9 Foods That Are Secretly Dehydrating You

Staying properly hydrated is a life hack to being healthy. It's essential to your mind, body, and spirit in so many ways. Plus, summer is about to be in full swing, which means you need to keep your hydration levels up to par to deal with the unforgiving heat. Many blame dehydration on not guzzling enough water, when it actually could be caused by the foods you're eating. Studies show that over 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. That's an overwhelming amount of the U.S. population. Up to 60% of the adult body is water, so without hydration, our bodies won't be able to function properly.

We called on the experts to break down the foods that dehydrate us the most. Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, founder and director of Real Nutrition NYC, along with Jonathan Valdez, registered dietitian and owner of Genki Nutrition, share the foods that might be making you parched below.

"Keeping hydrated and drinking water is vital for the body. It gets rid of waste through the kidneys and sweat and bowel movements. It helps regulate your body temperature, lubricates joints, and protects tissues. You might be surprised to hear that salt isn't the only thing to look out for. "Foods that are very high in sodium are going to be dehydrating to the body," confirms Valdez. "It contains solutes, and once entered in the bloodstream, it will decrease the amount of volume of water. In the case of sodium, it will attach itself to sodium. The kidney will then discreet less water sending a signal to the brain to drink more water." Sugar, salt, and sodium-heavy foods may be throwing a wrench into your hydration equation. According to nutritionists, the below foods and beverages contain the most.