I know when it's cold that I typically reach for a hot cup of coffee or hot chocolate but apparently that's the wrong idea. The hot drinks might actually have the opposite effect from what you want.
The Wall Street Journal mentioned that your body already has a mechanism to keep you warm when cold. It's not fancy - it's shivering - and we all do it. So basically by drinking something warm, you are fighting nature.
On top of the hot drinks, caffeinated drinks (such as coffee) will also cause you to become colder. Caffeinated drinks are also a diuretic, which removes heat retaining water from your body every time you pee.. the more you know!
Oh, and top it off, you might want to avoid alcohol too. Even though you might think that it warms you up, it doesn't. Drinking alcohol might actually bring along some more serious problems such as hypothermia.
If you're not ready to give up coffee completely yet maybe you can ease into it by drinking decaf! But the rumors are true... there is still some caffeine in decaf coffee! According to Mental Floss, the decaffeination process usually removes 94 to 98 percent of the caffeine from a coffee bean.
The caffeine content in the decaf coffee can vary depending on how the beans are decaffeinated and which kind of beans they are using. There are usually about three different methods used to decaffeinate the coffee beans. Those methods include water, chemicals or carbon dioxide to draw caffeine out of the beans!
Does this affect your morning routine?
Yeah, me neither. Bring on the coffee. Preferably with vodka.