Apr 16, 2024, 03:00 PM IST

8 Dehydrating Foods you Must Avoid in Summer

Emily Horn

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1. Salty Snacks  

Foods high in salt, like chips and pretzels, can increase fluid loss as your body needs more water to process the excess sodium.

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2. Protein-Rich Foods  

While protein is an essential nutrient, high protein foods, especially meats, require more water for metabolism, which can increase dehydration if fluid intake is not increased accordingly.

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3. Caffeinated Beverages  

Coffee, tea, and some sodas contain caffeine, which has a diuretic effect, potentially leading to increased urination and fluid loss if consumed in large quantities.

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4. Alcoholic Drinks  

Alcohol is a well-known diuretic that can lead to dehydration by increasing the amount of urine your body produces. It also impairs your body's ability to sense dehydration.

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5. Sugary Drinks  

While they might be refreshing, drinks high in sugar, like sodas and some fruit juices, can actually pull water from your body into your intestines, potentially leading to dehydration.

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6. Asparagus 

This vegetable contains asparagine, a natural diuretic compound, which can increase fluid loss through urination.

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7. Processed Foods  

These often contain high levels of sodium and sugar, which can contribute to dehydration, especially if they make up a significant portion of your diet.

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8. Spicy Foods 

Eating spicy foods can provoke sweating, which might increase water loss and potentially lead to mild dehydration.

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