Warm water vs. cold water – which is better for you?

It is believed that drinking warm water is better for our health than cold water. Ever wondered if that is actually true?

When we drink water, most people prefer to drink chilled water because its more refreshing. However, studies have shown that cold water isn’t as effective for our hydration as room temperature water. Some doctors suggest that room temperature is better than cold water, because the body has to use energy to heat cold water to body temperature, resulting in some water loss. Another problem is that when cold drinks (or drinks with ice) pass through our system, they solidify the fats from the foods we have just eaten or are currently eating. This makes it challenging for the body to digest and disperse the unwanted fats from our body.

On the other hand, drinking warm water flushes out the toxins that are circulating throughout our body and enhances blood circulation. Warm water can also alleviate pain from headaches or menstrual cramps. This is why most health professionals recommend drinking warm water first thing in the morning for optimal health. Add a lemon for an extra kick!

Take away these two things…

Never drink cold water while eating food. When you drink cold water immediately after meals or along with a meal, your body spends a lot of energy increasing its temperature. This slows the digestion process, which may cause indigestion.

Avoid drinking warm water after about a exercise. To lower your body temperature post workout, it is recommended to drink cold water.

At the end of the day water is water, and the choice is yours!




Where You Can Refill On Campus

Forget $4 water bottles, BYO!

Around 52 million litres of oil is used in Australia each year to produce plastic for water bottles. That is not ok. Sydney tap water is cheaper, better for the environment, and tastes great! Instead of spending $4 on a small plastic bottle, BYO water bottle and save money, reduce plastic waste and help reduce oil consumption.

UNSW students: map-final

UTS students:

  • Alumni Green – 3 fountains in the central area of the Green
  • Building 1- level 3 food court, on the Broadway side
  • Building 1 – level 3, in the white bench in front of vending machine
  • Building 3 – level 2 (room 2.04), chilled water in the kitchen
  • Building 4 – levels 4, 5, and 6, hydro taps in thomas st student lounge areas
  • Building 5 – level 1, hydro tap in the green room
  • Building 5 – level 1, hydro taps in student lounge of 5B
  • Building 5 – levels 4 & 5, taps in post grad student lounges
  • Building 5 – library – level 5, water fountain behind the toilets
  • Building 6 – levels 3 & 4, hydro taps in students lounges
  • Building 7 – levels 3 – 7, kitchens on every floor
  • Building 8 – Levels 2 & 3, and student/staff kitchens on every floor
  • Building 11 – Levels 4-12, kitchens on every floor

USYD students: 



Have your water and eat it too

21 foods that will help you stay hydrated

We’ve all heard it before… drinking water is important! But for those who can’t seem to drink enough water, eating high water content foods is a great option.

The water we eat is different, because the water in food is surrounded by other molecules that help it get into our cells more easily! This ensures that it stays in our system for long enough to be put to good use. Dr Howard Murad, associate clinic professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Water Secret says that, ‘‘when we eat water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods.That slow absorption means the water in food stays in our bodies longer, and brings a multitude of additional benefits.”

While most foods contain some water, plant foods have more! Plus when you’re consuming water through fruits and vegetables, you also get antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and fibre! Some studies have even shown that fruits and veggies can hydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water. Wow! Check out the most hydrating foods below:

Cucumber: 96% water

Iceberg lettuce: 96% water

Celery: 95% water

Radish: 95% water

Red tomato: 94% water

Zucchini: 95% wate

Grapes: 92% water

Sweet Peppers: 92% water

Green cabbage: 93% water

Cauliflower: 92% water

Spinach: 92% water

Strawberries: 92% water

Watermelon: 92% water

Grapefruit: 91% water

Cantaloupe: 90% water

Peach: 88% water

Pineapple: 87% water

Raspberries: 87% water

Cranberries: 87% water

Orange: 87% water

Apricot: 86% water

Sources: WebMD

50 Shades of Yellow: What Your Urine Can Tell You

Although it may not be the most pleasant subject, the colour of our urine can tell us ALOT about our health and hydration. Generally, the lighter the colour, the more hydrated you are. But why is that?

Dehydration is caused when the volume of water in the body is depleted. And when we are dehydrated, our kidneys (which filter waste) tell the body to retain water. This means we will have less water in our urine, which causes it to become more concentrated and darker. It is so important to regulate the colour of our urine, because it is one of the most obvious signals of how much water we need to be drinking! It is also important to note that the colour of our urine can also change colours depending on what we’re eating and the medication we are taking.

