Freelance contribution by: Lucy Wyndham
It is not uncommon for people to make use of tea to improve health and lifestyles. So it’s welcome news for sporty tea drinkers that a tea brand has won two Great Taste awards and is slowly being preferred over sports drinks. So this begs a very good question: Can green tea replace and replenish your electrolytes?
The Need For Electrolytes
“Electrolytes” is a blanket term that’s used to refer to minerals in your body that have an electric charge. These minerals help to move nutrients to your cells and swiftly restore hydration to your body, according to the US National Library of Medicine. So when they say “electrolytes”, dietitians and doctors can refer to sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphate, and chlorine. When the levels of any of these nutrients drop in your body, you can experience dehydration and impaired body temperature regulation. So if you want to avoid the chemicals of commercial sports drinks, what options do you have?
Tapping Into Green Tea
While sports drinks can restore electrolytes, they often contain high amounts of sugar, based on the study of the American Chemical Society. If you’re on a particular diet like keto or you can’t have much sugar, green tea is a good and natural alternative to sports drinks. A 245 g cup of green tea supplies about 20 mg of potassium and 2.5 mg of sodium, according to Nutritionix. Green tea can also help you rehydrate and gain the right electrolytes to fight off “keto flu” and is a good base to create your own electrolyte drink.
Nutrients and Flavor
To get the most out of your green tea electrolyte drink, it’s best to mix it with other natural ingredients. For example, you could combine it with coconut water. Coconut water contains more electrolytes in it than 15 sports drinks, according to the Huffines Institute. You can add honey to your green tea for a natural sweetener without the excessive sugar. If you like your electrolyte drink with flavor, you can add fresh and natural fruit juices to your green tea. Not only will you affect the flavor but you’ll also get the additional nutrients from the fruit.
The Caffeine Issue
It is tempting to just drink green tea since it does carry a lot of benefits. However, it is important to remember that it also contains caffeine. So it would be wise to pace yourself when you do drink your green tea. A good way to cut back on caffeine in your tea is to use simmering water rather than boiling water. Using loose-leaf green tea tends to have less caffeine in it as well, per food writer Lindsey Goodwin (source).
Basically, green tea can help you replenish your lost electrolytes. You just need to find a blend that fits your tastes and dietary needs. This gives the highly active and health-conscious more options to pursue their hydration. The best part is that industries and tea drinkers are still finding new ways that green tea can benefit everyone.
Photo is copyright under Creative Commons Generic License to the photographer Randy Fath and is being posted unaltered (source)