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Friday, March 20, 2015

Skinny Saturday: water v tea

Skinny Saturday on a Friday because I won't have time to post tomorrow. :)

As the days get closer to summer, it's almost nerve wracking to think of all the time we'll spend in swimsuits, crop tops, fitted dresses, etc. Okay not almost, it IS nerve wracking. 

Our bodies are made up of more than half water and we use it for pretty much every bodily function — from regulating body temperature to removing waste to lubricating joints to carrying oxygen to the cells.” says Rachel Berman, a registered dietician and director of About.com Health. “That’s why you feel so fatigued, dizzy and moody when you’re dehydrated.” 

Water plays a huge role from weight management and control to our mood and skin. 

So, how much water do we really need?

According to Berman that’s not as simple as the old-school “eight glasses a day” rule we were all taught.


“It’s not the recommendation,” she says. “But it’s also not that far off. For women, it’s about 11 cups and for men it’s about 15 cups. But remember, that includes 20 percent from food.”
I've heard a lot of talk about water and how it's not enough to keep us hydrated. So, I did some research. Turns out that tea is actually NOT dehydrating and had more health benefits than plain water. 
"According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, green tea may help lower your risk of heart disease as well as reduce your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Green tea is rich in catechins, which promote fat burning and can increase your metabolic efficiency. It is also high in polyphenols, antioxidants that help protect your body from damage from environmental toxins and free radicals" (HealthyEating.com). 
An article from Time.com read, “Drinking tea is actually better for you than drinking water,” Dr. Carrie Ruxton, a nutritionist and the lead author of the study told the BBC. “Water is essentially replacing fluid. Tea replaces fluids and contains antioxidants so it’s got two things going for it.” 
  • They found clear evidence that drinking three to four cups of tea a day can cut the chances of having a heart attack.
  • Some studies suggested tea consumption protected against cancer, although this effect was less clear-cut.
  • Other health benefits seen included protection against tooth plaque and potentially tooth decay, plus bone strengthening

MedicalNewsToday.com also stated that drinking 3 or more cups of tea a day will do your body more good than just plain water. Not only will tea rehydrate you, it may also protect you from developing heart disease, and even cancer
Apparently, three or more cups a day may also protect your teeth and strengthen your boneseam leader, Dr Carrie Ruxton, a Public Health Nutritionist, said tea is better for you than water because all water does is rehydrate you. Tea rehydrates you and provides antioxidants. With tea you get two benefits. 
First photo courtesy of Vogue.com