Do cold drinks and showers really cool you down?
Saturday, 22 August · 1 min read

Warm weather can make you hot, sweaty and uncomfortable. But studies show that cold showers and iced drinks might not be the best way to cool off.

This is because cooling your body reduces the blood flow to your skin. So although you may feel fresher at first, your body traps more heat and your core temperature rises.

In hot weather it’s important to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and overheating. Besides water, hot drinks are a good option because they raise your core body temperature, causing you to sweat.

When sweat evaporates off your body, it cools you down because the moisture takes away some of the heat from your body.

This also happens when your skin comes into contact with warm water in a shower, because the higher temperature increases blood flow to your skin — cooling you down.

So to keep cool and comfortable in the summer heat try to:

  • drink hot or warm drinks such as tea
  • drink plenty of water to stay hydrated
  • have a warm shower instead of a cold one
  • avoid too much alcohol and coffee as these dehydrate you
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