The Worst Hydration Drinks


Soft drinks often contain caffeine, which is a culprit for dehydration; tons of sugar and sodium; and it’s bad for your bones and teeth, too.


Consuming any kind of liquor removes water from your tissues, meaning you have to drink even more water to offset the effects.

Wine and hard liquor

Any alcoholic drink over 10 percent alcohol strength is a dehydrator, which means more of the liquid will leave your system than be absorbed.

Hot cocoa

One cup of hot chocolate contains more calories than a can of soda, dehydrating your system.You’re probably not drinking this in the summer, when it’s most important to consciously hydrate.


Drinking more than 200-300 milligrams of caffeine—the amount in two to three cups of coffee—has been shown to lead to dehydration.


Although the sweet-and-sour flavor can be tempting in the heat, lemonade is packed with sugars that don’t offer much toward your body’s needs.

Sweet tea

The amount of added sugar in this drink cancels out any benefits that come with tea’s antioxidants, so it’s more like a dessert than a drink.

Energy drinks

Packed with caffeine, fake sugars and complicated chemicals, energy drinks are not hydrating. If you’re looking to energize while still getting in more liquids, we suggest tea.

Flavored milk

White milk on its own is totally fine, but you start to add unnecessary sugars when you throw flavors in there. Avoid chocolate, strawberry and vanilla milks


Smoothies pack more fruit into your drinks than you’d think. Add that to the thick consistency and you may have a recipe for dehydration.

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