Another reasonable question to ask for sure. Especially because caffeine is a diuretic, meaning it causes the body to flush out a bit more sodium and water through your urine. So tea dehydrates you, right?
Dr. Daniel Vigil of the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles explains, “When you drink a cup of coffee or you drink a glass of iced tea, you are necessarily taking in a volume of fluid along with that dose of [caffeine]”.
So, let’s say you drink a whole liter (it’s possible, I’ve seen it done!) of green tea, (okay, maybe it was me!), our bodies can then absorb the water equivalent to the amount of water in that drink. Thus, while it is always wise to hydrate throughout the day, there is no fear of your tea dehydrating you! In fact, the more tea you drink, the more you may become hydrated.
If you are worried about your tea not bestowing enough fluids, try opting for an iced variation! As the ice melts, you can be sure that you are getting an extra dose of water with your tea, too. Or, another alternative option would be to use more water compared to your tea leaves when brewing your next cuppa.
Check out our other blogs on Tea FAQs by clicking on the link below:
Ducharme, Jamie. “Are Coffee and Tea Dehydrating?” Time, Time, 16 Mar. 2018, time.com/5192272/coffee-tea-dehydrating/.
“Is Tea a Diuretic?” Matcha, 26 Nov. 2018, matcha-tea.com/matcha/is-tea-a-diuretic.