It’s HOT outside! But before you reach for a favorite soda, iced coffee, or beer to help quench your thirst and cool down, consider that not all drinks are considered equal on a hot, sweaty day.
Despite what others might say, the following tried and true summer beverages won’t cool you down on a sweltering day. In fact, drinking them may lead to dehydration, heat stroke…or even worse!
You’ve likely heard this slice of wisdom from an elder relative, “The best thing to drink on a hot day is a hot beverage”. While this sage advice goes against my beverage choices for cool down, a billion Brits can’t be wrong, right?
According to an NPR interview with Neuroscientist, Peter McNaughton, from University of Cambridge, this practice is counterintuitive, “Obviously a hot drink makes you hotter and a cold drink makes you colder. So why would you want to [drink a beverage that makes you] hotter on a hot day?” According to McNaughton, a specific on the tongue, called the TRPV1, responds to heated foods and drinks, signalling the brain to trigger the perspiration (or body cool down) mechanism. So in essence, drinking hot tea on a hot day will make you sweat even more.