Does it Hydrate?

Dehydration is a serious issue, especially in Arizona. According to the Institute of Medicine over 75% of people are chronically dehydrated. Most people believe that they are staying hydrated with various beverages but there is only one leader in hydration. You guessed it; water.

Here at Weather Masters we want you to stay save this summer. So we’ve grabbed a couple of the country’s favorite beverages to ask the burning question.

Does it Hydrate?

Soda Pop

No

While soda doesn’t dehydrate you it also does not hydrate. Soda (diet too!) is packed with sugar that does not do much to replenish the body with fluids. Caffeine can also work against you. So don’t overdo it on the Coke and Pepsi!

Sports Drinks

Yes

Sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade do act to rehydrate the body but if you are not working out intensely you might want to stick with water. Sports drinks contain sugars and sodium which replenish an athlete’s electrolyte and glycogen reserves. If you are working out for under an hour you can just stick with water.

Alcohol

No

No surprises here. If you’ve ever woken up with a nasty hangover then you know that alcohol actually works to dehydrate an individual. Alcohol actually causes cells to shrink, squeezing out extra water which acts as a natural diuretic. The liquid in alcohol does not compensate for its dehydrating effects.

Coffee

Java can dehydrate a person but only if they drink it to excess. While caffeine is dehydrating the water makes up for the effects leaving you more hydrated than you were before indulging. However if you consume more than five cups a day you could be at risk for dehydration.

Water

YES, YES, YES!

Water is the hero when hydrating your body. Try to drink around 8 cups a day but only if you have a thirst. There is no need to force water consumption.Dehydration is a serious issue, especially in Arizona. According to the Institute of Medicine over 75% of people are chronically dehydrated. Most people believe that they are staying hydrated with various beverages but there is only one leader in hydration. You guessed it; water.

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