Wait, What? Is Milk More Hydrating Than Water?

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You may be shocked to learn that milk is a great source of hydration, and you probably already have some in your fridge.

This coffee and cereal combo is hydrating and healthy. And even, milk is more hydrating than water, according to science.

A March 2016 study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared skim milk, whole milk, cola, diet cola, hot tea, iced tea, coffee, beer, to water.

Skim milk and whole milk were found to be more hydrating than plain water, as participants who drank milk were able to retain fluids for longer lengths of time.

A May 2020 Nutrients study revealed milk-containing beverages better than water at retaining fluids. Milk hydrates the body more than water.

Milk contains about 90% water, making it an excellent hydration source, especially during the hot summer months when individuals are more prone to being dehydrated.

It takes the body longer to metabolize a nutrient-rich beverage, so you end up retaining more of the nutrients you drink for longer.

After sweaty, strenuous activity, pick milk over water to replace calories, electrolytes, and macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates).

In the long run, it's impossible to completely replace water with milk. After a hard workout or a long hike, you may want to replace your fluid intake with milk rather than water. 

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