The general consensus has been that drinking too much tea dehydrates our body because of the caffeine content, but a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the caffeine levels are not enough to counter the volume of water that we drink with tea.
It found that not only does tea replenish our fluid stores the same way that water does but it also has the added heath antioxidant benefits from the flavonoids that can help prevent the risk of heart disease and some cancers and can even help with the detox process when fasting which is essential for weight loss.
So if you prefer drinking tea rather than anything else whether it’s green, black or herbal tea remember you wont need to drink water on top of that to meet your daily hydration needs. Just try to make sure there is no sugar or milk!
If you do find that you just can’t stand to have tea without milk just limit your milk intake to 100 kJ or 20 Cals per fast and you should still have the same results from your fast.
‘True tea’ like black tea, green tea, oolong and white tea, come from the leaves of the tea plant and ‘herbal tea’ like chamomile tea for example, are actually just infusions of flowers and herbs. They are all great for fasting though, as they have zero calories as well as great antioxidant properties.
If you are sensitive to caffeine however, limit caffeinated tea to one per day or just have caffeine free herbal teas. If you’re feeling stressed during your fast or you want to get the maximum detoxifying effects of your fasts then try a calming chamomile tea or liver cleansing dandelion root tea.
So How do You Make Your Tea More Interesting?
- Add some Stevia (the zero calorie sweetener from natural sources)
- Add a slice of lemon or lime.
- Add some cinnamon. (Which is also great for managing your blood insulin levels)
- Use herbal teas (make sure they have no calories!).
- Or make your tea into iced tea. You can find some great iced tea recipes here
By: Juliette Dryson
Juliette is a physical therapist from New Zealand, living in Sydney, Australia. She has a passion for helping people lose weight without the need to diet and has a special interest in helping women like herself, who have tried dieting in the past to lose weight in a healthy way. Through her research and experimentation on the best ways to lose weight she has become an expert in this area and loves to share her experiences and successes.