What is better to drink in the heat: cold water or hot tea

Nata Gonchar

What to drink in the heat: cold water or hot tea

We talk about the life hacks of the inhabitants of the hot countries of Central Asia.

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founder of the International Institute of Integrative Nutrition

The human body is 70% water, so the question of drinking enough liquid is always relevant. But what kind of water to drink – hot, room temperature or cold?

The ideal drink to quench your thirst in the heat is pure water at room temperature. Despite the strong desire to drink a glass of ice water or another drink, I recommend choosing water with a temperature of about 20 degrees for a number of reasons.

Why you should drink hot tea in the heat

  • quenches thirst and helps replenish water reserves in the body;
  • effectively stimulates the work of the gastrointestinal tract;
  • normalizes digestion;
  • stimulates metabolism;
  • does not provoke inflammation in the throat.

Lemon, lime or fresh mint leaves can be added to the drink to diversify the taste. But be careful with citrus supplements if you have problems with the gastrointestinal tract: gastritis, ulcers, hyperacidity.

After a cup of tea, the body will be protected from excessive perspiration for several hours. In addition, hot tea dilates blood vessels, so that the body gives off heat even faster (sweat evaporates from the surface of the skin) and cools down.

Cold water will not quench your thirst, but it can weaken the immune system and cause sore throats. Also, ice drinks activate the work of the sweat glands, which provokes the release of sweat and dehydration.

Read about other healthy summer drinks in the previous article.



What to drink in the heat to quench your thirst and not sweat.  The nutritionist explained
What to drink in the heat to quench your thirst and not sweat. The nutritionist explained

What tea is better to drink in the heat

Green tea

Hot green tea is considered a traditional drink for a hot summer in Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Mongolia, Kalmykia.

Kalmyk jombu tea

Traditional Kalmyk jombu tea is prepared with milk, butter and salt. The caffeine contained in tea tones and stimulates metabolism, potassium improves the functioning of the cardiovascular system and kidneys, normalizes blood pressure, and sodium (as part of the added salt) maintains the water-salt balance.

The indigenous people of Kalmykia note the effectiveness of such a drink in quenching thirst, as well as other positive properties:

  • elevates mood and energy levels;
  • improves immunity;
  • serves as an excellent absorbent, as milk neutralizes toxic and harmful substances in the body.

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Classic hot tea will quench your thirst much better than a mug of cold water, while helping to reduce sweating. A cup of such a drink will first make you sweat, and then cool the body and reduce the elevated temperature. The main thing is to drink tea in a ventilated area and in loose-fitting clothes so as not to interfere with sweat evaporating.

Perhaps the most useful tea in summer days is natural green tea. It has a pronounced tonic effect and reduces the body’s need for fluid. The chemical composition retains the necessary salts in the body, which are excreted with sweat.

I recommend brewing weak tea and not adding sugar to it. The optimal amount of tea per day is no more than 3-4 cups. Black and green can also be drunk chilled, but without the addition of syrups and ice cubes.

On summer days, the question of quenching thirst is especially acute. For a list of other drinks that will definitely help out in hot weather, look in the article at the link.



Summer Escape: Drinks That Really Quench Your Thirst in the Heat
Summer Escape: Drinks That Really Quench Your Thirst in the Heat

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