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!