Does Hot Stuff (tea, coffee, soup) Cool You Off?
Posted 25 July 2011 - 04:47 AM
I don't know if I believe it. Every time I have a hot cup of something in the summer, I want to stand in front of the air conditioner. And isn't the heat the reason we make iced tea, iced coffee, gazpacho, etc...?
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Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:13 AM
I don't think there has been a breeze here for a week. I am sticking with cold drinks.
Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:21 AM
Myself, I usually switch to iced coffee in the summer when I'm outside.
Posted 25 July 2011 - 05:45 AM
Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:00 AM
On the other hand spicy food would provoke sweating with no added heat, so conceivably that might cool a little. But I usually feel hotter when eating spicy stuff, so even if it cooled a little I don't feel it.
Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:10 AM
Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:33 AM
It is not advisable to drink alcohol to keep warm because it increases circulation and sweating and actually cools you down.
Hot alcohol increases body's absorption of alcohol.
Therefore drinking hot alcohol can in fact cools you down.
It's hot here in NY. I think I am going to heat up my bottle of 1995 Opus One.
Posted 25 July 2011 - 01:01 PM
Posted 25 July 2011 - 06:45 PM
I believe the science behind the 'hot drinks cool you down' theory is that a hot drink, being inside you, (slightly) raises your core temperature. The body likes to keep the core within a very narrow range, so your nice cuppa tea prompts it to do something about that. Hence (possibly) increased perspiration. Feeling hot on a hot day is more to do with your outside (skin) temp than your core.
Enough. I'm going back to keeping my hands warm. Maybe something icy might help ...
Posted 26 July 2011 - 12:28 AM
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Posted 26 July 2011 - 09:42 AM