Are you a polar bear?
If not, drink room temperature water. This one many people have problems with. I know, I used to desire a glass filled with ice no matter what I was drinking. Oddly enough, after a few weeks of drinking room temperature water, one typically no longer desires the ice cold drink (except perhaps on a hot Texas summer day when it is 110 °F). I know if you are currently drinking cold water that you probably don't believe me. But give it a try for a couple weeks, I think you will be surprised.
People have been consuming ice cold drinks throughout the day every day of the year for less than one hundred years. It is hard to believe that this recent trend in history has become so commonplace and so accepted as normal by all Americans. Prior to refrigeration, ice was not readily available. Having a refreshing cool drink in the heat of the summer was a very special treat, something only the rich could afford, a status symbol. It has become a very unhealthy addiction for many.
Why does this matter? Our internal body temperature is normally 98.6 °F. Our guts are amazing; they house an extremely corrosive environment with a pH that can drop to as low as 1 or 2 after a high protein meal. This drop is necessary and beneficial to properly digest the foods we eat. When healthy and in-balance, our guts also contain a high flora of beneficial bacteria.
Taking antibiotics (or ingesting them through the foods we eat), consuming antacids, and eating man-processed foods are a few of the ways we destroy the health of our gut. One of the first things you want to do when eating healthy is to get your gut health back to normal. Heartburn, leaky gut syndrome, Candida and yeast infections, colon cancer, and obesity are just a few signs of an unhealthy gut.
A simple starting point to healing your gut is to stop drinking ice cold drinks. Think about what happens if you place your arm or leg in ice cold water. Your muscles stiffen up and do not function as well. Keep this picture in your mind when you drink an ice cold drink. Room temperature water is so much easier on your stomach.
Though a glass of room temperature water may not sound that appealing to you right now, it is a very simple and easy change to make which can make a big difference to your health.
" I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:13