But let me tell you: I have NOTHING on Chinese folks. EVERY ailment, every single one, can be fixed by drinking hot water. Pharmacists will tell you that. Doctors will tell you that. Your students' parents will tell you that. I'm constantly getting looks for requesting cold water, and often get gentle reminders from my co-workers that hot is better. Your stomach will feel better, they say, if you drink less cold water. That is why it probably hurts in the first place!
A few anecdotes:
1. I went to the doctor a few weeks ago to finish a vaccine series. In the U.S. you get a little hand out telling you all about your vaccine. Not in China. I got some advice: drink extra water today. Right.
2. Lately my lips have been CHAPPED. I carry Chapstick everywhere I go. Everyone, from my wonderful dry-cleaning lady to parents to my co-teacher urge me to drink water. My lips are chapped, friends, not because of the dry air, the cold, or the strong wind. No. They are chapped because I don't drink enough water.
Lesson learned. Drink more water.