While doing some research for another blog post, I came across a website for a company that makes private-label bottled water. One section of the site described the different kinds of bacteria such as aerobes which need oxygen to survive, strict anaerobes which are killed in the presence of oxygen, and facultative anaerobes which usually prefer oxygen but can survive without it if necessary.
So far so good. However, the next paragraph reads as follows:
The most virulent and destructive pathogens that affect mankind generally fall into the “strict anaerobe” category. They include bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, Clostridium botulinum and Escherichia coli.
This is wrong. Except for Clostridium botulinum, the organism that causes botulism, the other bacteria are aerobic. Staphylococcus aureus can be nasty, particularly if it's methicillin-resistant (MRSA), but Streptococcus pneumoniae is not particularly virulent, and Escherichia coli, while a common cause of wound infections after bowel surgery, is part of the normal flora of the large intestine.
As wrong as that bacteriology lesson was, it pales in comparison to a more than 700 word essay on why you should drink warm water instead of cold.
If you have a few minutes, you should read it because nearly every sentence contains misinformation. Let me share a few of the highlights with you.
A very warm cup of water in the morning can help cleanse your body by flushing out toxins. The toxins — it’s always the toxins.
Adding ice to processed cold water will strip it of natural-containing minerals … as these minerals are essential to keeping the digestive tract healthy. If ice strips the water of “natural-containing minerals,” wouldn’t those minerals still be dispersed in the water?
Warm water, considered [by whom?] to be nature’s most powerful home remedy, can help alleviate pain from menstruation to headaches. What would be the mechanism for relieving pain in those two rather divergent areas?
Warm water increases body temperature, which therefore increases the metabolic rate. An increase in metabolic rate allows the body to burn more calories. A single glass of warm water is unlikely to have any effect on the body's temperature or metabolic rate. If you drank enough cold water to make you shiver, that would have a more profound effect on the metabolic rate. Want proof? Read this.
Drinking a glass of warm water and a lemon will help break down the adipose tissue, or body fat, in your body. Ich don’t think so.
Premature aging is a woman’s worst nightmare, but luckily, this can be prevented by drinking warm water. No evidence is provided.
A clinical nutritionist and media health expert says have warm water, as drinking straight hot water can potentially be damaging to tissue in the mouth and esophagus. This is about the only piece of sound advice in the entire article.
If you want to drink warm water, I suppose it will not hurt you, but don't be disappointed if your intestines don’t tighten and you don't lose weight.