Myths About Water Consumption
Dec 14, 2017
With so much health related information being available on the internet, you never know what is true. That is why we bring you four myths about drinking water, and what the actual truth is.
You need to drink 8 glasses of water a day
Actually, studies show that the amount of water your body needs depends on multiple factors such as:
Health issues: Some health issues such as diarrhoea, vomiting, and urinary tract stones require you to drink more water. This is due to the loss of fluids within the body.
Weather: People in hotter climate zones need more water than those in cooler regions. This is because they sweat more, leading to water loss. Also, water is a natural cooler. So, drinking water helps to reduce your body temperature while your environment may be hot.
Bottled water is the safest form of water.
Plastic bottles contain chemicals which diffuse into your water. These chemicals could be harmful for your body. Also, it takes thousands of years for a plastic bottle to degrade. Hence, the use of plastic bottles is not safe for you or the environment. On the other hand, steel and glass bottles do not release any chemicals into your water, and can be easily reused and recycled. Hence, only water in steel and glass bottles is safe.
Bottled water with added electrolytes are good for you.
Bottled water with added electrolytes is good for you only if you are doing long and intense workouts. This is because intense workouts lead to a lot of sweating. The sweat that you lose contains electrolytes that are important for your body. Hence, bottled water with electrolytes help replenish the body. But, a person who does not have these workouts in their daily routine does not require such water.
You need to drink a lot of water, or you will get dehydrated.
Food itself provides you with about 20 percent of the water you need on a daily basis. So, if you are consuming hydrated produce such as watermelon over dry snacks like crackers, you are, in fact hydrating yourself. These small snacks along with drinking water when you are thirsty is enough for you to maintain a healthy water level in your body.
How many of these myths did you believe to be true?
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