Hot Tea In The Summer?! Here’s Why You Should Try It!

Hot Tea In The Summer?! Here’s Why You Should Try It! by Sara Tipton for Ready Nutrition

Summer is upon us! As I helped to ready the garden this weekend, I actually started to feel warm. When I went inside, I immediately grabbed a glass of ice-cold water. I was craving some herbal tea but didn’t feel like making any because it was so warm. But, as it turns out, hot tea is beneficial even when the weather is warmer!

Summer is upon us! As I helped to ready the garden this weekend, I actually started to feel warm.  When I went inside, I immediately grabbed a glass of ice-cold water. I was craving some herbal tea but didn’t feel like making any because it was so warm. But, as it turns out, hot tea is beneficial even when the weather is warmer! You can also enjoy teas made with some of your favorite summer flowers and fruits like calming chamomile tea, peach-citrus tea, hibiscus tea, or even a berry citrus tea.

Hot tea has a natural calming effect on the body and can actually help you cool down! I know, I was surprised too.  I’m a big fan of most teas and it’s rare to find one I don’t like. It turns out, that according to research and the international food practices of people living in many hot countries, drinking hot tea in summer has a greater cooling effect on our bodies than an ice-cold brew. Who knew?

“In Morocco, where temperatures get as high as 49.6 degrees Celsius in some parts in summer, people tend to drink piping hot glasses of mint tea,” says Anika Rouf, an Accredited Practising Dietitian. Hot tea is also commonly enjoyed in warm conditions throughout India, Malaysia, Turkey, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.

“This practice may seem really strange to some of us living in Australia because if it’s already hot, why would anyone want to drink a hot beverage? But in some countries, there’s a belief that in the heat, you fight fire with fire,” said Rouf. “So in summer, they drink hot tea to cool down. As a result, sweat is produced and your body loses heat.”

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