Hot cup of tea cooled me down

@cynthiann (18613)
Jamaica
June 5, 2009 5:07pm CST
The temp was over ninety and it was so hot that when I ws in town, I had to go into a friend's shop and sit down. I drank large amounts of water but still did not feel good. When I returned to the office after doing the banking etc I was still feeling a bit wierd from the heat. Definitely not o.k. I had drank more water in the Bank so I knew that I was not dehydrated. However, I made myself a large mug of hot peppermint tea. When I drank the tea I immediately felt better. Now I am wondering why. Do you drink something hot to cool you down?
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@lilybug (21145)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I cannot recall ever drinking anything hot to cool myself down before. I don't normally drink much in the way of hot beverages though. I will occasionally drink a cup of hot tea or hot apple cider, but not normally when it is hot out. I drink ice cold drinks most of the time.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Try it and see if it works for you. I hope that you are now o.k. and not in pain
@jillhill (37377)
• United States
6 Jun 09
Well they say that it makes you sweat and that the moisture on your skin actually cools you down....that might be one reason...I am not sure that is true..just something I heard!
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Try it! It may work for you too
• United States
6 Jun 09
I normally drink Gatorade because my electolites get off balance drinking and sweating so much. Too much ice water just makes me tired so Gatorade to the rescue.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Yes, my daughter drinks Gatorade when she comes home. I diod not know that water could make you tired!
@moondancer (7433)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Yes, I have. The thing is the hot drink is hotter than the outside temperature and you. When you drink it then you are cooler because the temperature outside or in the room is much cooler than the hot drink is. Therefore the result is you cool down. I hope this made sense, lol.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Of course it makes sense. Nothing like a hot cup of tea to cool you down.
@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
5 Jun 09
HI, No, that's the last thing i want when i am hot. I have always herad it would cool u off but i go for my ol' standby, iced tea. that's about all i ever drink but coffe in the morning & sometimes a cup in the afternoon especially when it's cold outside. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. STILL thinking of u in that freezar. Think u ought to make that into a discussion. It was soooo funny.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
I loved iced tea too but if I really need to cool down then a hot cup of tea will do the trick anytime. Maybe I will use the freezer story for a discussion. Thaks for that. Am trying to earn money for the cruise end of August.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I THINK IT WOULD MAKE A GOOD ONE.
@katsmeow1213 (28895)
• United States
5 Jun 09
Last year a friend of ours was visiting, and we were out at the fair. It was 90 degrees that day, and we were all over heated. We stopped at a coffee stand. Hubby and I got iced coffees to cool off with. My friend got hot coffee. Afterwards she felt better. She said the heat inside your body helps you adjust, inside and out, to the heat in the air. I guess it makes sense!
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Lots of people have given scientific explanations as to why it works but I know it just does work. Try it next time you feel overheated.
• United States
6 Jun 09
Actually I did yesterday. I'd been drinking coffee all day and was fine. It wasn't until I switched to cold soda that I noticed how warm it was in the house!
@stephcjh (32303)
• United States
7 Jun 09
I have done that a few times too. I mainly like to drink coffee. I have drank that sometimes when I am hot if I already have some made up. I do not especially make it on hot days to cool down though. I prefer cold water instead.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
7 Jun 09
Another person said that she drnak hot coffee on a hot day and it worked for her. I like to drink the peppermint or an of the herbal teas and it does cool me down.
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
7 Jun 09
Hey cynthiann! I have never heard that drinking something hot might be the cure for feeling the heat, but who knows! I have definitely been there to the point where I have drank so much water and other liquids and nothing seemed to make me feel better! I never tried to counteract it by drinking something hot! If that worked for you then more power to it! Maybe if I had tried that I wouldn't have felt so sick! I might have to try that the next time I feel like I am going to pass out from the heat!
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
7 Jun 09
Opal, if you look back at some of the responses there re lots of scientific explanations as to why this happens. I did not know the science behind it but it works for me. So try it and let me know. You can reach the stage where it is so hot that ice water does nothing to cool you down. I also get sick from the heat and feel nauseous. The peppermint tea works for me but according to the posts that I have received then any hot drink will do the trick. so try it
6 Jun 09
Someone once said to me, "Hot drinks on hot days, cold drinks on cold." Apparently it's less of a shock to the system. I remember having an awful headache one day, paracetamol wouldn't shift it, and I felt terrible. About 3pm I suddenly got a craving for a cup of coffee - and thought it was a bad idea as caffine dehydrates you, but I had one anyway. Within about 20 minutes the headache had completely gone.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
I can see the sense of this. But I did not realise that it was a shock to the system
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@hairypits (294)
6 Jun 09
It's a common saying here in the UK, OOOOH have a cup of tea, that'll cool yer down!! To be honest, I've never drunk tea when it's sweltering though because I'm that hot I never fancy it! x
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Now this has brought back memories. Are you from the U.K.?
