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Can tea be part of my daily recommended fluid intake?

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Tea is a great addition to the daily recommended fluid intake. Whether caffeinated or caffeine-free, tea is largely composed of water -the most important nutrient of any diet- and ideal for supplementing the body's daily water needs, according to The Telegraph.

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The primary reasoning behind resistance to tea is the fact that most teas -especially black teas- contain caffeine, a diuretic that prompts the frequent urination counterproductive to keeping the body hydrated.

Contrary to the popular perception, consistent intake may actually build up tolerance to the diuretic effects of caffeine, making all teas an excellent supplement to the daily fluid intake, SFGate's article on Water Consumption and Caffeine argues.

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