So I did a little research and found this website called Prevention: Smart Ways to Live Well. On its message board people discussed the tea issue I found this answer:
That depends... what kind of tea are you talking about, and for what purpose are you drinking it? Some teas lose some of their effectiveness if they sit around and get cold. Hotter water has a higher solubility, so if you were making tea with hot water, it could a little get stronger than if you used cold water to make your tea. But in the end, there generally isn't that much difference between hot and cold tea. If you prefer it cold, drink it cold. Or lukewarm, whatever you like.
I found a few other articles saying basically the same thing, specifically with green tea, for example, that it does not lose its antioxidants when it sits and gets cold. But I have my take on the tea issue. I drink mainly hot/warm tea. The only iced or cold tea I consume is barley tea which keeps you very cool on those hot days. Green tea, like I said only has a positive effect on my skin when hot/warm -- but that's just me. I drink tea for mainly health purposes and thankfully, I happen to love the taste, so I think room temperature to hot is best for the tea to work its best. Warm tea help rid your body of toxins I would think better than cold tea. It helps flush those toxins by loosening them from your intestinal walls and then helping them on their way out of your bottom : ).
Gillian McKeith agrees and recommends drinking warm liquids: "Cold water (or anything cold/iced)... shocks and stops at the tummy, thus creating gas or bloating." Now, hot liquid is not necessarily the answer either. I found information on why taking hot baths is bad because it takes away the natural oils in our skin. Well, perhaps the same is true when ingesting hot liquids - - maybe it takes away the natural moisture from our intestines? That's just a theory, folks.
So the answer: DRINK LUKE WARM LIQUIDS! hahaha. Take the middle of the road approach.
P.S. - Ummm, drinking PG Tips any other way than scorching hot with a splash of milk is just WRONG! - but that's the only exception.
UPDATE!: I just found this chain of messages on the tea matter.