FIT WebQoof: Drinking Ice Water in the Heat is Not Dangerous
It’s summer time and there are a lot of viral messages warning us about the heat and giving us tips to stay cool. But what’s the truth behind the messages?
CLAIM: One message going viral claims that drinking ice water once the temperature rises to 40 degrees could contract your blood vessels, may be life-threatening.
This message has been spreading across social media, appearing as soon as the weather outside gets hotter day by day.
True or False?
Drinking cold water as soon as you come indoors from the hot weather is tempting, but not advisable, however this is “not dangerous” as Dr Suranjit Chatterjee, senior consultant- internal medicine at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals says.
Not Harmful, But Avoidable to Drink Cold Water Immediately
Dr Chatterjee says that, “Drinking ice cold water immediately may cause a sore threat or an irregular heartbeat for some time, but this is nothing alarming.”
So while it is not harmful, it is best to wait and rest a bit before we drink anything cold.
So What Happens To Our Blood Vessels if We Wash Our Face With Cold Water?
Point three in the message describes an alarming event where a man’s jaws almost froze after a cold shower, and even point two warns against immediately washing your hands or face lest your blood vessels contract.
“Vessels contracting in the cold is part of the body’s normal mechanisms,” explains Dr Chatterjee.
So the message is clear – do not panic, the body has natural mechanisms to protect you in different temperatures, but is is best to rest before having anything too cold if you’re coming in from the heat.