Stay Hydrated for Good Health: Unveiling 3 Dehydration Traps

In the dry winter conditions, maintaining adequate hydration is crucial. It is advisable to intake 1.5 to 2 litres of water daily, corresponding to 6 to 8 cups, to support optimal bodily functions (Individuals with fluid restrictions should follow their doctor's advice regarding fluid intake). Nevertheless, it's essential not to assume that any liquid will suffice; making improper beverage choices could impede your efforts to stay hydrated.

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Trap 1: Coffee and Tea Embarking on the day with a cup of coffee or tea has evolved into a daily ritual for many. While coffee and tea have some hydrating effects, the caffeine in them acts as a diuretic, especially in strong coffee and concentrated tea, leading to an increased output of urine and potential dehydration.


Trap 2: Soda and Fruit Juice Soda and fruit juice are popular beverage choices. However, soda often contains caffeine. Moreover, both options are laden with added sugars, which can prompt a surge in blood sugar levels, triggering the extraction of water from cells and an increased sensation of thirst.


Trap 3: Alcoholic Beverages Celebratory occasions often involve toasting with alcoholic drinks, yet alcohol is a culprit in inducing dehydration due to its diuretic effect, rapidly expelling a significant amount of water from the body.


Therefore, the optimal beverage for hydration is plain water. If plain water does not appeal to you, consider adding some lemon or orange slices for a slightly tangy taste or opt for sparkling water for a refreshing alternative. To determine if you're adequately hydrated, a simple method is to observe the colour of your urine, which should be pale yellow. To ensure you stay well-hydrated, make use of the 'Get hydrated' feature in our Blua Health app by setting reminders every 2 hours to drink water. This way, you'll never fall short of adequate hydration in your daily routine.


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