Do hot drinks really cool you down? © Getty Images

Do hot drinks really cool you down?

Visit hot countries like those in the Middle East and you'll find tea drinkers everywhere.

Asked by: Rhiannon Harris, by email


During rest, your body generates around 360 kilojoules an hour, so a cup of tea is equivalent to about five minutes of heat production. The heat goes straight to your core, and can cause your body to think you’re hotter than you really are. You’ll sweat more and divert hot blood to your skin, which might cause you to lose more heat than you actually gained from the drink.


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