Hydration Institute

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Thoroughly researched articles and advice about hydration and health, curated by a team of Oxford scientists.

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Sugar as an Electrolyte

Sugar is often portrayed as the enemy of all wellness routines. Is there ever a time when sugar, in moderation, can be beneficial? In reality, sugar actually has powerful hydration powers. Read on to learn more about sugar and how it works with electrolytes to help you feel and perform your best.

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What is Monk Fruit?

Monk fruit extract is an alternative natural sweetener used in food & beverages, derived from the monk fruit. In this article, we break down the history of monk fruit, discuss monk fruit extract compared to other natural sweeteners, and reflect on the pros and cons of monk fruit. 

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The Best Drinks to Replenish Electrolytes, According to an Oxford Scientist

The best drinks to replenish electrolytes are hydration mixes, natural fruit juices, sports drinks, and more. Electrolytes are the most important aspect when deciding which drinks are best to replenish electrolytes. In this article, we explain what works, what does not, and what are your best options!

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Does Cranberry Juice Hydrate You?

Drinking cranberry juice might not be the healthiest way to stay hydrated. Cranberry juice, much like other fruit juices, contains a lot of sugar previously stored within the fruit cells. A leading commercial brand of 100% cranberry juice with “no added sugar” still contains 18 grams of carbohydrates per cup (240 mL), of which 9 grams are sugar.

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Does Tea Dehydrate You? – Tea and Water Compared

Does tea dehydrate you? That depends. Some tea contains caffeine and caffeine has a mild diuretic effect, increasing blood flow to the kidneys and stimulating increased urine production. The question is whether this effect is strong enough to cause dehydration. The current general consensus is that it is not.

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The 12 Best Food and Drink Sources of Electrolytes

Sources of electrolytes: 

  • Potassium: potato's 
  • Magnesium: nuts, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds
  • Calcium: broccoli and cows milk
  • Chloride: table salt
  • Sodium: coconut water, table salt, and pickle juice

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