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What is the Best Temperature for Drinking Water?

Staying hydrated is important for your body, and drinking water throughout the day can help you achieve that. The best temperature range for water to be absorbed and rehydrate effectively is between 10-22 degrees Celsius (50 - 72 degrees Fahrenheit).

While people have different preferences for water temperature, room temperature or slightly cool water is considered ideal for consumption.

This is because water at this temperature can be easily absorbed by the body and can be comfortably consumed without causing thermal shock to your system.

What Temperature is Water?

Room temperature water is around 25 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit), compared to cold tap water which is around 15 degrees Celsius (60 degrees Fahrenheit). As there are different water temperatures with different benefits, there are many differences between drinking room temperature water, cold water and warm water.

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Room Temperature Water vs Cold Water

The decision to choose between room temperature water and cold water is usually based on personal preference. Each type of water has its own benefits, and individuals may have their own reasons for preferring one over the other. Let's look at the differences between the two options:

For those who struggle with swallowing cold water, room temperature water may be a more manageable option. Not only is it easier on the digestive system, but it can also help improve hydration levels since the body absorbs it faster. Additionally, some people believe that drinking room temperature water can aid digestion after meals. Plus, individuals with sensitive throats are less likely to experience discomfort when drinking water at room temperature.

Unlike room temperature water, many people find cold water more refreshing, especially during hot weather or after physical activity. Cold water can help cool down the body and aid in post-exercise recovery. Cold water might offer a quick mental boost and alertness, especially when feeling fatigued.

The key factor for your health is to keep yourself hydrated, regardless of the temperature of the water you prefer. If you are in a hot environment or doing physical activity, cold water could be more desirable, but in other circumstances, room temperature water might be just as refreshing. Listen to your body and choose the temperature that makes you feel comfortable and revitalised.

As well as drinking room temperature water and cold tap water, there are a range of benefits when drinking hot water. These include the easing of bloating to help with your digestive system, help as a detox and may relieve the symptoms of a cold. For more information, read our full range of benefits when drinking hot water.

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Drinking Water At Different Times Of The Day

In the morning it's recommended to drink water which is at room temperature or slightly warm, as your body might be dehydrated, and your system needs rehydrating. Consuming water in the morning also helps support your body's natural detoxification process, eliminate toxins, and help with your digestive system, preparing you to be ready for the day ahead.

It's important to hydrate yourself before sleeping. Drinking water in the evenings, whether at room temperature or chilled with added cucumber, lime, and lemon slices, can replenish any fluids lost during the day. If you find yourself waking up at night to go to the toilet, you may need to reduce your water intake closer to bedtime. However, it's essential not to deprive yourself of water when you need it. Drinking water in the evening can aid in digestion, especially after a meal close to bedtime. Warm or slightly warm water can have a soothing and calming effect, promoting relaxation before sleeping.

Maintaining Regular Hydration

According to this study, it’s recommended that men’s total daily fluid intake should be at least 3 litres and 2 litres for women. To make sure these expectations are met, ensure you are making it a habit to drink water consistently throughout the day. Whether you are at work or working from home, keeping hydrated whilst working is important and has many productivity benefits.

If you are in the office, carry a reusable water bottle with you to remind yourself to drink water regularly, when walking by a water dispenser. In a nutshell, make sure you are drinking plenty of water, no matter the temperature, when on the move.

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