We all need something juicy and refreshing when we feel thirsty. Nearly all adults need 64 ounces of water daily.
The question is, can coffee perform the same task?
The first thing that pops up in your mind when it comes to a refreshing and energetic drink is coffee. One cup of coffee takes out all the stress and laziness from your body, but when it is a thirst question, you should perhaps think again before drinking it.
Here we will briefly discuss from different points of view just how much coffee is helpful to quench out your thirst.
Coffee and Thirst
Imagine after a very hectic schedule, you open the door of your apartment and ask for a cup of coffee for your dry throat, while falling down on the sofa. At that time you may feel like that cup of coffee quenches your thirst, at least for the moment.
Drinking a cup of coffee will moisten your throat and fill your stomach with some liquid. It will satisfy the immediate desire for fluid. Yet, psychologically you will feel thirstier especially when you are not used to it. I know it will sound weird how a liquid, especially coffee, increases thirst instead of quenching it.
Although if taken in a moderate quantity or at a regular basis, coffee will not affect your body adversely, but nothing can be decided before understanding the complete concept of effects on the human body caused by drinking coffee.
Effects of Coffee
The effect of coffee on your body depends on the quantity and how often you take it. The main constituent of your coffee is caffeine, if taken in large dosage can dehydrate you. It causes fluid to pass through the body faster than usual.
That is the reason why coffee wakes you from sleep and makes you thirstier than before. The reason behind this is caffeine has a diuretic effect that makes water to circulate in your body more rapidly. As a result, your body discards the fluid before taking the amount of liquid needed. It discharges water without making use of it.
You will surely understand why after drinking coffee occasionally, you have to pee again and again. To compensate for the effect of coffee, more water consumption is recommended.
When talking about the benefits and side effects of your favorite beverage, then happy news for you is coffee is very helpful in burning fats. It will increase your metabolic rate by 3 to 11%, if taken in a moderate amount. It is also beneficial for diabetic patients, especially for diabetes 2 disease.
Coffee will also be helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. Also coffee drinkers have lower risk of liver diseases.
Every good thing comes with some bad in it. It totally depends how we use it. Same applies for coffee as well. If taken in excess, coffee can cause insomnia. It may also reduce the effect of the medicine you have taken if taken in excess. Sometimes it can be addictive and can also cause anxiety and disrupt sleep. It may cause a rise in blood pressure which is not needed. It increases the risk of heart attacks among young adults.
What the Studies Say
After discussing the effects of coffee, the question is still there: does coffee quench your thirst?
To find the appropriate answer, some studies have been done. FDA recommends you to not use any beverage especially caffeine beverage to quench your thirst. They say, your body indicates to you through thirst that the water is needed inside and caffeine diuretic effect actually flush the liquid from your body instead of providing it liquid.
Yet some nutrition coaches recommend coffee when you are thirsty or your body needs liquid because it contains liquid and coffee has only a slight diuretic effect. They say it is all a myth that the caffeine will dehydrate you.
According to them if the body is releasing more fluid than it is not necessary that it is taking off useful fluid also. Our body takes the amount of fluid that is needed and the remaining is flushed out. Although no one wants a steaming cup of coffee for a thirsty throat but still if you want to take it as a liquid, then it will not dehydrate you, says an associate clinical professor of family medicine from University of California, Los Angeles.
A small experiment has been carried out to compare the effect of coffee over water on the human body. The experiment included 50 healthy males who were used to drinking three to six cups of coffee in a day.
On two separate days they drink three to four cups of coffee and an equivalent amount of water. After that blood and urine samples had been taken and it was found that the hydration level of 50 healthy males were the same for both the days.
It is noticeable that the experiment was carried out on healthy males who were used to taking three to six cups of coffee a day. It can be said that the result can be differ for special cases.
Studies reflect that the effect of caffeine on the body depends on the quantity in which you are taking it. Of course, what you drink makes a difference and apart from just quenching your thirst, you should take care that the beverage you are going to drink will not affect your health in future.
Although your coffee comes with a number of benefits but only when you are not addicted to it. After understanding the concept of different effects and side effects of coffee on your body, it is easy for you to conclude whether and how the coffee is beneficial for your health.