Yes, you read that right, according to Ayurveda, it is not healthy to drink ice cold water. And here's why this ancient stream of medicine rules out cold water with any meal. According to Ayurveda, 'agni' is the trans-formative power in the body - and it helps in digesting food.
And ice cold water, according to this logic, will in turn, decrease the strength of this 'digestive flame,' slowing the process down. An Ayurveda doctor will definitely tell you that it is ideal to drink warm water or water at room temperature. They will also tell you to infuse the roots of herbs like 'Ramacham' (Chrysopogon zizanioides) or Nannari (sarasaparilla) in water to beat the heat during the summer months.
Ayurveda, also says that it is ideal to avoid tea and coffee during the summer. But, herb tea, it says is ideal for health. Drink a lot of juices and indulge in salads, for they cool your body down. Milk and milk produces are good, but avoid cheese. Buttermilk helps in cooling the body down, but avoid curd at night.
So, think well before you reach out for that ice cold glass of water next time.