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Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 2:31pm
A friend recently sent my husband an email saying that people should only drink hot or room temperature beverages with their meals. The theory was that cold beverages slow down digestion and even solidify fats in the stomach. Kind of made sense but would like to hear if this is actually accurate.

A woman who worked for me a while back told me her doctor told her never to drink iced beverages, especially if you have fillings and other dental work in your mouth. As I recall she said he told her that it would "chill" your brain. I know that sounds strange but also wondered about this as well.

Thanks.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 4:06pm; Reply: 1
I believe Ayurveda also encourages room temp beverages for optimal digestive function.
I get criticized a lot whenever I ask for non iced water in restaurants no matter how hot it is outside!

I also do not consume boiling hot beverages.......I always wait for tea or soup to cool before drinking........works for me! )
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 4:26pm; Reply: 2
I tend to like room temperature beverages as a general rule.  That said, I personally do not feel that drinking a cold (or a hot, for that matter) beverage is going to hurt one in the least.  Ayurvedic tradition is VERY wise in certain ways (hatha yoga), yet in the realm of diet, to me, it has some questionable theories.  If I ate as it says a pitta type should eat, for example, I'm sure I'd be 300 lbs first and then dead second.

I'll take the O diet!  Wu HUUU!

Finally, I was thinking about this beverage temp. Q yesterday and thought about this:  I always think looking to/sticking to nature is the best way to go, and if you think about it, when humans were living la vida loca, living off the land, hunters and gatherers and all that good jazz, they would bend down and drink out of the flowing river, which would indeed be ice cold if the weather were cold, which is a good chunk of the year in most of North America, anyway.
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 5:53pm; Reply: 3
Thanks for your thoughts on this. I do agree that if we were living out in the open that most of the water that we would drink from streams and other sources would be cold, but maybe not necessarily ice cold unless we were drinking from the stream that was partially frozen.

On that note, if ice cold water slows down digestion, that if the humans living out in the open in the winter would drink it, it would slow down digestion and maybe help them from starvation during lean times of the winter. Kind of interesting to think about that.

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:28pm; Reply: 4
My own inclination is to let most things I eat/drink come close to room temperature before I eat them.  I don't think it's good for our digestion to drink beverages with ice in them, but on a really hot day, there's nothing like a glass of something cold.  Try and leave out the ice, and don't have cold beverages with a meal.   And maybe you could let it warm up just a tad, so that you don't chill your stomach so badly.

It's not just Ayurveda that advises against very hot and very cold beverages.  It's also advised in traditional chinese medicine to consume foods as close to room/body temperature as you can.  That way you aren't fighting your body's natural processes.  

That said, we're human beings, and hopefully we can enjoy in moderation the things we love, and not get excessive or extreme with our approach to health.
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:33pm; Reply: 5
Victoria you are so right - becoming obsessive about anything just make people frustrated and confused as to what they are doing is best.

I just thought it was an interesting concept and wanted a little feedback on it. I am sure I am going to drink hot things on a cold night or very cold things on a very hot day, but just for fun we are going to try to keep drinks more at an even temperature.

Not long ago I read about the water diet and the theory with that was kind of similar - people now are dehydrated more than they think because they do not consume enough fruits and vegetables that are naturally water containing. One thing they did say was to drink down a glass of water before eating and to chug it down, not just sip away. They didn't really specify the temperature but I would assume it would be hard to do that with icy water or really hot water!

Thanks again
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:35pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from Victoria
It's not just Ayurveda that advises against very hot and very cold beverages.  It's also advised in traditional chinese medicine to consume foods as close to room/body temperature as you can.  That way you aren't fighting your body's natural processes.  

That said, we're human beings, and hopefully we can enjoy in moderation the things we love, and not get excessive or extreme with our approach to health.

hmmm...well, if Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine both advise against temp. extremes in beverages, there has to be something to it, imho.  Still, as you point out, extremes in our approach to health are no better than extremes in our beverage temperatures *lol*.  As a rule, I will stick to my room temp. preference now and if anyone picks on it (which has been known to occur), I can now say, take it up with Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine.  I will stick to the room temp stuff, but I also will drink cold and hot beverages at times and not worry about it.

Interestingly, I drink tea all day at work (peppermint and green, mostly), and I always wait for it to cool WAY down before partaking.  I prefer it to be down to room temp, which none of my co-workers get *shrug*.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:40pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from colojd
Not long ago I read about the water diet and the theory with that was kind of similar - people now are dehydrated more than they think because they do not consume enough fruits and vegetables that are naturally water containing.

