Everyday drinks do not cause dehydration. Staying hydrated is important, and that doesn’t just mean drinking water. Tea, juice, coffee and soda are other beverages good for preventing dehydration. It’s been said that drinking coffee can dehydrate you but that is now a myth. Soda and tea were also once said to cause dehydration. That is false.
Plain water is dehydrating. Water is the healthiest beverage people can drink to prevent dehydration. Water helps the body stay at the correct temperature and prevents kidney stones. If the taste is bothersome, fruit such as orange or lemon slices can be added to help enhance flavor. Coffee is another beverage that can actually hydrate if consumed in moderation.
A recent study by Sophie Killer proves that drinking coffee in moderation cannot cause dehydration. The study examined 50 men who were put into two groups: one group had four cups or 200 milliliters of black coffee a day for three days, and another group drank four cups of water a day for three days. After the three days, the groups switched their beverages. The men’s hydration levels were measured and there was no difference in the hydration levels of either group.
Coffee also contains a substantial amount of water, so people who drink a few cups of coffee may feel more hydrated. Tea is the same as coffee; it was once proved to cause dehydration but now it is seen as a hydrating beverage if consumed in moderation. According to Lawrence Armstrong, professor of kinesiology at the University of Connecticut, drinking five or fewer cups of coffee a day cannot cause dehydration:”Caffeinated beverages do not dehydrate you when consumed in moderation, that is, five cups or less per day of coffee, tea, or cola.” This shows that everyday drinks do not cause dehydration.
Juice is a hydrating beverage with an added bonus: nutrients. When people consume fruit or vegetable juice, they are getting minerals and nutrients. Some of these nutrients are vitamins B and C, and antioxidants. Juices such as apple and pineapple can help fight inflammation. Grapefruit juice can help cleanse the body of toxins. This type of beverage also has a large amount of water because it’s mostly fruit mixed with water.
Surprisingly, soft drinks are another way to stay hydrated. A study from the Center for Human Nutrition in Omaha ran a study that examined hydration from coffee, tea, soda and water. This study took one dozen and a half men in their 20s and 30s and had them drink different combinations of fluids. Some had water, others drank water and caffeinated soda and some had caffeinated soda, water and coffee. The men’s blood and urine levels were checked for hydration levels. All men were hydrated no matter what they drank. These beverages can keep everyone from getting dehydrated.
Water, tea, juice and soda can help prevent dehydration as well as provide other benefits. Water helps flush out unwanted toxins and some juice can fight inflammation. Soda, tea and coffee may not have any nutritional benefits but they can help give everyone that much needed jolt of caffeine. This goes to show everyday drinks do not cause dehydration.
By Jordan Bonte