Monday, June 09, 2008

Hot Tea in Hot Water

Drinking hot tea on the diving board

It's hot and humid in the Midwest. After a very slow and cool Spring, we got hit head-on with a heatwave. It's probably feeling worse that it really is, just due to the abrupt transition.

What do you like to drink in hot weather? I vacillate between cold water and hot tea. In fact, lots of people drink hot tea in hot weather. There are a couple of thoughts related to this. The first is that drinking the hot beverage makes you sweat, thereby cooling down your body. The other thought is that is slightly raises your internal body temp, which makes it feel less warm outside.

There's a poll on the right - what is your favorite hot-tea beverage? If I've missed any, please leave it in a comment! Also, if you have any other theories on why hot tea works in hot weather, I'd love to hear them!

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