Coffee Doesn’t Count

You’d be hard-pressed not to find a coffee-lover just about…

 

Anywhere you go, and rightfully so. Not only can the sweet aroma of coffee be the perfect (and, let’s be real, usually necessary) start to your mornings, but it also has tons of health benefits and can even help you lose weight. But does the water in coffee count toward your recommended daily intake of water? Determining our daily intake of water depends, on a variety of factors including age, how active we are, the climate, and other variables. Generally, most nutritionists recommend drinking eight eight-ounce cups of water a day.

 

Coffee may actually have a dehydrating effect on our bodies if, we don’t consume enough water in addition to it.  It is not recommended cutting coffee out of your daily routine since, it has many possible health benefits such as “reduced risk of colorectal cancer, improved bowel movements, and improved liver regeneration for those with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Continue with your daily coffee consumption “since studies have found that, individuals who drink more coffee per day typically have, lower incidence of the above mentioned diseases,” but ensure that  your goal is to drink eight to 10 cups of water a day, that our coffee intake is in addition to that.

 

Coffee may actually be hydrating. “It seems hydration is not offset by the diuretic effect of coffee. Our body quickly compensates for the caffeine, so coffee has an overall hydrating effect.” However,  making coffee our only source of hydration?  You should consume no more than three to four cups (and no more than 400 mg of caffeine) a day.

 

It is important to note that, the way we individually metabolize coffee and how sensitive we are to it, should also play a role in how much we are able to drink. Although four cups is the most we should be consuming in a day, keep in mind that not everyone can tolerate that amount of caffeine. The way we drink coffee is also very important. What we add to our coffee can greatly impact the benefits we’re able to reap from it. If we’re pouring in sugary additives or full-fat milk, our coffee may not be as healthy or hydrating. The best way to drink your coffee is black, and if that’s too much to handle, try adding some cinnamon or a touch of honey for added sweetness. Or like I do…water it down, or is that to much of an article pun ?

 

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