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Researchers: Turn to tea for rehydration

Posted July 19, 2010 5:36 p.m. EDT
Updated July 19, 2010 7:47 p.m. EDT

— As the summer weather heats up so does the risk of dehydration. Water may be the first drink you think of to quench thirst. However, British researchers say you might be better off with a nice cup of tea.

“I think because it contains caffeine, there has always been a thought that it might cause the body to lose fluid. But when you're drinking moderate amounts of tea, that appears not to be the case,” Dr. Catherine Hood said.

Researchers took two groups of men and served one cups of tea over 12 hours, and the other the same amount of water. They ran some tests and found tea drinkers were even more hydrated than those who drank water.

Researchers say they are not exactly sure why tea drinkers became more hydrated. Tea also contains antioxidants which help fight disease.