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What Drinks Dehydrate You in the Summer?

Staying hydrated in the summer is extremely important in the heat, but not everything you can drink is good for you. In fact, many of the most popular beverages are calorie-heavy, and can actually increase the body’s need for water. So what drinks should be avoided in the summer?

Sodas are obviously a bad idea. Also, anything alcoholic will definitely dehydrate you. Sure, it’s nice to kick back with a beer, but make sure you drink enough water to compensate for it. Flavored waters aren’t all that good for you either. For example, if Snapple’s Tropical Mango Antioxidant Water replaces your annual water intake, you’re likely to gain 15 pounds.

Interestingly, most caffeinated beverages, including coffee and tea, will hydrate you, just a little less than water. This doesn’t include speciality drinks, like Frappachinos or whatever sugary, calorie-heavy things the kids are drinking today.

That’s not to say you can’t drink whatever you want. Just be aware that just because you’re drinking something doesn’t mean you’re getting hydrated. Nothing beats plain old water!

From the New York Times. Photo by deapeajay.

27 Responses to “What Drinks Dehydrate You in the Summer?”

  1. shen

    water is what i crave when i'm seriously thirsty- soda or coffee just doesn't appeal to me when i'm truly thirsty. there's a reason for that!

  2. Anne Taylor

    Its interesting to see coffee and tea on the list of hydraters! We try to stay away from sugary/pop like drinks and focus on water. I often put a splash of vanilla (teensy eensy bit) in water with lots of ice and the kids think its not just "boring water" (its artificial extract so there is no alcohol in it)

  3. Maggie m.

    When I am thirsty, water is the only thing I want! My husband loves sports drinks but, they do nothing to quench my thirst!
    Maggie M.

  4. Pauline Milner

    Orange juice is the culprit for me. For some reason, if I drink a glass of orange juice, my mouth will be dry for hours. I don't know why, but it is annoying.

  5. @RePurrPussed

    I have actually heard that fruit juices dehydrate you too…not sure why that is the case, but I try to avoid juice in the summer as a drink and instead use it in my smoothies as part of a meal.

  6. @FotoMacro

    H2O for me! I used to be a HUGE Mountain Dew drinker in the summer, but no more. After a major kidney infection, its water all the way for me.

  7. Sunshine Crawford

    Lemonade dehydrates me the most. It always makes me more thirsty rather than quenching my thirst. I try to stick with drinking only water during the summer months!

  8. Rachel Higgs

    Soda should be avoided all the time but especially in summer. It is just not good for you and have you ever actaully felt refreshed after drinking one? I know I am still thirsty after I drink one

  9. Small Footprints

    I'm glad to read the tea (as in iced tea) actually hydrates one. Of course, I suppose if it's a highly sweetened ice tea … it's not a great idea. I use very little sugar in mine. Thanks! As always … you provide great info!

  10. Jen L.

    I'm a huge water drinker, but right now I'm really into bubbly water…so Perrier or something like that. It makes regular water more interesting. I also always drink juice watered down…half water and half juice. I find the flavour is still there, but it's not as sweet.

  11. Danielle Marshall

    Soft drinks definetly dehydrate me during the summer months. If i drink one i can never quench my thrist. Ice water, is what does it

  12. @My3Sons33

    I always thought coffee & tea dehydrated you. I do drink Coke, but that's the only soda I drink. Otherwise, I prefer just plain water. I never cared for any flavored water beverages.

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