Interesting note:  I notice that when I am grain-free, I naturally drink less water than I do when eating grains.  I attribute this shift to the fact that I am getting far more water naturally from fruits and veggies, and I remember Dr. D. writing that this is the best way to get your water, for deep/intracellular hydration.  I still drink a LOT of water, but far less than when I am eating grains.  I also recalled recently when I noticed all this how, the other time I went grain-free and then BACK to grains, I had experienced being thirsty all the time at first and wondered why.  Then I had realized, oooh, could it be from the grains?  Grains make me thirsty, whereas most fruits and veggies are hydrating.  Yet another cool feature of the O non diet.

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 7, 2006, 6:47pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Edna
.  I will stick to the room temp stuff, but I also will drink cold and hot beverages at times and not worry about it.

Interestingly, I drink tea all day at work (peppermint and green, mostly), and I always wait for it to cool WAY down before partaking.  I prefer it to be down to room temp, which none of my co-workers get *shrug*.


Same here!   :K)

I drink several cups of hot liquids a day, but I notice that I tend to let it sit until it has naturally cooled down quite a bit.  It's still very warm when I drink it, but not Florida asphalt hot!   ;D
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 3:41am; Reply: 9
I like to drink my liquids at room temperature or slightly warm as much as I possibly can.  I do not tend to drink anything ice cold or add ice cubes to my drinks.  

Iced beverages/foods chill the functioning of the liver according to TCM.

Alia
Posted by: Debra+, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 10:33am; Reply: 10
I also like my liquids at room temperature or slightly warm as I find it better for digestion.  Also, whenever I have anything too hot or cold I can taste my dental amalgams.  Not a good thing.  ::)

Debra :)
Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 1:56pm; Reply: 11
Alia, can you explain what TCM is? I am not familiar with that term. What do they specifically state about hot/cold beverages? I had also heard that it was not good for liver function but never knew specifics.

Debra when you mentioned dental amalgams, that made me remember what the lady who told me about iced beverages said. She said her doctor told her that people who have dental fillings should never drink iced beverages because the fillings kind of act as a conductor and (as she called it) "chill the brain". Not sure if that really happens but I do recall she said that was her reason for no ice!
Posted by: Lisalea, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 2:27pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from Alia_Vo
I like to drink my liquids at room temperature or slightly warm as much as I possibly can.  I do not tend to drink anything ice cold or add ice cubes to my drinks.  

Iced beverages/foods chill the functioning of the liver according to TCM.

Alia




I also read that drinking iced cold liquids or even eating frozen fruiit
"chills the spleen"  :-/
Not sure what this does in the long run though  ??)
Anybody ??

Thank-u :)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 2:46pm; Reply: 13
TCM stands for traditional Chinese medicine
Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 3:31pm; Reply: 14
Like Lisalea I would also like more specific information. It is a little confusing to say that the too hot or too cold liquids are bad for your liver or spleen but do not explain.

Thanks
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 3:42pm; Reply: 15
I guess this too is totally individual......
I don t see my hub drinking his water without ice, anytime soon!!!
but for me, I just simply cannot drink anything ice cold!
it feels like I m 'shocking' my body at all levels, brain, spleen, liver, you name it!

there must be a scientific explanation for all this, and I believe TCM has done a good job of explaining........I d google it if I were you and wanted to really know more on this regard....
I just follow my instincts and that has helped me in many ways, later to find out there is actually a science behind this or that issue.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 5:53pm; Reply: 16
I think a simple way of saying it is that iced foods can "shock" the internal organs and momentarily interrupt their natural state or functioning.  Doing this occasionally is not a big deal.  Regular practice of  this can gradually throw off the internal balance, and leaving our bodies vulnerable to decline in healthy organ function.
Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 6:20pm; Reply: 17
Makes sense - and look at how often people drink iced drinks every day? You have to even request no ice with water in a restaurant. This may be another subtle but important thing about our modern diet that has things so off balance. I am sure, as you say, an iced drink now and then will not do a lot of harm, just like eating an accidental avoid.
Posted by: RoyalLemonyFlush (Guest), Wednesday, November 8, 2006, 7:58pm; Reply: 18
What about lemonade, is that good for you like the Master Cleanse lemonade?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 12:40am; Reply: 19
welcome!
great blog by the way! ;) ;D
lemon water is great!

most have it first thing in the morning, to detoxify!

I always add lemon to my water.........some even sip it with the help of a straw to guard teeth enamel.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 2:24am; Reply: 20
Welcome RoyalLemonyFlush,

Thanks for joining us on the forum.

'Real' lemonade with no preservatives or added fake sweeteners is fine for all blood types.  Lemons are a great internal cleanser and rev up the digestive system of blood type A's.  

I love drinking my warm lemon water every morning.

Alia
Posted by: Alia Vo, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 2:34am; Reply: 21
colojd,

Yes, Lola explained the acronym for TCM.

(Thanks, Lola).

