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Some Surprising Reasons Why Just Drinking Tea or Coffee All Day Can Harm Your Health

Some Surprising Reasons Why Just Drinking Tea or Coffee All Day Can Harm Your Health

Drinking caffeinated drinks, such as tea and coffee, can seriously dehydrate you. If you go all day without water, it can have some serious health complications. Some associate dehydration with drinking alcohol, which is true, but tea and coffee are culprits in affecting your health. Find out how it can harm your health and what to do instead.

Smug Water

Some people really get uppity about their water consumption. From high end water bottles to hydrolyzed water, people can really get weird about how much and in what ways they consume water. The smugness of people who drink a lot of water may actually be warranted, given that water is necessary for your human survival and tea is not (ahem).

Diuretic Effects

When consumed in large doses, around five cups of coffee a day, caffeine can induce a small diuretic effect, meaning the body increases urine production to remove more fluid. Tea and coffee can be a little hydrating, but when too much is consumed, it will have the opposite effect.

Dry Mouth

One reason caffeinated rinks are commonly associated with dehydration is that some people experience a dry mouth feeling after drinking. The tannins found in tea, coffee, and some fruit can have an astringent feeling, causing a dryness in the mouth.

Surprising Side Effects

Drinking coffee or tea as a beverage of choice can be fine-to a point. For most healthy adults, it is safe to consume up to 400 mg of caffeine a day. That is around four cups of coffee or eight cups of black tea. Green tea has slightly less caffeine than black tea, and herbal teas are usually not caffeinated. For most healthy adults, it is safe to consume around 400 mg of caffeine per day. Heavy caffeine intake can cause other unwanted side effects, including stomach upset, heartburn, restlessness, increased anxiety or nervousness and ‘coffee jitters,’ or increased heart rate.

Drinking water is the best beverage overall for health. Only 20% of fluid intake comes from food, like fruits and vegetables. It is important to drink enough water to stay properly hydrated and to remove waste products from the body. Your urine color should be pale yellow, which is healthy. If it is darker, then you may be dehydrated and need to get more water in your system.

“The best way to maintain water balance in the body [is] to monitor your urine color — it should be pale yellow, like the color of lemonade — and pay attention to your thirst sensation,” Webster said.

“If you feel thirsty, it’s likely that you’re already a little dehydrated. If you’re not thirsty and your urine is pale yellow, you’re likely getting enough water.”

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