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Since I started my new job about 1,5months ago, I've been conveniently located near the water cooler. This means, that I get plenty of water. Waaay more than 8 glasses per day. And now here's my question:

Should I be drinking hot or cold water?

Kris Gethin suggested drinking cold water, since that makes your body spend more energy on heating the water up, thus creating a bit more of a calorie deficiency while dieting.

On the other hand, I've read a couple of articles online, that suggest, that drinking hot water somehow helps purify the body, and helps one to stay awake.

Which of these should I drink and why?

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closed as off topic by Ivo Flipse Feb 22 '12 at 15:48

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Is this really on-topic here? –  VPeric Feb 22 '12 at 7:52
@VPeric The title does say Fitness and Nutrition. And since this also may have impact on ones diet, I do believe that it is. –  Janis Peisenieks Feb 22 '12 at 8:10
With water generally being very important for both fitness and wellbeing, and drinking cold water being suggested as a fitness regime, I agree that it is on topic. –  Letharion Feb 22 '12 at 10:42
@ Janis, @Letharion, I don't really care enough to push it, but do consider that the title isn't the only important thing: if you check the FAQ you will see only nutrition as it relates to exercise is accepted. In that context, the temperature of the water you drink is fairly irrelevant. There's been a lot of discussions about the scope of the site, I'm sure you could find some on Meta if you want to. Anyway, it hardly matters. –  VPeric Feb 22 '12 at 15:39
Well if anyone wants to answer this in comments, I'd give your comment an upvote! –  The Chaz 2.0 Feb 22 '12 at 17:39
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