True or False: Is Tea Hydrating?

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It’s always nice when something you love is also good for you. While we all have guilty pleasures, loving tea is something that’s good for both your body and mind. We could drink it all day and night, so a question that often comes up is, is tea hydrating?

Staying hydrated is one of the easiest ways to take care of yourself. Whenever you’re feeling a bit off, stop and think: have I had any water today? Well, if you’re anything like us, it’s easier to stay hydrated when sipping on something more flavourful than water. Let’s talk about our favourite drink to stay hydrated: tea!

So… Is Tea Hydrating?

Let’s address this directly: Yes, tea is hydrating! While you may have heard the myth that tea is dehydrating, most research today reveals that tea (which is 99% water) is actually a great way to stay hydrated. The Camellia sinensis plant does contain caffeine, but this does not necessarily affect hydration. The topic of caffeine and tea can be a bit complicated, though. If you’re curious to learn more, check out our Steeping Together podcast episode on caffeine.

Why Hydration Matters

Hydration can affect everything from your bodily functions to your moods. Did you know that the human body is 60% water? So you can see why it’s pretty crucial.

Here are some of the benefits of hydration:

• Improves mood & focus
• Increases energy and reduces fatigue
• Supports bodily functions
• Keeps the skin hydrated and promotes a healthy complexion
• May relieve headaches (and hangovers!)
• Can improve sleep quality

The Best Hydrating Teas

Rooibos! Rooibos! Rooibos! And did we say rooibos? Yup, it’s known to be super hydrating, high in antioxidants and rich in electrolytes—essential minerals that help balance the water content in the body. That’s why we often refer to it as the sports drink of the plant world! It’s also caffeine-free, so that means you can enjoy it morning, noon and night.

Rooibos-based teas are perfect to sip on ice, during or after a workout sesh thanks to their thirst-quenching properties and because they can help replenish your lost minerals and fluids. We recommend Wild Grown Rooibos and Organic David’s Detox.

A Fun Way to Quench Your Thirst

While rooibos may be our top recommendation for hydration, most teas and infusions are actually super hydrating! If you’re trying to replenish your fluids, it’s important to stay away from sugary drinks like juices or soda. Instead, replace juice with fruity iced teas like tangy Just Peachy, cherry ice pop-inspired Hibiscus Splash or Organic 9 Berries for a berry fruit punch.

If you’re a fan of soft drinks, try making a TeaPop! Just add sparkling water to an iced tea of your choice. Our top recommendations are Sunny C (think orange soda), Blueberry Vanilla (the vanilla gives major cream soda vibes) or Organic Super Ginger (consider it a healthier ginger ale substitute).

Stay Hydrated Out There

No matter the season, whether it’s a steamy summer day or a brisk winter night, staying hydrated is key. Find a blend that works for you and make hydration fun and yummy. How could you possibly resist?

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