I keep my body in very good shape. I eat a balanced diet, I run and I lift weights. I keep myself active to keep my heart healthy and to keep my body functioning at a high rate.
Every time I play a pick-up game of basketball, run, lift, or any of the three, I always consume water. I’m sure that to you it sounds like a healthy way to quench my thirst and replenish the cells in my body. However, I also consume a good ‘ol cup of coffee or some other source of caffeine not long afterwards. Caffeine quickly refuels muscles as well as hydrates you. I’ll explain.
Usually coffee, though. And a lot of my friends don’t understand why. They complain to me that it’s unhealthy, that the caffeine in coffee will have a diuretic effect on my body and I’ll lose water weight and feel dehydrated soon after.
I call bullshit.
Yes, caffeine is a diuretic, and consuming a horde of it with no purified water at hand will cause you to eventually become dehydrated (depending on how strong the caffeine source is, too), but let me ask you a question: how do you make coffee? What is something that’s mandatory to morph coffee into a liquid?
When you do drink coffee, you retain over 70 percent of the water you consume. Doesn’t sound like much if a diuretic, huh? If you are so worried to that point where you are scared to death of the idea of drinking coffee, then why not have a bottle/glass or two of water nearby?