Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining a healthy lifestyle and although water is the best choice when it comes to what to drink on a daily basis most healthy people can gain enough fluids from their usual array of beverages including fizzy drinks, fruit juice and milk.
Contrary to popular belief caffeinated drinks such as coffee, energy drinks and tea don’t cause dehydration when drank in moderation. These drinks are capable of hydration although only when drank in minimal amounts. Research has shown that healthy people can consume up to about four 8 ounce cups of coffee per day before the caffeine intake can start to lead to dehydration however it is also important to remember that too much caffeine can have detrimental effects to your health. Excessive caffeine intake can lead to a lack of concentration, jitters, increased heart rate and a number of additional undesirable side effects so consuming it in moderation is key.

In short, a standard intake of caffeine does not cause dehydration and can in fact contribute to your daily intake of fluids, however by no means should this be your main source of water per day. Drinking plenty of non caffeinated drinks is the best way to keep you hydrated but the odd shot of coffee or tea will not be detrimental to your water count. #caffeine

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