Does Tea Hydrate You?
People have been asking us, "Does tea "count" as water?" or, "Does tea help you hydrate?". There have been arguments both ways that tea is or isn't hydrating. This is our answer to settle the argument.
Is Tea Hydrating?
It depends on what tea you're drinking. Puerh is a diuretic. It will make you go to the bathroom and if you have enough of it, you will go so much that the net effect will be dehydrating.
Puerh can have about as much caffeine as either a white or green tea. Black teas usually have some of the highest amounts, however this tea is aged, so some of that wears off during that process.
Caffeine is a diuretic.
All tea, that is tea that is made from the camellia sinensis plant has caffeine. The least available is white tea and the most is matcha. Check out our blog post about that here.
That means that caffeine will make you urinate which is the argument for the net 0 or net negative effect of tea on hydration. Thankfully this is incorrect. The amount that tea will make you urinate vs how much you will drink is minimal.
If you're looking for a non-caffeinated tea that is very hydrating as well as sugar free, we have a wide selection available in our herbal tea collection.
If you're looking for the most caffeinated tea while still staying away from coffee, our yerba mates are fantastic.