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Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Ivanna ShepelNews
In the heat, you need to be especially careful what you drink

This summer, forecasters predict a significant heat wave in many regions of the world, including Ukraine. In such conditions, it is especially important to maintain a proper level of hydration as our body uses more fluid to cool down.

However, it is very important to watch what you drink in the heat because some drinks can only worsen the condition of the body and even contribute to dehydration. OBOZ.UA has compiled a list of drinks that are best avoided.

Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine, and cocktails can cause dehydration as alcohol acts as a diuretic. They can also increase the risk of heat stroke, especially if you are out in the sun.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Caffeinated beverages

Coffee, tea, and energy drinks that contain caffeine can also contribute to dehydration. Caffeine has a diuretic effect, which causes the body to lose more fluid.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Sugary carbonated drinks

Carbonated drinks containing large amounts of sugar can cause a rapid increase in blood glucose levels, which can lead to decreased energy and even headaches. They also do not provide the body with the necessary hydration.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Juices with high sugar content

While fruit juices may seem like a healthy choice, many contain added sugar, which reduces their health benefits. They can also contribute to dehydration if consumed in large quantities without additional water intake.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Sports drinks

Sports drinks can be helpful after intense physical activity, but they are often high in sugar and sodium and should be consumed carefully and in moderation. If you are not doing intense exercise, water is usually the best option.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

Milkshakes and drinks

Milkshakes and cream-based drinks are also not advisable in the heat. They will not digest well in hot weather and can cause indigestion. They can also be high in calories and sugar, which is not conducive to healthy hydration.

Only make things worse: what drinks to give up in the summer heat

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