So climate change – or, as George Will calls it, “Summer ….get over it” is giving us the kind of weather where one’s fire escape can double as a warming oven, so NPR, in it’s high-minded way, did a little story on why drinking hot tea in hot weather cools you down.
…when you eat or drink something hot, these receptors get that heat signal, and that tells the nerve to let the brain know what’s going on.
When the brain gets the message “It’s hot in here,” it turns on the mechanism we have to cool ourselves off: sweating.
Yes, the hot drink makes you hotter … but it does something else, too.
“The hot drink somehow has an effect on your systemic cooling mechanisms, which exceeds its actual effect in terms of heating your body,” says McNaughton.
Of course, as the clip below demonstrates, Cliff Claven got there first: