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If I'm worried about dehydration, are there drinks I should stay away from?

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Stay away from alcohol. It is a diuretic, which gets rid of water from your body and leads to dehydration. Caffeinated drinks like coffee, tea, and colas are also diuretics, but as long as you drink moderate amounts, they probably won't cause dehydration.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Moving Smoothly." 

The Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration,"  "Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation" and "What I Need to Know About Constipation."

Medline Plus: "Dehydration."

Maughan, R. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2003.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 25, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Constipation: Keeping Your Bowels Moving Smoothly." 

The Mayo Clinic: "Dehydration,"  "Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day."

National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NDDIC): "Constipation" and "What I Need to Know About Constipation."

Medline Plus: "Dehydration."

Maughan, R. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2003.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on January 25, 2020

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