A New York Times article says that both are beneficial and that rather than focusing on the temperature of the water, you should be focusing on the volume.
“Your body likes room temperature water,” my mom always told me. Yet, do you ever seen a person ask for water with no ice?
I am now that person. And when I do, the slants and tilted eyebrows attack. It is strange to see someone ask for and drink water that is warm—a bit gross as well. We tend to associate warm water with such things as what you wash your dishes in or how you wash your clothes, both of which you would never want to drink from.
It was not until I lived in Asia where ice water doesn’t exist that I saw it more frequently, tried it more often and thus, adapted to it. I feel better when I drink it room temperature. If you ask there, you won’t get a tilted head, you’ll get no water at all.
I now have a hard time going back to water on the rocks.
For example, after a hard day’s work landscaping I want refreshing cold water. Given.
But on the other hand, I can’t understand people drinking ice cold water while sitting in an over air-conditioned restaurant. As a result of being served it, they usually don’t touch it and order a hot chocolate instead–additional money for the restaurant. Which makes me wonder if restaurants do it on purpose? Just a thought.
There are plenty of sources to argue that drinking cold water can help you lose weight (really? A few extra calories burned a day?) or they define the exact time and amount of water you should be drinking for optimum health.
Don’t you have other more important things to be doing?
Either way, the point is listen to your body and drink whatever amount and temperature of water you would like and not want society defines—just please don’t go drinking dish water.