Balancing Caffeine Intake with Hydration

November 23, 2020 4 min read

Balancing Caffeine Intake with Hydration

We all know water is important...but we also know many people struggle to drink enough water each day… 

But it is interesting, that even when people KNOW water is important, it still isn’t a focus or a priority. 

It may shock you that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated according to doctors! 

A survey of 3,003 Americans found that 75% likely had a net fluid loss, resulting in chronic dehydration. Although the survey found that Americans drank about eight servings of hydrating beverages per day, this is offset by drinking caffeinated beverages and alcohol and eating a diet high in sodium. (source)

Just a quick recap and a few stats on why staying hydrated and drinking enough water is vital to your health: 

  • It is key to proper digestion as it is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. 
  • It detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries waste away. 
  • Your blood is 92% water, muscles are 75% water, your brain is 75% water, and your bones are 22% water - so it is pretty important to every part of the body!
  • Supports workout performance and recovery. 
  • Water is vital to the fat burning process you can read more on the details in our other blog here.

Common signs of dehydration: 

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Yellow or dark yellow urine
  • Smelly urine
  • Dry mouth, lips and eyes
  • Feeling tired, lightheaded or dizzy
  • Peeing less than 4x a day 

Extreme dehydration can lead to: 

  • Sunken cheeks or eyes
  • Confusion
  • Sunken soft spot on top of skull

Dehydration is typically caused by not drinking enough fluids, including water, excessive sweating, diarrhea or vomiting. Dehydration can also occur from increased urination caused by uncontrolled or undiagnosed diabetes, or by certain prescription medicines that are diuretics, such as blood pressure medication.

A few groups of individuals that should pay a bit more attention to their hydration levels include athletes that are sweating a lot, people with chronic illnesses such diabetes and kidney disease, and infants and children as they are especially vulnerable to dehydration. 

Additionally, as we age our body's fluid reserve becomes smaller, so your ability to conserve water is reduced and your thirst sense becomes less acute. Therefore, it is especially important for older individuals to drink adequate amounts of fluid to prevent dehydration. 

So - how do we balance hydration with caffeine? If you’re like me, I LOVE my coffee and I lift stronger with my PRE workout. Well, first let’s debunk the question about caffeine being a diuretic -caffeine has indeed been shown to have a diuretic effect – but only when ingested at levels in excess of 300mg. However, the most ecologically valid of the published studies offers no support for the suggestion that consumption of caffeine-containing beverages as part of a normal lifestyle leads to fluid loss in excess of the volume ingested or is associated with poor hydration status.  (source)

What do we mean by a normal lifestyle here? We simply mean most people aren’t drinking 6 cups of tea or 4 cups of strong coffee in a short 24-hour time span.

In fact, average daily intake is around 250mg. Therefore, as long as you’re continuing to drink adequate fluids, your hydration level should be fine. 

In a study more grounded in reality, Grandjean et al compared the effects of drinking caffeinated and non-caffeinated drinks over a period of 24 hours. The amount of caffeine consumed for the study was closer to the average consumption than for other studies that restricted caffeine intake for 24 hours to 3 months beforehand; and the results showed no difference in urine production between consumers of the two types of drinks. (source)

So, there is really no negative effect of consuming caffeine in moderate amounts, unless of course you are sensitive to caffeine or cannot tolerate the acidity from drinking coffee.

We know many people struggle to drink enough water as they gravitate towards drinks with a bit of caffeine for energy - so that is why we have now created our HYDRATE+ :)

We wanted to provide benefits for hydration, performance AND energy levels. With HYDRATE+ you will stay hydrated as it includes electrolytes, pink himalayan salt and Vitamin C while boosting your recovery with amino acids and glutamine, PLUS a bit of our Infinergy caffeine! Not to mention, this product has no artificial sweeteners, it is sugar free and it has zero calories! A great replacement for sugary drinks like soda or energy drinks filled with artificial ingredients.

The caffeine in Hydrate+ is Infinergy, which is a precise combination of caffeine and malic acid fused together using an ionic bond into a compound known as di-caffeine malate. Infinergy contains approximately 75% caffeine and 25% malic acid by molecular weight. (source)

The malic acid in Infinergy works to buffer the salts in caffeine, allowing for easier digestion whilst also replenishing the energy produced by caffeine, which helps to minimize the dreaded post-caffeine energy ‘crash.’

In comparison to caffeine anhydrous, Infinergy is a milder form of caffeine that has a longer-lasting stimulatory effect without the excessive “jitters” side effect that many users experience with caffeine anhydrous.

The best part is, you can sip on Hydrate+ anytime and most people will experience an increase in mental alertness, concentration, and physical energy within 10-15 minutes as it enters the bloodstream.

So, if you’re looking for a way to get your water in along with a boost of energy, Hydrate+ is your drink of choice - plus it tastes ah-ma-zing!!

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