Why Tea Makes You Pee?

Some people have been telling me that after they drink tea, they need to go to the toilet. Obviously, you’ll say the more liquids you take, the more you urinate, don’t you? But is it really true that drinking tea results in a more frequent urination just because tea is a lot of water?

In fact, the reason partly lies in caffeine. Most black and green teas contain a certain amount of caffeine which is a natural diuretic. Now a diuretic is any substance which makes your kidney produce urine and get rid of water in your body[1]. So this means that if you drink caffeine-rich liquids above the recommended caffeine daily dose of 200-300 milligrams, you will certainly need to pee more often. This includes drinks like coffee, tea, sodas, energy drinks but also food like dark chocolate or painkillers.

Is it the whole story then? No. It is well known that tea also contains antioxidants as well as polyphenols and catechins. All these help to get rid of radicals and flush out toxins in our body and by doing so the ‘waste’ is removed in a form of urination. Cool stuff, isn’t it?

So if you have started drinking tea and noticed that after every cup you keep running to the toilet, take it easy – that’s absolutely normal.


[1] http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=7103

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