You carry a bottle of water everywhere you go and try thinking the recommended two-two and a half litres per day just because you have read that in another women’s magazine? There is no doubt that water is a “beautification” means, but when you add your morning and afternoon coffee and your juice at lunch to your account, do you really need so many drinks per day?
Some experts helped us dethrone a couple of myths about drinking water.
Myth number one: “Other drinks do not count”
What is the truth about that? Many people really believe that drinks that contain caffeine makes us run to the toilet often, and this way we lose more water than we have actually taken.
However, recent research shows that drinks that contain caffeine have to be included in the amount of fluids we drink per day. Ron Maughan, who is a sports nutritionists said that you actually must drink between eight and ten cups of coffee a day in order to lose water. The moderate intake of fluids can compensate your “trips” to the bathroom.
Myth number two: “We must all take the same amount of fluids per day”
What is the truth about that? Some nutritionists say that we must drink at least two litres of water per day but that amount does not apply to all people.
The amount of water you should drink depends on your activity during the day, on your metabolism, on your age and even on your gender. Pay attention on the colour of your urine in order to see if you drink enough water. If it is light yellow, everything is all right, but if it is darker, then you should definitely take more fluids during the day.
Myth number three: “You need to drink water to avoid dehydration”
What is the truth about that? Your food actually provides your body with fluids that may exceed your needs with three to four glasses of water per day.
The cereal mixed with some milk as well as some of your other meals during the day will provide you with enough water. Try to increase your intake of foods rich of water such as apples, melons, oranges and green vegetables.
Myth number four: “If you feel your mouth dry, then you are dehydrated”
What is the truth about that? People often say that if you are really thirsty, then you are dehydrated.
However, the truth is that thirst is the way your body tells you that you have lost only 1% of the water in your body. Headache, fatigue and lack of concentration are some of the other signs of dehydration. And you must have in mind that the dangerous effects of dehydration appear only when you lose at least 5% of the water in your body. And this usually happen when you haven’t eaten or haven’t drunk anything for days.
Myth number five: “You should drink large amounts of water in order to improve the way your dry skin looks”
What is the truth about that? Some dermatologists say that if you don’t drink enough water, your skin will become dry and will lose its elasticity.
However, this applies only in the cases when you are really dehydrated. There is a simple test in you can do in order to find out if your skin is dehydrated. Pinch the skin of your wrist, hold it for a few seconds and then let it go. Your skin should immediately go back to its place. If it doesn’t, then you are dehydrated.
Myth number six: “You should drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout”
What is the truth about that? Experts actually say that it is not necessary to drink any water while doing your exercise.
Make sure you check your weight before and after your workout. Losing a kilo usually means that you have lost some water and you must restore it immediately.
Myth number seven: “Water is always useful”
What is the truth about that? No matter what people say, there are some extraordinary cases of water intoxication. If we have to put that in other words, the more water you drink, the more salt you lose.
This may lead to some mental confusion, seizures, coma and even death. However, this medical condition occurs if you drink more than a litre and a half per hour.
AuthorBio: Connie is a freelance guest blogger and also running a cleaning agency – Home Cleaning Group. Her interests include health, eco and entertainment.