Chilled foods/beverages weaken the liver by making it stagnant and congested.  Over time, constant and continual use of chilled foods/beverages contribute to the weakening of the liver.  

I try to take good care of my liver since its functioning is so vastly important for our health.

Alia

Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 3:26am; Reply: 22
;)
Posted by: colojd, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 1:38pm; Reply: 23
Alia, that was very interesting. As I mentioned before, if you look around and see people drinking iced beverages all day long, if it truly does slow down our liver and other functions, it certainly must contribute to all of the health issues. People who drink many iced sodas a day must be doing a lot of damage.

I do agree with the lemon water. I don't drink it all the time, but I found that if you are feeling sluggish, sipping it in the morning really helps. I also read that just a pinch of natural sea salt in your lemon water helps to replenish your electrolytes. Sea salt has some good minerals that I guess regular "white salt" does not.
Posted by: 379 (Guest), Thursday, November 9, 2006, 7:18pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from colojd

Not long ago I read about the water diet and the theory with that was kind of similar - people now are dehydrated more than they think because they do not consume enough fruits and vegetables that are naturally water containing. One thing they did say was to drink down a glass of water before eating and to chug it down, not just sip away. They didn't really specify the temperature but I would assume it would be hard to do that with icy water or really hot water!


Hmm... I've read from various sources and also heard from hot yoga teachers I've had that sipping is a much more efficient way to hydrate your body.  From personal experience, I've felt a difference with this way too.

The reasoning is that ff you chug a lot of water at once it's too much for your body to absorb and you'll just have to pee a lot instead of actually absorbing the water and getting hydrated... plus a bad thing is that all that water flushing though your system can also flush out electrolytes and vitamins.  I think slow and steady sipping throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated.

Posted by: colojd, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 7:34pm; Reply: 25
That is a very good point and can see that forcing too much at once might be counterproductive!
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 8:37pm; Reply: 26
Drinking the right amount of water is a balancing act, just like everything else...  If you drink too little, you don't have adequate amounts to flush the waste matter out.  If you drink too much or too much at once, you may flush minerals, vitamins, and electrolytes out...

Maintaining (or acheiving) Homeostasis is the key...
Posted by: Drea, Thursday, November 9, 2006, 8:49pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from ABJoe
Maintaining (or acheiving) Homeostasis is the key...


ABJoe, what are some flags of homeostasis; meaning, how does one know they are in the zone?
Posted by: Victoria, Friday, November 10, 2006, 3:43am; Reply: 28
Quoted from santosha


Hmm... I've read from various sources and also heard from hot yoga teachers I've had that sipping is a much more efficient way to hydrate your body.  From personal experience, I've felt a difference with this way too.

The reasoning is that ff you chug a lot of water at once it's too much for your body to absorb and you'll just have to pee a lot instead of actually absorbing the water and getting hydrated... plus a bad thing is that all that water flushing though your system can also flush out electrolytes and vitamins.  I think slow and steady sipping throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated.


Think of watering a potted plant.  If you pour a big jug of water on the dirt, it will run through faster than the roots can take it up, especially if the dirt is very dry to start with.
But, if you drizzle the water on the top of the dirt to allow it to moisten and fluff up, then you can pour more water on slowly and the dirt can hold it.  And the roots can draw it out of the dirt and into the cells of the plant.

First thing in the morning, we are like the plant in dry dirt, and a lot of water drunk all at once is going straight through us.
Sipping water throughout the day keeps the tissues moist and responsive, able to absorb and transport water to all the body parts.
Posted by: MyraBee, Friday, November 10, 2006, 5:34am; Reply: 29
I've always been known to like a little water with my ice.  ;-)

There is absolutely No Way I can even consider drinking room temperature anything!!!  It's that Texan thing again.  

Love,

Myra.  

(sunny)
Posted by: 1440 (Guest), Friday, November 10, 2006, 5:45am; Reply: 30
Quoted from Victoria


Think of watering a potted plant.  If you pour a big jug of water on the dirt, it will run through faster than the roots can take it up, especially if the dirt is very dry to start with.
But, if you drizzle the water on the top of the dirt to allow it to moisten and fluff up, then you can pour more water on slowly and the dirt can hold it.  And the roots can draw it out of the dirt and into the cells of the plant.

First thing in the morning, we are like the plant in dry dirt, and a lot of water drunk all at once is going straight through us.
Sipping water throughout the day keeps the tissues moist and responsive, able to absorb and transport water to all the body parts.


Brilliant! Just what I was looking for in my "Water" thread :), Thanks Victoria!

accidental chef
Posted by: italybound, Friday, November 10, 2006, 4:35pm; Reply: 31
Also, it is said that reg water doesn't get into our cells as does the water from fruits and veggies.  ;)
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