GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – No Ice Please. Although it is VERY common here in the U.S., having ice in your water is truly not the best practice for better health and digestion. I always have to ask when we go out to a restaurant to either have a cup or warm water with my meal or just water with no ice. I almost feel bad like its an inconvenience to my server when I do. Some restaurants have a pitcher for refilling with ice already in it. But I know for myself and especially when eating that ice water is a big fat No.
So why be such a hater on the ice you might ask? Its simple really and it comes down to two words; Digestive fire. Your gut, your GI Tract is really the foundation of good health. As long as we are eating healthy well balanced food and the digestion is good, so is our overall health. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates all need to be broken down so that they can be assimilated into the blood stream and nourish our tissues. So when we are eating and throw back a big swig of icy cold water puts a literally damper on the whole thing. You know how cold water constricts and your skin closes its pores to it? It is the same in the GI tract. When you drink cold beverages your blood vessels shrink and digestion becomes restricted. Now, rather than working to digest your food, your body is left working to regulate temperature. Even drinking cold water after a meal is not so great as it creates excess mucus in your body, which can lead to a decrease in immune system function, making it easier to catch colds and illnesses. Also when drinking cold beverages or immediately after your meal solidifies fats from the foods we’ve just eaten making it hard to digest the unwanted fats from our bodies. So for better digestion, better health and especially if you are struggling to lose weight, skip the ice water – especially with meals. Favor instead warm water, herbal teas or every now and again a nice glass of red wine. Your belly will thank you.