Screw water. Drink tea!
(Just kidding, water. You are great and wonderful and we need you.)
I’ve always held the notion in the back of my mind that drinking tea was better for my body than water. I thought I was just some sort of genius who understood the complexities of tea and its affects on the body after drinking so much of it. Alas, I am not. But I did some digging and found out why tea is actually better for your overall health than water and some of the best kinds to indulge in to feel your best!
Does Tea Rehydrate Your Body Better Than Water?
The belief has long been held that drinking anything with caffeine dehydrates the body (aka bad for the body). Some teas do contain caffeine, but in lower doses than what you find in coffee and pop. Due to the lower amounts of caffeine, your body still absorbs needed fluids when drinking tea instead of losing them, just as when you drink water.
The Current Score:
What’s Better for My Health, Water or Tea?
Water and tea are both great for your health and work as a team. I mean, you can’t make tea without water so… But is one significantly better for your body than the other? Let’s find out.
According to a BBC News article (the top authority on tea, because England) stated that by drinking 3 to 4 cups of tea a day could significantly reduce your chances of developing cancer or suffering from a heart attack. Experts believe the flavonoids and polyphenol antioxidants found in tea are responsible for its numerous health benefits. These compounds are believed to prevent cell damage in the human body.
Now, on to water. Our bodies are made up of 70 percent water, therefore we need water to survive. Being properly hydrated helps our bodies in a variety of ways. Proper hydration can help with weight loss, headaches, physical and mental performance, and remove toxins from the body.
So, now we know water and tea are both great for the body. But which one is better?
Remember what I said earlier about “you can’t make tea without water so…”? Tea is essentially fancier, better tasting water that helps the body in all the same ways plain water does, PLUS helps fight cancer and heart attacks.
The Current Score:
Tea: Infinity + 1
A Tea for Every Occasion
Now we know who the clear winner is in the debate of Water vs. Tea. But did you know there is basically a tea for every occasion and every ailment? Pretty impressive if you ask me. So if you’re not sure what tea to turn to when feeling tired, under the weather or can’t sleep, let me help you out!
1. When your eyes won’t stay open
If your eyes refuse to stay open in class or at your work desk, black tea is the answer for you. It contains the most amount of caffeine and is just a step below a cup of black coffee. So you feel energized, not jittery, with no caffeine crash to follow. I fell in love with Twining’s black tea blends while studying in Scotland.
PS: Adding a splash of milk and some sugar with your black tea is a creamy, delicious combo and very English posh.
2. You can’t fall asleep
Your go-to teas for sleepless nights are ones that contain chamomile, lemon grass and/or spearmint. You can find any of these teas in non-caffeinated versions or some tea companies create a specific night time blend with all three. Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea creates a SleepyTime Tea and Bigelow Tea creates a Sweet Dreams blend as well.
3. Pancheros upset your stomach again
Ginger or peppermint tea are great solutions when you have an upset stomach. They can also help with cramps and heart burn. Depending on your flavor preferences, ginger tea has a bit more spice to it, while peppermint is smoother.
4. Your headache just won’t go away
Green tea is a simple, natural remedy for when your headache won’t budge. If you’re used to sleeping off bad headaches, you can find a non-caffeinated version with spearmint to help you fall asleep. My favorite is Bigelow’s Spearmint Green Tea blend.
5. You’re hungover and need a good detox
Whether you had a fun night out on the town or over-indulged in delivery pizza, a detox tea containing lemon and nettle leaves is a natural way to clear your system gently. I find my favorite brand in the natural foods section at my local grocery store. Traditional Medicinals Everyday Detox Tea with Lemon and Stinging Nettles is my go-to. (Plus, Traditional Medicinals is just fun to say).