Hydrate With Tea

Did you know that after water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Staying well hydrated is so important to good health since losing as little as 1 to 2% of body weight from fluids can impair physical performance and our ability to think.[1] If you are like most people, about 80% of your total fluid intake comes from drinking water and other beverages.[2] Tea is 99.5% water and it counts towards your daily fluid intake. Tea is known for its many health benefits, so drinking tea is also good for you! Read on about how to satisfy your thirst with tea!

How much fluid do you need a day? [3]
Your body loses water when you’re breathing, sweating and getting rid of waste. If you lose more fluid than what you drink and eat, your body can get dehydrated and you may feel tired, get headaches and not perform at your best. NOTE: You can become dehydrated even before you feel it. That is why it’s important to drink fluids regularly, even before you feel thirsty. Your fluid needs are influenced by a number of factors including your age, gender activity level and the weather! (Hot and humid weather can increase your fluid needs.)


Daily Healthy Beverage Guidelines[4]
Beverages make up an important part of nutrition for Canadians. Men and women aged 19 to 30 obtain around 20% of their daily calories from beverages.[5] The Daily Healthy Beverage Guidelines, published in the March 2006 issue of the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition, can help you make smart choices about the types of beverages you consume. The guide looks at the relative health and nutritional benefits and risks of various types of beverages. Under the guidelines, unsweetened tea is second only to water as a beverage choice and people can drink up to eight cups of tea a day as part of a healthy diet.

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 Daily Healthy Beverage Guidelines (.pdf)

[1] Liebermann HR. Hydration and Cognition: A critical Review and Recommendations for Future Research. J Am Coll Nutr 2007;26:555S-61S.
[2] The Institute of Medicine. Dietary Reference Intakes: Water, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride and Sulfate. Washington DC: National Academy Press, 2004.
[3] Dietitians of Canada, Guidelines for Drinking fluids to Stay Hydrated, Nof 27, 2014 http://www.dietitians.ca/Your-Health/Nutrition-A-Z/Water/Why-is-water-so-important-for-my-body-Know-when.aspx
[4] Popkin BM1, Armstrong LE, Bray GM, Caballero B, Frei B, Willett WC., A new proposed guidance system for beverage consumption in the United States., Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Mar;83(3):529-42.
[5] Garriguet D. Beverage Consumption of Canadian Adults. Statistics Canada Health Reports, November 2008.


Happy National Iced Tea Day!

June 10th is National Iced Tea Day, what better way to celebrate than by brewing up some iced tea. Making iced tea at home is easy, and there are so many flavours to choose from!

How to Brew the Best Cup of Iced Tea:

  1. Place 2 g of tea or 1 tea bag per 8 oz of water in pitcher
  2. Steep for appropriate time (based on tea type)
  3. Add ice
  4. For extra flavour add your favourite fruit, such as lemon, lime, orange or even peaches
  5. Pour a glass and enjoy!


On hot summer days what’s more refreshing than grabbing a cool drink? Enjoy hydrating with iced tea! Staying hydrated is especially important in hot weather or when you are active. Since tea is 99.5 % water, it can count towards your fluid intake for the day – plus it tastes great!

Your body is made up of nearly two-thirds water so it is really important that you get enough fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated. Remember ‘fluid’ includes water and additional drinks that give you water such as tea, herbal tea and other beverages. You also get water from the foods you eat. On average most people get about 80% of their fluid intake from drinking water and other beverages, and the other 20% from foods.

Celebrate Iced Tea Month

Whether you are hosting a BBQ, out on the golf course, or enjoying the nice weather outside, freshly brewed ice tea is always a great option.  Tea’s high water content makes it a great beverage choice to keep you hydrated. As temperatures rise outside, stay cool with iced tea. Simply add ice to your favourite brewed teas for a cool and refreshing drink.  pexels-photo-128242

When you home brew your iced tea you can customize it to your particular preference—some like it sweet, others unsweetened, some prefer fruit infusions like summer peaches, others prefer just a simple lemon wedge. Whatever your preference is, we have you covered with these recipe ideas.

A Note From Your Instructor: Sheena Brady, Algonquin College

It’s a great honour to be facilitating the TEA SOMMELIER® Certification Program on behalf of the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada at Algonquin College.

Because of the THAC, I’ve developed a deep passion for tea, and this program gave me the voice and knowledge necessary to turn that passion into a thriving business.

I look forward to being able to give back to the tea appreciating community through my experience and connect with each student the way I was captivated while in the program.

