- Lack of fibre in the diet
- Junk and processed foods
- Saturated fats
- Lack of exercise
- Passive exposure to environmental pollutants and chemicals
- Exposure to occupational toxic pollutants
- Not drinking enough water
- Constant negative attitude or thoughts
These are the common causes, and take note that one of the causes enumerated on the list is NOT drinking enough water. It is not from drinking ice cold water.
Some people may also develop the following conditions:
It all comes down to the fact that drinking enough water everyday is essential to prevent diseases of the gut. Whether cold, hot, lukewarm or just room temperature, all that matters is that the water you drink is clean, safe, and enough to rehydrate you, and meet the needs of your body.