7 Shocking Facts About Drinking Water Cold Vs. Room Temperature

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Have you ever noticed a difference in how you feel when drinking cold versus room temperature water? If not, there’s a good chance you at least have a preference for one or the other, when it comes to what you reach for when you’re thirsty. And there are several possible reasons for that.

The stomach reacts differently to cold water, than it does to warm, which can in turn affect digestion. The temperature of water can also impact your circulation, according to experts, and can even contribute to things like headaches. When it comes to hydration, though, it’s important to keep in mind that water is water, no matter the temp.

“All water is good,” Dr. Jill Blakeway, a licensed and board-certified doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and founder and clinical herbalist at Yinova, tells Bustle. “Cold water is refreshing and cooling. It’s great on a hot day and a good choice after exercise.”