Becoming a Certified TAC Tea Sommelier® Professional is exciting for so many reasons, and can lead to a successful career in hospitality and commerce. Through these classes, I intend to pair both the basics and history of tea with my own real life story in the field founding a successful tea business and through this, I hope to inspire others as well.


Upcoming Classes 

TEA 105: From Bush to Cup (Tea Garden Management)
June 4 – July 16 (1:30 pm – 4:30 pm)

TEA 108: The Business of Tea
May 16 – July 11 (7:00 – 9:00 pm)

About Sheena Brady

Sheena Brady PhotoWhat happens when you take a woman, fully immersed in the world of wine and hospitality from studying and working in New York City followed by Northern California, and introduce her to tea?

Sheena Brady did just that. She took her knowledge of terroir, and her trained palate and dove head first into the world of tea. After all, both tea and wine are heavily influenced by the changes in weather, the ground they’re grown in and the hours of sunshine they receive. Sheena is fascinated by the way everything comes together to create different types of teas all from just one plant.

Fate had her moving to Toronto to manage the city’s largest luxury hotel tea program, a library featuring over 75 premium teas sourced around the globe while working with the Tea Association of Canada which led her on an eight-month journey to become a tea sommelier. Shortly after, her business, www.teasetea.com, was born as an outlet to offer tea lovers a unique and modern tea experience. Tease Tea boasts over 40 blends curated and created in small batches for customers around the globe as well as high profile clients including Four Seasons Hotels.

However, after a decade of managing restaurants and hotels internationally, what excites Sheena most about the world of tea is it being a respected gesture of hospitality around the world for centuries. The other similarity between wine, hospitality and tea that keeps Sheena going, is similar to pairing wine & food, Sheena will pair the perfect tea to compliment any and all of your desires. Just tell her what’s on your mind.

Sheena is also a trusted On-Air “Tea Expert”, regularly engaging and educating SiriusXM Radio, CTV, Global News & Rogers TV viewers/listeners. You can view some of the interesting segments here.

Flavonoids: Did You Know?

All teas from the plant camellia sinensis contain flavonoids. In fact one third of the weight of a tea leaf is comprised of flavonoids, which are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water.


Franz Eugen Köhler, Camellia sinensis, Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen (1896)

Brewing your tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 mL serving.  This makes tea a key dietary source of flavonoids. In comparison to other recommended sources, fruit juices run at about 3-50 mg flavonoids per serving. While tea is a naturally rich source of flavonoids, it is not a substitute for fruits or vegetables which provide a wide range of nutrients such as flavonoids and essential vitamins and minerals.

You suit me to a “TEA” Valentine!

Go big or go home some say… well we have a perfect gift that will make a big splash and earn you a special place in the heart of your Valentine. The Tea and Herbal Association of Canada has an internationally recognized TEA SOMMELIER® Certification Program that is available online and in-person at select colleges in Canada. TEA 101: Introduction to Tea, is a short course that makes an ideal and unique gift.



This online tea course will provide an introduction to the history of the origin of tea; you will learn how to differentiate the types of tea as well as the tea grading standards used in the industry. You will also be initiated to the basics of tea terminology and proper cupping techniques.

Course Package Includes:

  • Teas
  • One live tutorial with instructor
  • Online learning platform – “Schoology
  • Videos explaining cupping/tasting
  • Digital Course Book on learning platform

Length: 4 weeks


The online program is offered through the Academy of Tea and you can register here.

If you think that your sweeTEA would enjoy learning in person you can see a list of available courses at colleges here.


Tea for Life: January is Hot Tea Month!


Not only did we welcome in a new year on January 1st, but we ushered in the celebrations for Hot Tea Month. Canadians, from coast-to-coast, love tea and we have some suggestions for celebrating:

Drink Tea!

This one is by far the easiest and possibly the most important. Looking for guidelines on how to prepare the perfect cuppa? Visit here or watch our video.

Instagram Contest

From now until January 31, 2017, we’ll be collecting photos of yourself with friends or family enjoying the benefits of tea or an original lifestyle shot that best represents your unique relationship with tea. Get creative and start sharing today! The top three shutterbugs will win some very cool tea accessories by Breville. To learn more on how to enter visit here.

2016 Winners


Have a Tea Party!

Our country’s climate – characterized by long, cold winters – means that we’ve cultivated a tea culture that is unique in North America (industry research shows that more than 70% of all tea consumed in Canada is hot tea). So gather some friends and family together and make some tea… don’t forget to Instagram to join the contest.

Tell Us Why You Drink Tea

Visit us on one of our social media channels and tell us what tea means to you and why you drink it. We’d love to know!




Recently we had the chance to meet with some university students to listen to why they drink tea. Click here to watch the video.