Can a hot drink cool you down faster than a cold one?

In the heat of this summer, there’s nothing like the taste of ice cold water.

Are cool beverages the best thing to drink if you want to cool down? According to the recent researches, they are probably not. Paradoxically, hot coffee turns out to be better for cooling off.

We all know that hot drinks trigger a high sweat response. So, let’s imagine you’ve drunk a cup of hot coffee. You start to sweat, but your core body temperature isn’t raised that much. And sweating is the best way to cool down one’s organism!

However, you won’t feel the desirable effect if your sweat hasn’t evaporated. That’s why you’d better wear clothes that don’t trap moisture. Otherwise, a mug of hot tea will only make you hotter!

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Have you ever heard about this phenomenon? Would you rather stick to an ice cold water?


Your opinion matters
Calvin Taber
I love coffee 365 days a year.
Jul 24, 2016 8:21PM
Adrienne Nelson
I love coffee no matter the temp but I love ice cold Coca Cola too
Jul 24, 2016 8:31PM
Adrienne Nelson
Who wants to sweat anyway?
Jul 24, 2016 8:32PM
Helen Colgan
I'm a tea addict, although I was have occasional cold drinks as well!
Jul 24, 2016 8:44PM
Larry Schwartz
Spoken like a true woman lol.
Jul 24, 2016 8:55PM
Scott Shelton
Scott Shelton
Larry Schwartz my wife hates to sweat...I think that is what summer is all about....
Jul 24, 2016 9:03PM
Scott Shelton
Scott Shelton
I gave up beer some time in the last century...I then drank hot coffee 365 days a year for a long time....drove my old boss crazy....gave up coffee recently, I liked it I have water...yuck....warm or doesn't matter....yuck....
Jul 24, 2016 9:06PM
Rick Tingle
I was correct. A hot drink works better than a cold one, although cold tastes better at the time.
Jul 24, 2016 9:12PM
Gilda Page
Hot Drink Cools your body quicker
Jul 24, 2016 9:13PM
Israel Jimenez
Israel Jimenez
I knew it was the sweat. But with this method your body warms up before cooling down.
Jul 24, 2016 9:20PM
Cynthia Brutosky
Yes if cold a cold drink / ice cream or hot with hot to alter core temperature
Jul 24, 2016 10:13PM
Ed Bona
I headed that before.from the Britsh military serving in India. Back in the early years around the time of Lawrence of Arabia.
Jul 24, 2016 10:50PM
Doris Ladin
Cold shower/hot shower?
Jul 24, 2016 11:05PM
Patti Young Hunt
My brother needs to see this. I drink a couple cups of coffee every afternoon and he says it's too hot for coffee! Ha!
Jul 24, 2016 11:09PM
Ron Cash
In the sub tropics of Miami, FL., where I grew up, I would take a hot shower to cool down, when you step out of the shower the "relative" difference is that it feels cooler. And this is a trick that a lot of people who work outdoors use, which is where I learned it. But don't thinjk I would try drinking something hot. If there is a breeze to cool your sweat as the article hints at, I would just stand in the breeze and let it do the work. I definitely feel the core difference when I dring something cool, instead of hot and vice versa! Also, EMT's don't administer hot drinks for heat related issues, especially if it's heat stroke! Another good trick is take a wet article and put it on the sides of the neck over the carotid where the blood can be cooled down and circulated, also the soft at the inside of the elbows area and the arm pits! WIth most heat ralted issues all medical professionals recommend, "Give worker plenty of water or other cool beverages to drink" and "Cool worker with cold compresses/ice pack", especially in the area of the body I mentioned. If it's heat stroke, "no internal fluids, if non-resposive, get to ER fast! They will rehydrate.
Jul 24, 2016 11:37PM

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