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Tea as a source of daily water...(7 posts)

Tea as a source of daily water...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2001 7:50 AM
... OK, I know that drinking coffee or sodas all day long is not a good way to keep hydrated. Strong tea would also be bad.

On the other hand, I am more inclined to drink if my water tastes good. At home, I tend to use a mix of 1 part fruit juice (typically Juicy Juice, or similar inexpensive all-juice drinks), 4 or 5 parts water. That seems to work nicely.

At work, though, especially in the cold hangar, I like something warm. I have a cup of water when I get in (I commute by bike). I have a couple of cups of java in the AM, then switch to teas. I have a cup of green tea with lunch (1 level tsp of sugar), save the bag, and use it to make a second cup. Then I do the same with a fruity non-caffine herbal. I'm figuring this gives me more water, less caffine and tannic acid, than using a fresh bag every time. It seems to work, but I feel like I ought to add a little more fluid.

What say you guys -- is there a better alternative? Would more of this be better, or counterproductive?
re: Tea as a source of daily water...muncher
Nov 22, 2001 8:39 AM
You are way ahead of me. I drink way to much tea and coffee at work - pob 5 cups a day ish (not before or after, and rarely at the weekends - boredom?) but just make sure that I drink a couple of pints of water when I get home from my commute, and another couple over the course of the evening - seems to flush things through OK.
I would think that your regeme is pretty fine - I doubt too many people have overdosed on herbal tea in the past, and most of it's water.

I have found that by having a bike bottle on my desk next to my coffee mat I drink more water - you could try that to "balance" out any extra tea you might be taking in?
Keep meaning to take in a bottle ...Humma Hah
Nov 22, 2001 11:43 AM
... We have a number of mountainbikers at work, think they're pretty tough but I wonder when the ride or how much mileage they get in each week. I'd bet even my modest schedule doubles what they get, although my terrain is easier. We also have several French exchange students, but they all smoke heavily and don't ride.

I keep meaning to remember to take in one of the water bottles I earned on a century. The Solvang bottle really stands out, and I have one from the TD Palm Springs. I don't think anyone else at work has finished a century, but there are enough cyclist there that they would recognize the rides.
This is probably obvious, but...Timo Vennonen
Nov 23, 2001 1:12 AM
... when comparing the efforts between roadies and mountainbikers it's always better to compare the time spent on the bike, not miles/kms. The off road heart rates tend to be much higher, too.

The hydration issue then. I wouldn't think there's a problem with your tea drinking unless you feel yourself dehydrated in the evening. I drink quite a lot of coffee at work but I try to balance that with lots of water. Sometimes when I forget that, I feel really lousy in the afternoon.

Dehydration is easy to spot by monitoring your urine colour. Dark yellow - bad, bad and time for some water. Clear usually urine means that everything is under control. I've noticed one exception though, after a couple cups of coffee in the morning, there's no colour. I take it that it's because caffeine is a strong diuretic and it exhausts your excess fluids - hence the lack of colour.

Well, hopefully nobody was offended with descriptions of our (or at least mine) bodily functions. But this "urine watch" really gives new dimension to your toilet visits. Keep on drinking!
more obviousDA
Nov 23, 2001 9:17 AM
why not just drink hot water? avoid the sugar and other stuff altogether
That's one thing I've always monitored ...Humma Hah
Nov 23, 2001 4:54 PM
... and I agree, the diuretics like coffee throw it off.

The other disgusting bodily function, and the one that's making me worry about hydration, is constipation. I seem to be full of it lately (this will come as no shock to any regulars here). Not drinking enough fluids is one cause, and the reason I'm trying to encourage myself to drink more, as well as getting fiber.
Yes, fiber is the keyTimo Vennonen
Nov 25, 2001 11:20 PM
I'd try dried plums and dates... usually works for me!