More about coffee?
I drink a lot of coffee…. It’s a subject and beverage I hold dear. But hot coffee in the heat? (Or even hot tea?)
We played a lot of golf when we lived in Andorra.
Andorra is not actually big enough or flat enough for a golf course so they put it across the border in Spain. It gets hot in Spain in the summer. On particularly hot days it wasn’t unusual to drink 2 litres of water during a round of golf. Fortunately, there were vending machines dispensing ice-cold water at strategic places around the course.
When we were done we headed back to the clubhouse where most of us had a litre mug filled with ‘clara con gaseosa‘ which was half beer and half gaseosa. Gaseosa was a soft drink that was somewhere between 7UP and sparkling water. The clara tasted like beer but with only half the alcohol. Drinking a litre (or 2) of straight beer would have put some or all of us to sleep.
There was one hold-out to this…. One of our group always had hot tea.
She said it was very refreshing and helped her to cool down.
The rest of us stayed with our ice-cold claras.
Turns out she might have been on to something…. Read on:
Drinking Hot Coffee in the Summer May Actually Help Cool You
During the summer, there’s nothing better than a cup full of ice and your favorite drink. Whether it’s your favorite soda, energy drink, or ice tea, nothing will cool you down more than an icy-cold beverage.
Some people will tell you that ice coffee is a perfect choice.
But what if we told you that the best way to cool down your system during the summer is with a good old cup of hot coffee? Sounds impossible, right? You might be surprised.
That’s not all, today, we’re going to talk about:
- How coffee may cool you down during hot summer days
- What’s the best time of day to drink your cup of coffee
- A couple of summer staples that won’t help you cool down
Let’s now see what scientists say about coffee…
How Coffee Could be the Key to Staying Cool
Despite what your first instinct is, drinking something hot when the temperature is incredibly high is actually a great idea. Won’t a hot cup of coffee during the summer make you sweat like you’re in a sauna? Yes, it will. And that’s the idea.
Researchers have discovered that when you drink a hot drink – let’s say a cup of delicious coffee for example – a set of sensors in your gut is activated. They send a signal to your brain to start producing more sweat. Your body doesn’t have a better defense from heat than sweat.
The sensors in your mouth will register the heat of the coffee. That will make you feel warm for a few seconds, yes. However, when the initial heatstroke won’t feel too pleasant, drinking coffee will make you feel cooler in the end.
And that’s not all. During the summer, you probably feel sluggish all day long. Well, a cup of coffee will help you get up and running, no matter how lazy you may feel. Ingesting caffeine will keep you feeling buzzed and concentrated when you need it the most.
Won’t ice coffee give you the same buzz? Unfortunately, it won’t. Ice coffee usually has less caffeine than ordinary coffee. That’s because hot water removes caffeine from coffee beans more effectively than cold water. Either way you look at it, hot coffee is better for you.
The Best Time of the Day to Drink Coffee
Does this mean that you should just make a gallon of coffee and sip on it all day long? Not at all. Two to three cups of coffee a day will be enough to cool your body down. Too much of it will leave you drowning in your own sweat.
Are there specific times for coffee? Not really, but there are times when you should avoid drinking it. Here’s how to go about it:
- For your morning coffee, drink before 9 AM
- The second cup should be an hour before 12 PM
- You should drink the last cup an hour or two before 6 PM
Why should you avoid drinking coffee at these times? That’s all because of the natural hormone, called cortisol. When you’re stressed, your body starts producing cortisol. At certain times during the day – times we listed above – cortisol levels in your body peak.
Caffeine triggers cortisol in your body. Drinking at these times will make you feel too stressed.
If you can’t avoid drinking coffee during these times, you want to find something with less caffeine. There are options. You can go ahead and find some light, organic beans on Coffeeble if you’re used to drinking coffee at 9 AM or at noon.
Other than these three hours, you can find the time that fits you best.
5 Popular Summer Drinks You Should Actually Avoid
That’s how coffee can cool you down. Just make sure not to drink too much of it and not to drink at certain points during the day. Now, let’s talk about certain beverages that are considered summer staples but that won’t help you make feel cool at all.
Here are five drinks you should avoid like the plague if you want to keep your cool…
- Diet Sodas
Everyone loves diet sodas. They’re sweet, don’t have any sugar, and aren’t bad for your health. However, artificial sweeteners can have a negative effect on your gut bacteria. This can not only prevent you from sweating but also make you become glucose intolerant.
- Energy Drinks
Energy drinks might make you ingest more caffeine than you need. This can lead to increased pulse, blood pressure, and mood changes. All of that won’t keep you feeling cool.
- Store-bought Lemonade
Unlike homemade lemonade, most store-bought ones contain a ton of sugar. Even worse, some brands don’t even contain any actual lemons. Heavily-processed soda will only give you a sugar high, speeding up your metabolism in the process, increasing your temperature.
- Fresh Juice
While fresh juice has certain nutrients, it lacks fiber. That lack of fiber allows the fruit sugar to enter your bloodstream instantly, making your body temperature rise in the process.
- Sports Drinks
Many people enjoy a nice sports drink after a summer pickup game. But sports drinks are filled with carbs and most contain salt. Even a small dose of salt will soak up a good amount of liquid in your body, preventing your sweating and cooling down.
Go Drink a Coffee and Cool Off!
Now that you read all of that, you have some idea about how to cool off your body when the summer becomes unbearable. So the next time you feel too hot, remember this:
- A cup of hot coffee will help you cool off for the day
- Make sure to drink the coffee in the morning, noon, and evening
- Try to avoid some of the so-called summer staples if you want to stay cool
While beers, brews, and cold cocktails may seem attractive during long summer days, if you really want to cool off, then you need to take a pot and make some coffee.
You’ll feel cooler than ever. We guarantee it.