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How Should You Drink Your Water, Hot or Cold or Room Temperature?

For over 20 years I have been drinking water at room temperature, except for a brief period when I was following the Ayurvedic suggestions that had me drinking hot water through out the day. (Truth is, it’s very relaxing.)

Many opinions hold that cold water makes the body work too hard.  It has to expend energy to first bring it to body temperature and then digest it.  These opinions suggest a loving approach to the body; don’t be too hard on it.

Last week I posted about the leptin reset that I am doing. It’s going real well, thank you.  The same Dr. Jack Kruse has another protocol that goes along with it. It is called Cold Thermogenesis (CT).  Ever hear about the Polar Bear Club? The people who swim in the ocean in midwinter? That is the ultimate CT.

The protocol starts by exposing the body gradually to cold.  First drinking cold water and taking cooler and cooler showers then dunking your face for increased times in ice cold water and finally ice packs and ice baths for the body. The ice baths are an advanced technique to be used under the supervision of a health practitioner.  Dr. Kruse claims that this protocol;

  • Increases metabolism
  • Is amazing for weight loss
  • Reverses inflammation
  • Better sleep
  • Better recovery from exercise
  • Boosts thyroid and adrenal function

Athletes, military units, and scientists have used this to increase the limits of human endurance.

Ray Cronise at Thermogenex – Fuel the Burn, says you only need to expose yourself to temps below your body temp to reap the benefits. Cool showers (60-75 deg), swimming in cool water (70-80 deg), and lowering your ambient temperature (house thermostat) to below 60 degrees are all good ways to increase CT.

Dr. Kruse advocates ice baths and extreme cold air temps found in walk-in chillers to be better. He says you should shoot for a skin temp of 55 degrees in your CT session. If this is done, care should be taken to avoid hypothermia and frostbite. He also advises starting by soaking your face in cold water to activate the ‘mammalian dive reflex’. Mammalian diving reflex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

These opinions drive the body and push it to be in better internal shape. It’s kind of like the difference between restorative yoga and hard-core Crossfit training. You choose.

Warm water is definitely more soothing and comfortable. The thought of cold showers makes me cringe. However I know that uncomfortable situations do make us grow in many ways.

I am kind of on the fence on this one.  As far as weightloss is concerned, weightloss remedies always have some thing in them that increases heat in the body to speed up metabolism. That is exactly what CT does.  I do like the idea and the benefits of Cold Thermogenesis. I may just start with a glass of cold water and give my body a little internal workout!

I would love to hear what you think of this in the comments below. Let’s get this conversation going!!!


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  1. Yossi Sabto
    May 12, 2013 at 3:22 pm ·

    Hello ,
    Very interesting.
    So this is the reason for the cold showers in the army?
    I thought that it was only because they try to save money..

    You’re an excellent writer, keep going with this way!


    • Joy Harari
      May 20, 2013 at 9:37 pm ·

      Thanks Yossi!!
      they did you a big favor with the cold showers!! Very Healthy.
      thanks for writing in.

  2. Patrice Dweck
    May 9, 2013 at 7:45 pm ·

    Your information, personal stories, and the stories; successes and failure, have really inspired me. Your depth of knowledge is impressive. I understand the basis for CT and the theories and successes that you have outlined. Since I really dislike the cold; cold showers, cold compresses, skiing when it is frigid, I would have to do a lot of talking to myself to even try some of these suggestions. There is nothing like a steam shower or a hot tub. So I guess I’ll start with drinking cold water which I don’t even like. This one is a got ya.

    • Joy Harari
      May 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm ·

      Thanks Patrice!! You have a lot of courage to even consider it! I tried dunking my face in ice water today, I actually liked it until it started to hurt! HaHa, but I kept going. I always say I am a human science project. I will keep you posted. My skin looked really great from it today. Let’s see long term what happens. xoxo Joy

  3. Amanda
    May 9, 2013 at 8:37 am ·

    I haaate being cold! I was just getting excited about the warm weather – Woh woh…but this was very interesting to read about because it’s something I’ve never heard before. Thanks for the informative post!

    • Joy Harari
      May 9, 2013 at 10:22 am ·

      It’s definitely a challenge, but I have read about people increasing weight loss from 1-2lbs a week to 5-6lbs a week!

  4. Sharon ShriquiShatwins
    May 9, 2013 at 7:01 am ·

    Very interesting and informative article.im gonna try it ….once in a while.
    Peace….keep on tappin!

    • Joy Harari
      May 9, 2013 at 10:24 am ·

      I know it sounds like a tough one! People love to be warm and cozy, it’s really counter intuitive I would say :) .