The increased fluid intake from drinking tea can lead to more frequent urination. As well, some teas also contain diuretic compounds or are natural diuretics, which can also increase urination. While drinking a lot of tea can naturally cause you to urinate more often, frequent urination may also be a symptom of a more serious condition, which may require medical attention. If you are concerned about how much tea you drink and your urine levels, keep track of how much fluid you consume -- both tea and other drinks -- and speak with a doctor.
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Increased Fluid Intake
Drinking more fluids in general can lead to more frequent urination. As you take in more fluids than your body needs at the moment, extra fluids are released through urination. Tea can be one of the fluids used to hydrate your body, and MedlinePlus recommends between six to eight 8-ounce glasses of fluids per day. While caffeinated beverages can act as a hydration source, noncaffeinated beverages are more strongly recommended. According to the Merck Manual, adults normally urinate four to six times a day and will pass between 3 cups and 3 liters of urine in a regular day.
Many teas contain caffeine, and those produced from the Camellia sinesis plant, including black and green teas, are all naturally caffeinated. While caffeine is considered safe for consumption, it is a natural diuretic, which can lead to more frequent urination. MedlinePlus recommends drinking no more than five cups of caffeinated tea daily, which will keep you within the recommended upper intake of 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine per day. Excess caffeine consumption can lead to anxiety, trouble sleeping, restlessness, tremors and more frequent urination.
Some herbal teas are made from natural diuretics, namely dandelion and stinging nettle. Both have been used traditionally as natural diuretics, although they are commonly drunk now for other health benefits. Dandelion tea is made from the leaves and roots of the dandelion plant -- yes, the same weed you find in your front lawn. Stinging nettle tea is made from the leaves and stem of the plant, although in some cases the root may also be used.
While drinking tea can lead to more frequent urination, other causes of increased urination may be the reason. If you suffer from diabetes, have too much or too little calcium in your body, have a urinary tract infection, experience kidney failure, have an enlarged prostate gland or have been taking diuretic medications, you may experience increased frequency in urination. MedlinePlus defines excess urination as 2.5 liters or more per day, although the specific amount will vary depending on the person and his fluid intake. If you are concerned about your urination levels, monitor how much you drink and how often you urinate, along with estimated amounts of urine. Tracking your weight can also help determine your fluid output. If you experience high urination over the course of several consecutive days, speak with a doctor.
- Teavana: The History of Tea
- Merck Manuals: Urination, Excessive and Frequent
- MedlinePlus: Water in Diet
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Green Tea
- MedlinePlus: Caffeine in the Diet
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Dandelion
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Stinging Nettle
- MedlinePlus: Urination