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29 November 2013

Are Caffeinated Drinks “Canceling Out” Your Water Intake?


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.

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