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Drinking tea: is it the key to helping patients stay hydrated?

Tea is Britain’s favourite hot drink, but there is some confusion over whether it helps prevent dehydration – and if nurses should encourage patients to drink it

Tea is Britain’s favourite hot drink, but there is some confusion over whether it helps prevent dehydration – and if nurses should encourage patients to drink it

The British drink approximately 100 million cups of tea every day, according to the UK Tea and Infusions Association .

It is the nation’s favourite hot drink, but is tea hydrating or dehydrating, and what advice should nurses give to patients about how much of the stuff to drink?

Why is hydration so important?

On average, water makes up about 60% of body weight in men, or 50-55% in women, although this varies depending on age and body composition, according to the British Nutrition Foundation .

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