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8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Stop Consuming Cold Drinks

8 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Stop Consuming Cold Drinks

Cold drinks are out while hot drinks are in! Experts are now telling us that hot or warm drinks are much more beneficial for us than was once thought. Here are 8 amazing things that will happen when you reach for the hot drink, rather than a cold one. Just hot water on its own has loads of benefits.

1. You’ll feel the benefits of sweating

On a hot day, you need to sweat. It is your body’s way of keeping cool. Researchers at University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics found that evidence is pointing towards the benefits of a hot drink. They found that cold drinks did not make their athletes sweat enough and you need to sweat to really keep the body cool. Hot drinks can make you sweat and that more than compensates for the actual temperature of the drink.

The Indians travelling on their trains have known about this all along. They have always served warm meals which are always accompanied by strong, hot and sweet tea. Temperatures both inside and outside the train are frequently about 45° C (113°F)!

“I’m Indian, I’m British. A billion Indians can’t be wrong. They drink hot tea in hot weather.” – Madhulika Sikka, producer, Morning Edition.

2. You’ll cut your risk of getting diabetes

A study by the American Diabetes Association says that if you have one can of cold drink in a day, it will spike your sugar consumption as all these drinks have too many carbs. For example, one can of either fruit drink, soda, iced tea, energy drink, or sports drink will probably contain 150 calories and 40 grams of carbohydrate. That is the equivalent of carbs containing 10 teaspoons of sugar so naturally, your blood glucose will rocket.

Follow the advice here on Rethink Your Drink so that you can go for unsweetened hot tea or coffee. Fresh fruit will also help you to keep your water intake at the right level, even when it gets hot.

3. You’ll become friendlier

Strange but true, according to the researchers at University of Colorado Boulder. They asked participants to judge a person while holding a hot cup of coffee in their hands and when holding a can of iced coffee. Participants did not know that holding the drink was part of the test. The results showed that when people held a hot drink, they tended to have more positive perceptions of other people’s generosity and empathy. It is a pity you cannot offer hot tea or coffee to members of an interview panels when you are interviewed for your dream job!

4. You’ll get more relief for your coughs and colds

We all know there is nothing like a hot drink of tea or coffee, when we have a cold or cough. You will get no relief at all from a can of iced tea! But is there any scientific explanation for this?

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Some researchers at the Common Cold Center at the University of Cardiff (UK) were determined to find out. They tried a well known brand of apple and blackcurrant cordial. They offered participants a hot or room temperature drink. Both were effective in relieving symptoms but the hot version was by far the most beneficial.

There may be psychological reasons but the researchers homed in on the physical effects. They found that the hot sweet taste was releasing compounds similar to morphine in the brain and thus easing pain and discomfort. The other inescapable fact is that heat almost always enhances taste.

5. You’ll boost your metabolism

Many dieticians recommend drinking hot water with your meals when you are on a diet. The Chinese do this all the time and marvel at our custom of always serving cold water at mealtimes!

Now I know that hot water is not that attractive taste wise, but it does stimulate the pleasure centers in the brain and that could help you to enjoy losing weight even more. There is nothing wrong with adding your favourite flavoring such as lemon juice. Also its effects can be really beneficial as it can increase your metabolism, so you are more likely to burn calories between meals. Dr. Michael B. Wald, Director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco is one expert who is convinced that hot water will be beneficial.

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6. You’ll be better protected against infections

Any hot drink which has used boiled water as its base will be healthier. Here’s why. Boiling sterilizes, so any bacteria in the water will be eliminated once boiled. There is another great advantage too. You can help to reduce the amount of mucous in your sinuses and stomach, thereby reducing the potential damage that might be caused by bacteria or fungi.

7. You’ll have better digestion

There is a lot of debate about whether cold water or other drinks can slow down digestion. Ayurvedic medicine certainly advocates the use of hot water with meals as the solution to bad digestion and nausea. But there is no scientific evidence for this at all. But if you drink hot ginger tea with your meals, it may well help your digestion as the University of Maryland site claims.

“Years ago, I used to recommend ginger tea to my hospitalized cardiac patients to help them with digestive or nausea problems.” – Dr. Sinatra, cardiologist

8. You’ll avoid harming your teeth

All those cold cans of soda and iced tea are full of sugars which interact with the plaque on and around your teeth. What is produced is a sort of acid which can destroy your tooth enamel. By avoiding all those cold drinks in a can, you can forget about flossing or brushing your teeth every time you have one of them!

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As you can see, it is much better to avoid cold drinks when possible and go for the healthier hot drinks we have mentioned above.

Featured photo credit: Tea in Gold/Tweetspeak Poetry via flickr.com

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Robert Locke

Author of Ziger the Tiger Stories, a health enthusiast specializing in relationships, life improvement and mental health.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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