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Do Energy Drinks Count as Fluid? |


Energy drinks used to be something you’d find in gas stations, marketed to long-haul truckers who needed to stay awake on the road — not exactly health food. But they’ve become increasingly popular and mainstream, with many people using them as a coffee substitute. The market for energy drinks is five times that of ready-to-drink coffee in the United States, reports the Wall Street Journal.

Energy drinks can be sold as full-size beverages, similar to soft drinks, or much smaller energy “shots,” and both types of products usually contain caffeine as a main ingredient, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). Usually, the caffeine content of energy drinks far exceeds that of other caffeinated beverages such as coffee or soda. These drinks may also contain other stimulants, such as L-carnitine, guarana, and taurine, as well as added sugar, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

While energy drinks have been criticized for other reasons — the CDC cautions that regular consumption of these beverages may have negative effects on the nervous system — they are a popular beverage, and that raises the question of how much hydration they provide.

Adequate fluid each day is crucial for overall health. After all, the body is about 60 percent water, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Proper hydration not only helps the body maintain temperature and lubricate joints, but it can also improve mood, brain function, and immunity, reports the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Based on recommendations from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, women should aim to drink about nine 8 ounce (oz) cups of water per day, and men should aim for 13 8 oz cups. (To receive a more personalized hydration recommendation, use a hydration calculator.)




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