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Why Is It Better to Drink a Hot Drink on a Hot Day?

While it feels good to grab a cold drink on a hot day, studies have confirmed what eastern cultures have said for generations: that drinking a hot drink on a hot day can have a similar effect.

“If you drink a hot drink, it does result in a lower amount of heat stored inside your body, provided the additional sweat that’s produced when you drink the hot drink can evaporate,” Ollie Jay, a researcher at University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics, told Smithsonian magazine.

Jay led a team of researchers on the topic and published a study on it.

“What we found is that when you ingest a hot drink, you actually have a disproportionate increase in the amount that you sweat,” Jay explained. “Yes, the hot drink is hotter than your body temperature, so you are adding heat to the body, but the amount that you increase your sweating by—if that can all evaporate—more than compensates for the added heat to the body from the fluid.”

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