Staying well hydrated is not just something we need to do to stay healthy, drinking enough water is essential to life. Dehydration can lead to tiredness, headaches and eventually even organ failure and death. There’s been a lot of talk in the press about how much water to drink to stay hydrated but there are no hard and fast rules. The key thing to know is that you don’t necessarily have to drink masses of water every day to stay healthy, water can be found in the food you eat including tea and coffee.
For a long time it was believed that tea and coffee’s diuretic effect would cause dehydration rather than keeping you hydrated. Fortunately it has been disproved and in fact tea is just as effective as water as keeping you hydrated. Studies show that even if you brew an extra strong cup of tea, the dehydrating effect of caffeine won’t exceed the hydration given by the tea.
Green tea is often seen as the most beneficial when it comes to your health, the antioxidants it contains, plus the hydration it provides means that you can drink green tea safely without the worry of dehydration. The hydration tea gives you can be even more beneficial than water due to all the antioxidants and nutrients that are present in tea.
It is possible to drink too much water, a condition known as hyponatremia occurs when the kidneys aren’t able to excrete enough water and the sodium in the body becomes too dilute. This isn’t something you’ll have to worry about when drinking tea though, it’s most commonly found in marathon runners trying to rehydrate after a race.
At The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company we stock a huge variety of tea and coffee and tisanes that can be drunk as part of a healthy diet. Whether you prefer white, green or black teas or herbal or decaffeinated tea you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.