Thirsty? Beware: These Foods And Drinks Will Dehydrate You

According to a study by the Institutes of Medicine, 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. “Drink more water,” you may think–but hydration doesn’t rely on how much water you drink. It also stems from the foods and other beverages that you consume.

Your diet could be influencing your hydration, whether you know it or not. Some eating plans, such as a high-protein diet, can rob your body of water. Some trendy health drinks are less hydrating than water. When you’re thirsty, avoid these foods and beverages.

Coconut Water Isn’t All It’s Hyped Up To Be

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Rumor has it that coconut water is more hydrating than regular water, but experts aren’t convinced. In 2017, a study in the International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism compared waters during exercise. Coconut water is not as hydrating as regular water, researchers confirmed.

If you’re looking for electrolytes, you’ll have better luck with a sports drink. Registered dietitian Andrea Giancoli says that coconut water has electrolytes, but it lacks carbs and sodium. You need these nutrients to rehydrate after a long workout, he told WebMD.