High Protein Diets and Dehydration

Can high-protein diets cause dangerous dehydration? Nutrition Diva explains

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS
1-minute read

Quick Tip: High Protein Diets Can Cause Dehydration

Contrary to what you may have read, high-protein diets are not hard on your kidneys—assuming your kidneys are healthy in the first place. But they can be dehydrating. (It’s not the same thing.) As a rule of thumb, concentrated urine is a sign that you might need to drink more water. If you increase your protein intake, increase your fluid intake as well to prevent dehydration. Remember that fruits, vegetables, soups, and dairy products are also good sources of water.

For more on protein, see How Much Protein Should You Eat?
For more on dehydration, see How Much Water Should I Drink?

About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show.