Summer has finally arrived and temperatures are rising. Our gut reaction is often to automatically reach for a nice cold drink when it's hot out. But this is actually a very bad habit that we should be cutting out immediately!
The summertime is the best time to drink a little soda with lots of ice on a rooftop with friends! Except this habit isn't the one you want to keep...
A bad reflex
During periods of high heat, as is the case at this time, it is formally recommended to drink regularly. More than the rest of the year.
Although it's refreshing, drinking an ice-cold drink does not quench your thirst. Indeed, the cold anaesthetizes cells whose role is to warn your brain when you are dehydrated.
These cells, present in your mouth and throat, have a major role in the proper functioning of your body. If you need water, they will trigger the sensation of thirst.
In other words, if these cells are anaesthetized by the cold, they can not do their job properly and signal to your brain that your body needs to be hydrated. Drinking iced drinks, therefore, increases dehydration!
Of course, there is an intermediate solution. The best thing you can do is simply favour cold and non-iced drinks, and cut out coffee, tea and especially alcohol during hot weather.
Take a look at the video above for more details...