As always, a great, informative article! It actually did help to clear up a couple things for me - most notably, my boyfriend keeps insisting to me that tea is a diuretic and that it's actually dehydrating me, but even on days when tea consumption outweighs water consumption, I still haven't had any dehydration symptoms (and I get dehydrated fairly easily.. I know exactly
what happens to me when I'm dehydrated). He also tells me that I'm "being way too picky" about my definition of tea, but that's a separate story. Under most circumstances I will admit that he knows a lot more about random things than I do, but tea is one of the exceptions - that and Shakespeare
I do still have a couple things up in the air about tea - the biggest thing to me is regarding tea consumption.. when you're already sick. The first thing I turn to when I have a sore throat is tea with honey and lemon, but I've also heard that hot water with honey and lemon has practically identical results - the lemon helps "clean" the throat, the honey to soothe (whiskey helps here too
). There's also the "chicken soup" thought to a cold as well - is it for the steam to help loosen the sinuses, or just the fact that it's a warm, comforting food (i.e. physical vs. psychological effects), or is it just because it generally helps boost the immune system? Or an old wives' tale?
There have been so many answers to this that eventually they start to sound like we're all playing a giant game of telephone, and the phrase begins "tea is helpful because..."