Can certain foods cause dehydration? (like dairy? )
Can mineral supplements cause dehydration (like copper, zinc, or those Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops)?
If so, what is the mechanism? (Does it draw water into the colon to dilute the minerals or food, drawing water out of the cells or something?)
Thanks for any insight into this,
asked byCaveMan_Mike (3275)
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on April 03, 2013
at 06:01 PM
"Can certain foods cause dehydration? (like dairy? )"
Yes, grains for example. Especially flax seeds. Dried fruit are also very dehydrating. Dairy can also be dehydrating if you're intolerant to lactose.
I don't know much about number 2 but dehydration could be caused by supplements if the body can't digest them properly in the quantities they are provided.
"If so, what is the mechanism? (Does it draw water into the colon to dilute the minerals or food, drawing water out of the cells or something?)"
Water gets into the colon as it tries to absorb the nutrients. Grains or dehydrated foods do this because the food itself is lacking water. These foods will 'grow' in your colon and they'll get digested. Your body will try to reabsorb the water but he often can't because it'd take too much time. You can easily avoid this by soaking foods in water for a few hours (depending on the type of food).
Food allergies like lactose intolerance dehydrate you because the body tries to absorb the food but it can't, because it lacks the enzymes or whatever to do this. By excreting water into your bowel the body tries to make the surface of the food bigger so that the enzymes/bacteria/whatever (the body doesn't know that he doesn't have them) have it easier to digest the food.
I hope that'll help you.
on April 13, 2013
at 10:34 PM
Any food labelled as a diuretic will stimulate the kidneys and produce urine, thus reducing your body's water content. So pineapple, cranberry, and asparagus all fall into that category. I wouldn't say they dehydrate you, but rather they are useful for reducing water retention.
on April 03, 2013
at 04:14 PM
Caffeine is considered a diuretic, so it can cause some dehydration for the increase in urine production. I'm not sure about other foods, since most foods that cause dehydration are often laden with salt, nor am I aware of any minerals that cause dehydration but that's not to say there aren't any.