Patient Education Tea and Hydration

Independent scientists agree that tea is an excellent hydration fluid. A healthy adult should aim to consume a daily intake of 2.2 - 2.5 litres of fluid every day. It is a common myth that tea acts as a diuretic because of its caffeine content and may therefore compromise hydration. Review of the literature highlights that:

  • Only water surpasses tea as the healthiest hydration fluid
  • Tea is hydrating- not dehydratingThe levels of caffeine in tea will not dehydrate individuals and is recommended to consume up to two litres per day. A tolerance to caffeine develops, so any initial
    diuretic effect seen is diminished in people who regularly drink tea

Joko and Glen Tea are 2 of Unilever's tea brands with a rich heritage and are popular choices in South Africa.