With the sweltering heat we’re experiencing right now, we drink any liquid—juices, water, soda—to keep our bodies hydrated. After all, health experts are saying that we should keep ourselves hydrated because the heat plus the sweating is dehydrating our bodies.
But did you know that some of the beverages we’ve been drinking during this hot summer weather might be making us thirsty faster, rather than quenching our thirst for a longer period of time? Here are three drinks that may be doing just that.
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Caffeine, as we all know, is the most consumed psychoactive drug in the world. It is also legal and unregulated in nearly the entire world. It can be found in drinks like coffee and tea, which we drink when we want to wake ourselves up or calm ourselves down for bed.
But did you know that drinking your morning cup of coffee might make you feel thirsty faster? It’s because caffeine acts as a diuretic which increases our body’s production of urine, thus making you feel more thirsty.
Some of us can’t resist the delicious beverage that is milk tea, or the oh-so-flavorful powdered fruit juice, which sounds really good especially in this heat. But did you know that drinking a lot of these sugary beverages may be the culprit as to why you’re reaching for a glass of water more often? This is because the sugar in these drinks can decrease your body’s water storage capacity, which the body needs to metabolize excess sugars we ingested.
Who can resist the thought of drinking ice-cold soda on a warm day? Just imagine the refreshment you’ll feel once you take a sip of your favorite carbonated drink on a hot summer day.
Unfortunately, these carbonated drinks may only be quenching your thirst for a short period time—and soon, your body will be asking for more water. It’s because soda, just like coffee, contains caffeine which is a diuretic. As mentioned before, a diuretic causes the body to produce more urine, in turn making us feel more parched.