When you are thirsty, the glands all over dry up; you get warm, dry mouth, and feel thirst.

Cold water can give you the illusion that you have “quenched” the thirst before you actually drink enough water.  It does this in two ways:

  1. It cools you down quickly, and
  2. It makes your mouth wet.

Room-temperature water, however, will not immediately and quickly cool you off so you will be able to drink enough.  This will allow you to drink more and stay hydrated more easily.  Those who only drink ice water might be chronically dehydrated just because the water is too cold!  Drink your water at room temperature for the best hydration.

Dr. Saunders graduated UCLA Medical School and became a board-certified Family Practice physician.  After working for the County of Santa Barbara, he opened his own office to practice Integrative Medicine.  He is currently the Medical Director of the Integrative Medicine Center of Santa Barbara, as well as the medical director of the Central Coast Nursing Center.  He is also the Chief Medical Officer of Barton Publishing, and has multiple publications on health and wellness.  He belongs to many professional organizations including The American College for the Advancement of Medicine, The American Association of Integrative Medicine, and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.  He and his wife have 13 children and live in Santa Ynez.
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