Drinking enough water is synonymous with health and well-being. Know about the foods and drinks that are dehydrating you without knowing it

We all know that hydration is essential for the proper functioning of the body, it is important that the body maintain the correct water level to allow the vital chemical reactions and that the nutrients are transported to organs and tissues. A optimal hydration is also important to ensure a good digestion, waste evacuation and it is helpful in promoting the body’s natural cleansing process. At the same time it is key to good brain function.

Ensure consumption optimal water also ensures the transport of nutrients and oxygen to all cells of the body. Help to convert food into energy, cushions and protects vital organs, regulates body temperature and it is essential for the senses to function properly. Drinking lots of water is also a great beauty habit, which assures us a radiant skin.

The truth is that we usually have a lot of information about the foods that stand out for their high water content and therefore they are a great moisturizer. It is well known that heto watermelon, the melon, the cucumber, celery, the Apple, the Kiwi, the tomatoes, the oranges, peppers and green leafy vegetables are a wonderful ally of good hydration.

However, we seldom stop to think about those foods and drinks than stimulate dehydration, although there are some quite obvious. The truth is that there are references, as is the case of a study released by Harvard University that proves that sugary drinks instead of quenching your thirst, cause dehydration (among other serious health effects).

5 dehydrating foods and drinks:

1. Coffee

The coffee is considered a healthy drink and one of the most consumed in the world, is related to great health benefits, which are associated with its exceptional antioxidant content. The truth is that when you consume coffee in excess it can act as a agent diuretic, as high doses of caffeine they increase the flow of blood towards the kidneys and inhibits sodium absorption. This results in a increased urine output, which can promote dehydration processes especially when we have not drunk enough water.

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2. Meat and sausages

The processed meats and sausages are foods with which in general you have to be cautious, this is due to their elaboration process distinguished by the use of fats, preservatives and a lot of sodium. In particular, its high salt content increases its concentration in the blood and the signal of thirst to the brain. That hormone kicks in and tends to drift into different levels of dehydration and fluid retention in the kidneys. Also by being highly processed foods are more difficult to process especially for the digestive system and tend to consume a large part of the body’s fluid reserves.

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3. Smoked, battered and canned fish

This type of product is characterized by being smoked fish, among the main ones are products such as canned salmon, herring, tuna, and sardines. Although they are foods of daily consumption and represent a easy alternative for days with little time, they are characterized by being made with a high salt content, it is estimated that every 100 grams of these smoked fish provide 2000 mg of sodium. This is due to its elaboration process, in which they add a lot of salt to enhance its flavor, texture and extend its shelf life. A good advice to consume them is drain and rinse with clean water, it is also advisable to mix them with vegetables that are distinguished by their high water content , as is the case with celery, onion, tomatoes, cucumber, green leafy vegetables and lemon.

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4. Nuts

Nuts belong to one of the healthier food categories, relate to your high nutritional and energy potential; They are rich in protein, fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and healthy fats. The problem comes when we consume the versions of fried and salted nuts, it is therefore essential to select walnuts, almonds, cashews, pistachios, pine nuts, hazelnuts and seeds in their natural versions, in order to fully obtain their great therapeutic properties.

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5. Alcohol

Alcohol consumption relates to various health disorders and the functioning of the organism. Between the main affectations high consumption is found to act as an adehydrating people, this is because alcohol inhibits the production of antidiuretic hormone (HAD), which is responsible for regulate and balance body fluids. When this hormone is released on a regular basis, the kidneys increase water reabsorption, avoiding dehydration. That is why a very normal effect of alcohol consumption, is a considerable increased urine output And the dehydration it causes is also directly related to hangovers. Try to limit alcohol consumption and always accompany it with water.

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