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29 November 2013

Are Caffeinated Drinks “Canceling Out” Your Water Intake?

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If you’re conscientious about drinking an adequate amount of water, make sure that you’re not undermining your laudable efforts with caffeine-containing beverages such as coffee, tea and colas. Health experts generally recommend drinking a minimum of 8 8-ounce glasses of water daily (and more if you exercise). However, if you consume any caffeinated drinks — which have a dehydrating effect by increasing urination — you are essentially “canceling out” the health benefits of the water that you do consume.

In fact, a recent survey indicated that while Americans drink an average of nearly 8 servings of “hydrating” beverages (milk and juice as well as water) daily, they also drink about 5 servings of dehydrating beverages, which include alcohol as well as caffeinated drinks. The net yield: only 3 hydrating beverages a day!

Here’s an imprecise rule-of-thumb for keeping your body hydrated: For every caffeinated or alcoholic drink you have, “replace” it with an additional glass of water beyond the 8-glass minimum.

You can learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle by contacting the weight-loss professionals at HMC Weight Loss Centers. Complete the Schedule an Appointment Form to the left or give us a call today at (951) 547-1280 for more information about our Corona weight-loss clinic or (714) 543-2673 for our Tustin weight-loss clinic.