As you already know, there are a lot of benefits to drinking water. A few are obvious and commonly known, such as boosting the immune system, flushing out toxins, improving your complexion, promotes weight loss, supporting muscle, and joint health, helping to prevent headaches, cramps, and sprains. Water helps the body cells to absorb nutrients and fight infections. Drinking a lot of water each day will offer even more benefits.

However, the common debate raging for years has been over what the right temperature for optimal hydration is. In this article, we're going to address the issue of what temperature of the water is best for an individual: COLD OR HOT.
A good number of persons are of the opinion that drinking cold water is a bad habit that can actually harm your long-term health. This belief is based on the idea that drinking cold water contracts your stomach, making it harder to digest food after a meal and could lead to the freezing and storing of fat in one's body. A few others are of the opinion that the human body would need to be warm and may have to work harder to maintain its regular temperature of 98.6°F (37°C) if one constantly consumes cold water, while others are also of the opinion that hot water help melt or burn body fat.
Whichever of the two schools of thought you fall into, here are some undeniable facts and benefits of both types?

One amazing benefit of cold water is that it helps combat heat stroke. In hot weather conditions, the body temperature tends to rise or increase faster, drinking cold water during this period is good for one's health as cold water gets absorbed quickly by the body compared to hot water. A glass of cold water would help get your body temperature regulated to its normal state.
Coldwater also aids weight loss – The key principle behind losing weight is to boost your metabolism that in turn burns more calories. Drinking cold water and even having cold water baths boosts your metabolism thus improving your chances of losing excess fat or calories.
Drinking cold water, no matter the temperature has been proven to give your body more energy throughout the day.

Although drinking water of any temperature can support overall wellbeing, drinking hot water is also thought to provide a range of additional health benefits.
Hot water aids and improves digestion. According to Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine, a glass of warm water should be drunk early in the morning. This is because it activates your digestive system, which helps avoid indigestion. It also helps stimulate blood flow to the intestine and helps prevent constipation.
Hot water also helps detoxify your body and get rid of harmful toxins, Natural health advocates argue that hot water might help the body detoxify when water is hot enough to raise a person’s body temperature, it can cause sweating, and sweating expels toxins which also helps clean the pores.
Hot water prevents acne and other skin problems. In fact, experts have advised that squeezing half a slice of lemon into your warm water daily is excellent for boosting your immune system and entire body and skin health.
Hot water helps combat and relieves pain. It acts as a vasodilator, meaning it expands the blood vessels, improving blood circulation. This helps the muscles relax and also reduces pain. Hence, if you are experiencing frequent joint pain or menstrual cramps, start drinking warm water
Hot water is excellent to improve congestion or cold-related issues. Heat applied to the sinuses (sinuses are a connected system of hollow cavities in the skull.) can alleviate pressure caused by colds and nasal allergies. Steam also helps unclog the sinuses. Drinking hot water may help mucous move more quickly. Thus, drinking hot water eases cough and nose and chest congestion.
A soothing cup of hot water can also help relieve stress and anxiety. The consumption of hot liquids, such as tea, could lower stress and reduce feelings of anxiety.

A quick comparison will help us understand which most likely better for one’s health.
By comparison, drinking hot water helps to break down food faster than drinking cold or warm water. It reduces the risk of constipation by supporting regular bowel movements.
Drinking warm water also increases blood circulation and protects internal organs from damage. This is why most health professionals recommend drinking warm water for optimal health while drinking cold water might cause the contraction of muscles.
Drinking cold water could cause severe cold and make nasal mucous thicker and more difficult to pass through the respiratory tract. While hot water on the other had helped people breathe more easily. In cases of cold or flu, drinking hot water would clear congestion.
It is important to also note that there are some health conditions that can be aggravated by drinking cold water, for example, cold water triggers migraines, therefore, making it worse. It also aggravates the pain related to achalasia, that is, a condition that limits your body’s ability to pass food through your esophagus.
In conclusion, although the benefits and side effects of cold and hot water still remain debatable, we cannot expressly conclude on which is best for the body. However, it’s important to understand one’s body, live healthily and generally consume enough water daily