6 myths about staying hydrated

Water performs as one of the most vital functions – it transports nutrients to the cells in our body and takes waste away from them. Every metabolic process in our body needs water. It has been suggested through various studies that humans can stay 3 weeks without food but cannot survive more than 3 days without water. But as of today, there is too much information floating regarding  guidelines for water consumption. How much water is really adequate? Which of the guidelines are myths and which are actual valid ones?

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Myth 1: You can’t drink too much Fact: It is definitely possible to drink too much water. And it’s not a good thing. Medical experts say too much water can cause symptomatic hyponatremia, a condition where the sodium levels in the blood become dangerously low. The best way to prevent hyponatremia is to listen to your thirst and not keep glugging water more than is necessary.

Myth 2: Drink lots of water to “detox” Fact: There is no proven evidence that drinking lots of water can aid in detoxification. People with a history of kidney stones can drink more water (if advised by their physician) but otherwise, for the normal cases, it is not required at all to consume excess water.

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Myth 3: You must drink eight glasses of water a day to stay hydratedFact: This supposedly good health tip has been shared right from the days of our grandparents but there is no conclusive scientific evidence that this really helps us stay hydrated. The “Eight glasses of water per day” is to be looked upon a rule of thumb, not as an absolute minimum.

Myth 4: Staying hydrated eliminates your risk of heart stroke. Fact: Dehydration can make you more prone to heart stroke which is a life-threatening condition wherein your body temperature increases to 104 degrees and above. But, inadequate water consumption is not the only factor that can cause it. Other elements such as body size, age, fitness level, humidity, and air temperature can affect chances of getting a heart stroke. It is a good call to stay hydrated to minimize the risk, but at the same time pay attention to the other factors too.

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Myth 5. Cold Water Cools You Down Fact: Again, there are conflicting reports on this – whether drinking cold water in hot weather actually cools down the body. Some reports support this while others do not. So, there is no conclusive evidence proving its veracity.

Myth 6: Only water can keep you hydrated Fact: Water is not the only means through which you can hydrate. Juices, sports drinks like Gatorade, Powerade, and water enhanced with electrolytes can help too. When buying a sports drink, read the label to see if it is best for you. Ideally, it should provide around 14 grams of carbohydrates, 28 mg of potassium, and 100 mg of sodium per 230 milliliters.

The drink’s carbohydrates should come from glucose, sucrose, and/or fructose. Avoid carbonated drinks though. Besides these, new research and studies have proven that even tea and coffee can hydrate. So water is not the only source of hydration. Remember, it’s important to stay hydrated, especially so in the summer months. Just  don’t go by the myths!

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