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So here’s the thing about coffee; consuming caffeine does not directly cause dehydration. It is a common misconception that coffee and tea decreases the amount of fluids in the body, however regularly drinking coffee can in fact increase your risk of becoming dehydrated in other ways.
Have you ever drank so much water that feel you might throw up? Over drinking is a common problem, especially in hot weather, which most people tend to avoid. Now, let’s say you’re a regular coffee drinker, and you have more than one cup a day. To avoid over drinking you naturally drink less of other types of beverages, including water.
In fact, on average most coffee drinkers do not consume enough water daily. And so you are drinking something that does not hydrate you, and not drinking enough hydrating fluids, thus leading to an increased risk of dehydration.
So what can you do? Still need that caffeine kick? You can actually consume fluids that help increase focus and energy, while keeping you hydrated at the same time. You can add caffeinated ingredients like ginseng, or guarana to large amounts of water, or if you really want the coffee, try Turkish or Ethiopian style coffee, so that you consume a concentrate in very small fluid amounts. Lastly, just make sure you’re also drinking water through out the day.