Drinking Hot Drinks Cools You Down Quicker, Apparently

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In the midst of a heatwave there’s nothing quite like a tall glass of ice cold water, but is that actually the best thing to drink if you want to cool down?

According to researchers at the University of Ottawa – probably not. A study has found that, paradoxically, hot drinks may actually be better for cooling off, reports Mental Floss. 

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The researchers found that hot drinks trigger a high sweat response – cooling the body down – without actually raising your core body temperature that much.

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Before you go off downing mugs of tea – there are a few catches.

You won’t feel the effects until your sweat has evaporated fully and also – more importantly – it only works under certain conditions.

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According to the research, if it’s humid, if you’re sweating a lot already or if you’re wearing clothes that trap moisture then drinking a hot drink is actually only going to make you hotter.

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Peter McNaughton, a neuroscientist at the University of Cambridge, explains the phenomenon.

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His research found that heat receptors in your tongue and throat react to heat stimulus by causing you to sweat, regardless of your core temperature – the same reason you sweat when you eat spicy food.

So under fairly specific circumstances, having a hot drink on a hot day actually can cool you down.

I reckon I’ll stick to the instant refreshment of an ice cold water though…


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