According to Chinese Medicine, drinking cold drinks is bad for you. We tend to drink a lot of them in the US. Many health conscious people drink ice water, cold juice, or smoothies blended with ice. People knowledgeable about Chinese Medicine wince when they see this. They believe that it feeds “damp heat,” a condition that causes inflammation. From this perspective, tea is good when it is drunk hot. Hot drinks are often beneficial in Chinese Medicine, especially in the morning. The heat helps us get our metabolisms going.
Think of it is way. There is a special kind of vitality that is used to run our internal organs. Every time you consume cold food or drink, that special energy is diverted to warm the contents of your stomach to body temperature. This interruption stops your body from running the way it should. Cold food is also bad. In Chinese Medicine, it’s better to consume stuff hot or at room temperature.