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• United States
6 Jun 09
Hello, This has happen to me several times before in the past, I guess the body accepts hot things in order to get cool, it is the same as taking a hot shower on a hot day, your body will cool down almost instantly. I find when you drink cold things when your hot, you can actually give your body a shock, and you will start to feel light headed and dizzy, untill you gain contious again, I don't know if you had this feeling of shock or not, when you drank the cold cup of water, but I encourage you to also try taking a hot shower when ever you are really hot. Happy My Lotting!
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
This information is great. Many thanks
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@underdogtoo (9589)
• Philippines
6 Jun 09
I know that tea was good and this is one more reason to keep on drinking tea. Cheers!!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Tea is excelklent . Care to pop ovber for a cup og peppermint/ginger tea? I have put the kettle on!
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6 Jun 09
I have in the past drank tea when feeling hot and it does have the weird effect of cooling you down.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
I agree with you - it does. In fact I amgoing to have some peppermint/ginger tea right now -= care to join me?
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@wyuhong (57)
• China
6 Jun 09
I think that't not the hot tea make you feel cool,just the high temprature!The temprature of the hot tea is higher than the air',so when you drink tea,your temprature become higher than the air',so you feel a little cool.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
I had really neve thought of this.
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@b0naf1de (111)
• United States
6 Jun 09
I know some people who would drink coffee under the sun, but I'm not one that is capable of doing so. Even if I drink tea in a cool place, I feel dehydrated. And recently, if I drink hot tea I usually need to follow this with something cold because I feel like I can't breathe to good. But as for the hot thing to cool you down trick, i'm supposing it cools you down because of body temperature regulation where the body is sensing an increase in temp and tries to cool itself down by removing heat by sweating.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Now that makes sense to me
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@ellie333 (21018)
6 Jun 09
Hi Cynthiann, I always have hot drinks in the heat as it brings my body temperature up higher so I don't feel as hot myself from the outside heat. In winter if you have a cold drink it cools your blood temp down so you don't feel as cold if that makes sense. I guess that is why they eat hot spicy curries in India plus it keeps the meat from going off in the heat too. LOL. Huggles Ellie :D
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Now you are full of knowledge girl. I think tha tyou are so right
@Mitobid (57)
• Malta
6 Jun 09
Yup, not only does the hot dirnk make u adjust, but it makes you slighlty warmer s o yo sweat more hence cooling you down. Weird right :P but its all scientifically proven :D Dylan
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
It is wierd but it works. Thanks for the scientific explanation
@anniefannie (1737)
• United States
6 Jun 09
i don't drink tea but i drink coffee all time and it don't make me hotter like most people think.i believe it does cool me down when i have been outside and come in to get cooled off.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
I love coffee but had to cut down to two in th morning. But drinking soemthing hot does cool us down
@pansy45 (153)
• Indonesia
6 Jun 09
yes i do,,some time when i feel so hot a cold drink can't work.when i feel that ussualy i make a cup of tea or other drink that hot.,and it work..my sweat is gone.i think it's a right way to to resolve that.
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@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
6 Jun 09
Yep, this is the way t works for me too.
• United States
7 Jun 09
HI there: I can't really say one way or another myself I'm not a coffee drinker nor Have I ever liked tea, but glad to hear it helped you out; yeah you gotta watch the heat and humidity it can sneak up on us really fast, and just knock our socks off; take care and be safe!!
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
8 Jun 09
You must take care too. Today is the opposit, the sea is so calm like an icing rink. This is a sign that we will get rain and lots of it. Had a bit in the night and it did cool down the place. Hav eyo never tried the herbel teas like peppermint? They are very relaxing and I have several cups of tea a day. The frioty oners are great too.
@cynthiann (18613)
• Jamaica
8 Jun 09
Needless top say that i have not downloadced firefox yet as my browser to get spell check. Sorry for the typos