Drinking Water on a Teatox
A healthy body is made up of about two thirds of water, it’s vital that we keep our bodies well hydrated but too much of anything is a bad thing. Sounds like a bit of a minefield! But you’ve made it this far in life without dehydrating so you’ll have some idea of how much water you should be drinking. It depends on you as an individual but we can help give you a few pointers, some facts and some things to look out for.
What Happens If I don’t Drink Enough Water
If you do not drink enough water whether you are on a teatox or not you will get dehydrated. The effects of dehydration are:
- dark urine and not passing much urine when you go to the toilet
- lack of energy
- feeling lightheaded
Please check the NHS website for more detailed information on dehydration.
If you feel any of the effects listed above whilst on your teatox then make sure you replace your fluids by drinking more water.
How Much Water Should I Drink?
We do eat some foods that provide our body with fluids, fruits for example like Oranges, Apples and Grapes contain a lot of fluid. However the vast majority of the fluids we intake come from our drinks. So if we are agreed that water is the best way to replace the fluids that we need how much should we be drinking?
The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day. That’s about eight glasses of 200ml each for a woman, and 10 glasses of 200ml each for a man.
Having said that we should be drinking more water if we are exercising more or if the weather conditions are warm.
Can I Hydrate On Other Drinks Than Water?
Water is great for hydrating your body, but if you do not like the bland taste you could try adding a slice of lemon or lime. You could also dilute your water with sugar free squash or pop the kettle on and have a cup of tea.
Will Green Tea Dehydrate Me?
Some green teas contain caffeine, the green tea in our 14 day Teatox contains Approx 20mg per cup.
Caffeine is said to be a minor cause of dehydration, however the health benefits of green tea far out weigh any issues with caffeine.
The ‘normal’ black tea you find in the supermarket has up to 70mg of caffeine and a instant brewed coffee has approximately 95-200 mg in a cup.
If you would like to know more about the hydration levels of Green Tea we recommend the Is Green Tea a Good Substitute for Water? article on the Livestrong website.