Do hot drinks cool you down in a heatwave?

Could a good old cuppa be the solution to your heatwave woes? (Picture: Getty)

The UK has been hit with scorching temperatures this week with the hottest day of the year as temperatures exceeded 32°C.

The heatwave has left many looking at how to keep their homes and themselves cool in the sweltering heat.

While it’s common knowledge that staying hydrated is essential, the best temperature for your tipple is up for debate.

Most of us imagine that a nice big of water clinking with ice cubes might be the best way to get our body temperature down – but hot drinks, paradoxically, might be better.

Can hot drinks cool you down, and should you swap your ice-cold water for a tea?

Here’s what you need to know.

Can hot drinks cool you down?

Studies from the University of Ottawa School of Human Kinetics suggest that yes, hot drinks could be a good way of keeping cool.

Man drinking from water bottle outdoors, low angle view

Move over, water (Picture: Getty)

Drinking a hot drink triggers a sweat response, without actually raising the core body temperature that much.

The sweat then cools on the surface of the skin, reducing the sensation of being too warm.

So a hot drink will cool you down (as long as you’re not already sweating) – but it might not have the instant, delicious cooling effect of an iced drink.

Also – it only works if you are in an environment where the sweat can evaporate, so this trick won’t work in a humid environment, or if you are wearing sleeves.

Ollie Jay, a researcher from the University of Ottowa told Smithsonian: ‘If you drink a hot drink, it does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that’s produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate.

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web
browser that
supports HTML5

He continued: ‘On a very hot and humid day, if you’re wearing a lot of clothing, or if you’re having so much sweat that it starts to drip on the ground and doesn’t evaporate from the skin’s surface, then drinking a hot drink is a bad thing.

‘The hot drink still does add a little heat to the body, so if the sweat’s not going to assist in evaporation, go for a cold drink.’

There we have it. Anyone for tea?

MORE : How hot was the 1976 heatwave and how long did it last?

MORE : Sex positions and techniques to stay cool in the heatwave

Follow Metro across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Share your views in the comments below.

Source link

Denial of responsibility! insideheadline is an automatic aggregator around the global media. All the content are available free on Internet. We have just arranged it in one platform for educational purpose only. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials on our website, please contact us by email – [email protected]. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.