My health is important to me, but so is my coffee. If you’re like me, then you’re going to love this article. In any discussion regarding the health factors of coffee or caffeine, we should be asking three questions, “Is decaf coffee a diuretic”, or “Is coffee a diuretic”, or “Is caffeine a diuretic”?
Coffee The Miracle Drink
Today, we’re going to answer all three of those questions. Considering a majority of the health issues surrounding the subject of coffee, few consumables have been studied more thoroughly and extensively as coffee. Why? Because coffee is the number two traded commodity in the world, right behind oil. Obviously, that means as a species, we drink a lot of coffee.
Most studies over the past 30 years have consistently shown that the health benefits of coffee, either caffeinated or decaffeinated, dramatically outweigh any health disadvantages. Why is that, you may ask? It’s because coffee beans and thus brewed coffee contain high concentrations of:
- Riboflavin (B-2)
- Niacin (B-3)
What Does Diuretic Mean?
No one argues that above benefits. But there is one misconception and concern that coffee is a diuretic. A vast majority of studies have consistently shown that coffee drinkers who drink within moderation are better hydrated than non-coffee drinkers. Thus, within moderation, coffee is not a diuretic.
Diuretic simply means that your kidneys are producing more urine than they should. For example when drinking 8 ounces of water, your kidneys will produce roughly 8 ounces of urine. The same is true of moderate coffee drinkers. Consume 8 ounces of coffee and your kidneys will produce roughly 8 ounces of urine; pretty much the same as water. Therefore, within moderation, coffee is not a diuretic.
Examples of Diuretic Foods and Drinks
Diuretic foods and drinks encourage the kidneys to produce more urine than it should for the amount of hydration being taken in. Examples of diuretic foods and drinks include:
Is Coffee A Diuretic?
Talking about moderation, let’s talk about how much coffee is good for you and thus adding fluids to your system and how much coffee is too much, thus depleting your body of water.
Studies have consistently shown that coffee drinkers that keep their intake of caffeine under 300 milligrams (mg) a day, then the caffeine and thus coffee are not a diuretic. Keep in mind that the average cup of coffee contains between 70-140 mg of caffeine.
So, how much coffee is that? Well if you’re drinking dark roast, then an 8-ounce cup of coffee would contain about 70 mg. On the other hand if you’re drinking medium roast, then you’re looking at more like 140 mg. If you’re drinking white roast, then you’re looking at about 200 mg. Since I love smooth coffee, I make sure that Lake City Coffee is never burnt. Therefore, my coffee tends to be a little bit more caffeinated than most.
Is Caffeine a Diuretic?
Obviously, you just noticed that the darker the roast, the less the caffeine. I’ll also add that the darker the roast the less riboflavin (B-2), niacin (B-3), magnesium, potassium, bioflavonoids, antioxidants, caffeine, and flavor.
Basically what I’m saying is that you can drink about 4 (8-ounce) cups of regular coffee and actually be improving your hydration. More than that and coffee now becomes a diuretic.
Is Decaf Coffee A Diuretic?
Decaf coffee contains less then 10 mg of caffeine per cup. Therefore, you’d have to drink more than 20 cups a day for your decaf coffee to be diuretic. In essence, decaf coffee is not diuretic.
If you’re hell bent on drinking decaf coffee, then I highly recommend my Lake City Coffee Delectable Decaf coffee. Why? That’s because most decaf coffee is decaffeinated by using chemical solvents similar to formaldehyde. That’s why it tastes so bad.
The Best and Healthiest Decaf
On the other hand, our coffee is decaffeinated with the natural Swiss Water Processed. Additionally, most decaf coffee is way over roasted. I roast our decaf to make it almost indistinguishable from our regular Majestic Medium roasted coffee. This decaf coffee is to die for. In fact, we receive more decaf reviews on our decaf than all our other coffee’s put together.
This brings us to the point of discussing the second reason, mentioned above, of why coffee is healthy for you and helps to answer the questions:
- Is decaf coffee a diuretic?
- Is coffee a diuretic?
- Is caffeine a diuretic?
Heaven In A Cup
The single most important reason that coffee is so healthy for you can be summed up into one word, “Relaxation”. Here’s something that most people have never heard before.
Coffee was never intended as a stimulant to get you going in the morning. Oh, it’ll do that all right, but caffeine junkies generally will drink anything. They’re generally not really enjoying their coffee. That’s why they often drink so damn much of it.
Coffee was meant to be a comfort food, giving you that ahhh…. moment. One sip of that perfect cup of coffee gives you that relaxed feeling of contentment. It’s that one moment of the day that’s your time-out, your moment to indulge; your moment to let the worries of the world fade away, to just you and that wonderful cup of coffee.
I personally love, and crave great coffee. By great coffee, I mean coffee that’s smooth as silk (zero bitter flavor), where I can taste all the subtle flavors that God put into that beautiful bean. How do you find great coffee?
Know this, the best coffee in town is not at a restaurant or coffee shop. The best coffee in town is in your own kitchen. And here’s what you need to make the perfect cup of coffee.
- Single source beans (same plantation) from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica, who are widely known for their super smooth coffee.
- Fresh roasted with the roast date on the bag that’s less than a week old. All coffee starts going stale and bitter immediately. In less than 30 days, you can tell a big difference between the super smooth flavors of this week’s coffee compared to last month’s coffee. Unfortunately, a vast majority of coffee in the U.S. has been sitting in warehouses and on store shelves for months if not years. We roast and ship priority mail every Tuesday, guaranteeing delivery anywhere in the country in 1-3 days.
- Use a burr grinder to grind your beans right before brewing. (Click Here)
- Brewing techniques that are best for super smooth coffee include: Cold Brew, AeroPress, and French Press. All three methods cost less than $30. With all other brewing techniques, you might as well give up on smooth coffee. IMHO.
Is decaf coffee a diuretic? No. Is coffee a diuretic? No. Is caffeine a diuretic? No. If you’re looking for healthy coffee, then drink exceptional coffee, not the burn and bitter industrial coffee that you’ll find nearly everywhere.
My coffee is the smoothest coffee and the most flavorful, and certainly the freshest that you’re likely to find anywhere. No brag. Just fact. If you doubt that bold statement, then just check out our reviews here.