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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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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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