Coffee is often thought of as a dehydrating beverage due to its caffeine content. Caffeine is a mild diuretic. However, studies indicate that moderate coffee intake can contribute to hydration, rather than depleting it. Therefore, there is no need to cut back on your morning cup of joe out of fear it will cause dehydration. Do take care to avoid doctoring your coffee with excess sugar, as sugar can have a dehydrating effect in your gut. Sorry, but that sugary frozen coffee drink won’t greatly contribute to your daily hydration intake.
Herbal tea, whether enjoyed hot or cold, is an excellent source of water. Add a squeeze of lemon for a little burst of vitamin C as well. As with coffee, it is critical not to negate the hydrating benefits of tea with added sugar. For a special treat, try this recipe for the Ultimate Hydrating Iced Tea from Epicurious. This recipe combines green tea with grapes, lime, coconut water, chia seeds, and cucumber to make a refreshing beverage. A soothing cup of chamomile tea in the evening can both relax you and provide hydration for your evening slumber.
4. Fruits and Vegetables
Some individuals dislike the taste of water. Fortunately, fruits and vegetables can add to the body’s stores of waters. Fruits like watermelon, cantaloupe, and strawberries are 90% or higher in water content. This means you can enjoy their hydrating effects along with their sweet taste. Vegetables such as celery, romaine lettuce, and cucumber have around 95% water content. If choking down a glass of water is unappealing, take heart in the fact that a leafy salad can help replenish your water stores as well.