This Is The Surprising Thing You Should Drink To Cool Off On A Hot Day

by Talia Koren
Mauro Grigollo

Summer is in full swing and let me tell you, it's hot outside. Like, I want to jump in a giant bucket of ice water kind of hot.

Between dealing with the heat in my apartment (even though I have AC, it's just really hot) and getting a little sweaty during my commute to work on the subway, by 9:30 am, I'm dying for an iced coffee. And I don't even like iced coffee.

It's common sense that drinking a cold drink will cool you down, but a new study from the University of Ottawa tells us that drinking a hot drink is a better choice. Sounds counterintuitive, I know.

Basically, a hot drink in hot weather will make you sweat without actually increasing your core temperature. And sweating is the body's way of cooling off. You can read the full explanation for why this happens here.

And of course, drinking a cold drink still works. This just proves that drinking a hot drink also works.

So that's definitely a reason to continue enjoying a cup of hot tea in the morning during summer. However, drinking a hot drink won't cool you off if it's humid and you're already sweating. I guess that's bad news for people trying to keep cool in Florida.

I actually love hot coffee a crap ton more than iced coffee, so I guess next time I get hot in my apartment, I'll brew up a cup of joe, turn off my AC and save some money on my electricity bill.

Citations: Does Drinking A Hot Drink Really Cool You Down? (Mental Floss), You might be best off drinking a hot drink to cool down – here's why (Metro)