Even if youâ€™re making an attempt to stay better hydrated, you may be ingesting dehydrating substances without even realizing it. Start by drinking ionized alkaline water, which is six times more hydrating than regular water, and then stop consuming so much of these dehydrating foods and drinks:
Sodium is a big culprit.
When you eat salty foods, your cells tell your brain that youâ€™re thirsty. Salt is a big part of the American diet, so watch your consumption of these food varieties:
- Fast food
- Potato chips
- Salty snacks
- Canned food (salt is used as a preservative, as well as a taste agent)
- Deli meat (again, with salt as a preservative)
- Processed bakery items
- Condiments like ketchup, mustard, and salad dressing
Sugary beverages also contribute.
Much like salty foods, sugary drinks also tell your brain that youâ€™re thirsty. Avoid these types of sugary-sweet treats, and treat yourself with a healthier beverage instead:
- Sports drinks
- Energy drinks
- Sugary coffees
- Sugary alcoholic drinks
For many people, caffeine can increase the urge to use the restroom, and the same goes for alcohol. Avoid caffeine and alcohol if you want to feel less thirsty and more hydrated throughout the day and evening.
Instead of eating and drinking these dehydration-inducing foods and beverages, drink more alkaline water, and add these top superfoods to your diet for optimal health and antioxidant levels.