Our stomach has a warm optimum temperature that all the
digestive acids can work effectively. Moreover, she says that if
we were to take oily foods especially, cold drink will tend to
solidify the oil, which then produces sludge. Please do not ask
me what this “sludge” means, as I have no idea. The sludge will
then react with the stomach acid, and the resulting form is
absorbed by the intestine much faster than normal. The sludge
will then stick onto the intestine and will lead to cancer.
Wow, those statements are so vague. Moreover, such claim is
widely circulated on the internet. Some even say that cold water
will cause heart attack. Probably they should not have said it
without any solid proof.
There were counter-claims: Our stomach has the capacity to
increase the temperature as a result of taking in cold water.
This will also lead to more energy being burn. Means it burns
calorie. However, do not expect that drinking 8 glasses of cold
water can help you lose weight. Just get off from the couch and
Does drinking ice or cold water affect our
There is no scientific evidence showing that consuming cold
water can affect our digestion.
Our body will be able to equilibrate the water temperature when
it enters our body within a matter of seconds to minutes.
However, drink in moderation (not too much of cold water) as our
has limitations to self-adjust water temperature within our
I heard that it is bad to drink water after a
meal. But, why can’t we do it, because normally after a meal we
would feel thirsty?
Our body normally produces its own fluids to help digest food.
When food enters our stomach, our stomach lining will release
enzymes that could break down proteins in the food. Our stomach
lining also secretes hydrochloric acid.
This acid creates an ideal condition for the protein-digesting
enzymes to work and protect our body from harmful microbes which
enter our body through food.
It is not good to drink too much fluid with or after meals
because this will dilute the natural digestive juices and may
cause indigestion. If you would like to drink water with meals,
you may consider drinking a small glass of warm water or a hot
That brings me to the next topic. Have your mom ever advise you
not to take shower (bath) right after you had your meal? It is
said that doing so will affect your digestion. Why? Well,
because when you eat, food enters the stomach. Concurrently, the
blood flow to stomach area increases. If you bathe, your body
temperature drops, and the blood flow towards the stomach
lessens. Hence, the digestion process is less efficient. This
claim has quite a number of scientific backings. As for me, I think I would
continue bathing before meals, as I would prefer to enjoy my
meals with a fresh and clean body (and mind). Hate eating with
all those grime and dirt on me.