“Coffee hydrates as well as water” was a headline heard around the world, and it certainly got our attention here at OG HQ!
Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and staying hydrated is key in controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Not to mention, healthy skin, hair and nails. “Healthy Hydration” is definitely essential,” says Jim White, registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesman.
In the past… coffee has not received the same attention as water (and other fluids) considered to be “hydrators”, yet it plays a much more critical part in our daily lives and for our bodies. In fact, coffee has often been thought of by many to be dehydrating (given it’s diuretic effect). Well, those myths have been completely debunked, offering reassuring news for coffee lovers worried that their daily dose of Java may leave them dehydrated.
The University of Birmingham in England devised new research to compare whether drinking coffee affected hydration differently than water consumption. “Our research aimed to establish if regular coffee consumption, under normal living conditions, is detrimental to the drinker’s hydration status,” lead author Sophie Killer, a doctoral researcher, said in a statement.
The investigators analyzed hydration status with several established measures—body mass, total body water, and blood and urine tests. They found the hydration effects of coffee or water did not differ significantly. “Consumption of a moderate intake of coffee, 4 cups per day, in regular coffee-drinking males caused no significant difference across a wide range of hydration indicators compared to the consumption of equal amounts of water,” Killer said. Killer and her colleagues noted that public health recommendations to exclude caffeinated beverages from daily fluid needs or to drink a glass of water for every cup of coffee or tea consumed “should be updated to reflect [our] findings.”
Go Ahead – Enjoy your OG coffee with even greater pleasure, and a distinct lack of guilt! More importantly, stay hydrated – the OG way!