August 9, 2022

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May a great previous cuppa be the answer to your heatwave woes? (Image: Getty) The...
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May a great previous cuppa be the answer to your heatwave woes? (Image: 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 the way to keep their homes and themselves cool in the sweltering heat.

Whereas it’s frequent data that staying hydrated is essential, one of the best temperature on your tipple is up for debate.

Most of us think about {that a} good large of water clinking with ice cubes could be the easiest way to get our physique temperature down – however sizzling drinks, paradoxically, could be higher.

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

Right here’s what you want to know.

Can sizzling drinks cool you down?

Research from the College of Ottawa Faculty of Human Kinetics recommend that sure, sizzling drinks could possibly be a great way of holding cool.

Man drinking from water bottle outdoors, low angle view
Transfer over, water (Image: Getty)

Ingesting a sizzling drink triggers a sweat response, with out really elevating the core physique temperature that a lot.

The sweat then cools on the floor of the pores and skin, decreasing the feeling of being too heat.

So a sizzling drink will cool you down (so long as you’re not already sweating) – nevertheless it may not have the moment, scrumptious cooling impact of an iced drink.

Additionally – it solely works if you’re in an atmosphere the place the sweat can evaporate, so this trick gained’t work in a damp atmosphere, or if you’re carrying sleeves.

Ollie Jay, a researcher from the College of Ottowa instructed Smithsonian: ‘When you drink a sizzling drink, it does end in a decrease quantity of warmth saved inside your physique, offered the extra sweat that’s produced if you drink the new drink can evaporate.

He continued: ‘On a very popular and humid day, should you’re carrying quite a lot of clothes, or should you’re having a lot sweat that it begins to drip on the bottom and doesn’t evaporate from the pores and skin’s floor, then ingesting a sizzling drink is a foul factor.

‘The recent drink nonetheless does add a little bit warmth to the physique, so if the sweat’s not going to help in evaporation, go for a chilly drink.’

There we’ve it. Anybody for tea?

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