How to stay hydrated

Monday, January 20, 2014

English Tea Shop herbal teas

It's important to stay hydrated properly and of course water is your best option but how many of us can claim to stick to that all day? Did you know that tea and coffee are diuretics? Maybe you didn't. Diuretics promote the body to produce urine and so in fact drain the body of more water than necessary. Drinking regular tea and coffee all day therefore is a really bad idea! My grandmother (under the watch of two carers) took a turn, perceived to be akin to a stroke so paramedics were called to the scene (3 turned up, all guns blazing) which turned out to be a dizzy spell caused by dehydration, the result of too much tea and not enough water. Do you get headaches through the day? Could be too much tea or coffee. Be warned.

So what should we drink instead? Well, if like me you can't face glass upon glass of good old H2O then fruit teas and herbal infusions are a great idea. There are hundreds of different varieties you can pick up so whatever your taste there WILL be something you like, trust me. I was given quite a few new selection packs for Christmas and I'm rather excited to be trying them, they sound great. I discovered Fruitbroo late last year and want to try more flavours.

fruita nd herbal infusions

Above is my current tea selection, Twinings are reliably good and the others were bought for me. There is is my beloved peppermint tea; a must to start the day with a very large mug of this. I firmly believe that a good night's sleep and a large hydrating and invigorating beverage is the right way to start the day instead of an IV of strong coffee. Most evenings I like to sip upon a large mug of Twinings camomile honey and vanilla infusion as it's delicious and of course, caffeine free. Favourites are Raspberry and Echinacea, Blackcurrant and Rhubarb, Blackcurrant and Vanilla as well as (not pictured) Blackcurrant and Nettle.

Twinings fruit infusions

There are many conflicting studies out there regarding the positives and negatives of coffee, caffeine and green tea. Who knows what is in fact the truth? Personally, I like to think it's wise to have plenty of hydrating beverages, a cup of coffee and a nice mug of green tea each day. (Don't forget that green tea has caffeine and is a diuretic too, unless you buy decaf). There are plenty of alleged health benefits to green tea and let's face it, there has to be if it tastes *that* bad to start with, though I've become so accustomed to it now that I don't even notice the flavour. If you've been put off it then do persevere. I love fruit juices but after being berated by my dentist, I try drinking them through a straw in an attempt to save my teeth from being eaten away by the acid.

Water can be jazzed up with the addition of a slice of lemon, lime or orange if you're feeling super holy. I indulge in a little weak squash but am planning to try more waters in an attempt to be a little more grown up.

Are you guilty of dehydrating? Have I persuaded you to make any changes?

Sophie

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5 comments

  1. I've totally fallen out of the habit of herbal/fruit teas, I need to stock up! x

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  2. I really can't get into fruit tea, I always find they smell better than they taste. Which brands are best? I've just got a filer travel flask and a brita jug. I'm currently doing Dry January and trying to drink 1.2 litres a day minimum. I always get headaches when I'm dehydrated so hoping this will help.

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  3. I actually do drink water all day long, luckily I love the taste.

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  4. I have a love/hate relationship with fruit teas - some taste great, others are just awful, I guess it's all about trying the ones that suit your taste. Twinings make a great selection though!

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  5. The cranberry and blood orange looks interesting. I have only one cup of tea a day now and drunk either water (I try for at least two large glasses a day) or fruit and herbal teas make up the rest. My current favourite is Twinings Fennel with a tip of a teaspoon of manuka honey. It takes a while to get used to. I trick myself j to drinking water by having it in my desk, I sip at it and before I know it. It's all gone. Still wanting to try the fruitbroo teas, the word rubarbular still makes me chuckle. Best. Word. Ever.
    Anyway, I'm hoping all this will keep me better hydrated, I used to be so bad at it.

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