Consuming too much caffeine (namely coffee) can lead to dehydration. Urologist Vannita Simma-Chiang, M.D., previously explained to mbg that along with being a natural diuretic, coffee is also a bladder stimulant. Meaning, unless you’re drinking enough water to rehydrate, you’re pretty much just losing fluids.
One way to tell if coffee is dehydrating you beyond your pee color? Check your lips. Will Bulsiewicz, M.D., MSCI, gastroenterologist and mbg Collective member, says dry lips are a sign that you may have had one mug too many.
Managing this side effect is simple enough: adequately hydrate by drinking more water, eating hydrating foods, or adding in electrolytes.
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