Colour Chart:

  • Transparent-Yellow Pee: This is the normal urine color of a healthy, well-hydrated body. This is what it should look like!
  • Transparent Or Clear Pee: This can mean you are overhydrated. You should always be properly hydrated, but when you drink too much water it will make your urine colourless.
  • Dark Yellow Pee: This is still normal, but on the border of dehydration.
  • Honey-Colored Pee:  You need to be drinking more!
  • Maple-Syrup-Colored Pee: This is could suggest severe dehydration or liver disease.
  • Pink To Reddish-Colored Pee: If you’ve been eating red-pigmented foods like beets or blueberries, then you’re fine. If not, it’s time to visit the doctor!





Although dehydration is much worse than over hydration, some people actually can drink too much water. Healthy urine is a light yellow colour so if your urine is transparent, you need to cut down how much you are drinking (juuuuuuuust a little bit!).


3 Ways to Stay Hydrated This Summer

It’s only October, but the summer heat waves are starting early. Dehydration is a common cause of heat exhaustion, because when you’re dehydrated, your body doesn’t sweat enough or fast enough to dissipate heat! Preventing dehydration is one of the most effective strategies to avoid heat exhaustion in the summer. Here’s how:

  1. Acclimation: Before doing any activity in the heat, it’s important to let our bodies acclimate to it first. If possible, allow time to be outside for shortened periods before increasing the length of time spent outdoors. 
  2. Proper hydration: One of the best ways to avoid heat related illness is to drink plenty of water. When the weather gets hotter it causes our body temperature to rise, causing us to sweat more.  It’s important to keep drinking water even if you don’t feel thirst, because this can help you replace the loss of fluid. 
  3. Avoid hottest parts of the day: If possible, avoiding hot weather all together can be a big help. If you’re planning on being outdoors, try to schedule around peak heat hours in the afternoon.

Stay cool Sydney! 😉


Coffee: is it dehydrating or not?

Many people are confused about whether coffee can contribute to dehydration. For years, medical experts have been saying that caffeine in coffee acts as a potent diuretic, which leads to excessive urination resulting in dehydration. But recent research has been published on this topic, and the results appear to contradict the prior notion about coffee. Most studies have shown that in moderate amounts, the caffeine in coffee only has mild diuretic effects and does not lead to dehydration.

A diuretic is any drug that elevates the rate of urination. All diuretics increase the excretion of water from the body. A recent study on the diuretic effects of caffeine in The International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism concluded that when coffee is consumed, the body retains some of the fluid and that caffeine consumption causes a mild diuresis that is very similar to the diuretic actions of water.


“The truth of the matter is, a small increase in urine output has little to do with dehydrating the body,” said Lawrence Armstrong, a professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut and director of the Human Performance Laboratory.

He added that any increase in fluid input will lead to an increase in urine output. “If you drink a liter of water, [urination] will increase,” Armstrong said. “Doesn’t mean you shouldn’t drink water.”

To sum it up, coffee and caffeine consumption in moderation can have a mild diuretic effect, but its effects are similar to that of water. Regardless, coffee can make you jittery, sleepless, or anxious. Water is always your best bet for staying hydrated.

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What causes dehydration?

As wonderful as the human body is, there is a bit of a lag between our bodies telling our brains that we’re actually thirsty and our brains communicating that message! So if you’re feeling thirsty, you are definitely dehydrated, or you were probably dehydrated an hour ago….

Your body is about 60% water. When we lose even 1.5% of that your mood, energy levels, and cognitive function all drop, according to research from the University of Connecticut. There are obvious reasons you can end up dehydrated—a sunny day, exercise, or not drinking enough in general— but other triggers are less obvious. Check them out:

  • Alcohol: The bottom line is that drinking makes you go to the bathroom, which lowers your body’s hydration levels. Alcohol inhibits an antidiuretic hormone that would normally send some of the fluid you’re consuming back into the body, and instead sends it to your bladder.
  • Your period: Is it that time of the month? Drink an extra glass of water! Estrogen and progesterone influence your body’s hydration levels, so you may need to increase your fluid intake to stay hydrated.
  • Stress: “You’re actually likely to get more dehydrated when you’re under stress, because your heart rate is up and you’re breathing more heavily, so you’re losing fluid,” says Renee Melton, director of nutrition for Sensei. During times of stress, you’re also more likely to forget to drink and eat well.