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Old 04 December 2007, 03:20 PM
Lady Luzhin
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Spit Take Hot water slakes thirst better than cold?

I'm new so chow me if this has been covered. I grew up hearing that ht water slakes your thirst better than cold water. I'm from a desert town in Utah, were the saying is commonplace, but is there any fact behind it?
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Old 04 December 2007, 03:53 PM
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According to this site, just the opposite. Cold water is absorbed more quickly by the stomach apparently.
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Old 04 December 2007, 05:55 PM
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I don't know about that, but I know that you may feel nausea if you are very hot and drink cold water. Been there, done that.
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Old 04 December 2007, 06:14 PM
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I've always found that not hot, but room temperature water was very thirst quenching where cold water was better for cooling yourself. (I pissed people off that I used a little cold water on my head and drank warm water. while playing football in 38 degree heat which is very rare here)
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Old 06 December 2007, 08:36 PM
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My uncle, who was a construction worker and had to work out in the heat all day, told me that he believed that warm water was better for quenching survival thirst because the body loses caloric heat energy when it warms cold liquid.
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Old 06 December 2007, 08:45 PM
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Isn't it dangerous to drink hot water from the tap?
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Old 07 December 2007, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Ana Ng View Post
Isn't it dangerous to drink hot water from the tap?
Why would this be? The hot water would hold a bit more minerals in solution, but not by any vast amount. If you've got lead in your pipes, then maybe the water would hold a little more lead when hot than when cold...but, again, not by a super significant amount.

re the OP, I've long noted that hot water helps suppress appetite. A cup of coffee or tea can make it a lot easier to wait a few hours for dinner. But this is only one bloke's experience; I don't know if it generalizes.

I also agree with Troberg's observation. For me, iced water is kind of like dessert: it isn't what I want when I'm hot and tired, but, rather, when I'm a bit better rested and relaxed. When I first come in out of the sun after lifting heavy thnigs, I much prefer a cup of cool water, not of cold water.

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