The truth about water can be hard to find.
Debunking the two of the top two myths about water. The truth is water is one of the most important aspects necessary for survival. As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, up to 60% of the human body is made up of water. It has many purposes that aid various bodily functions, like regulating body temperature, making saliva, and stabilizing your mood.
However, there are a lot of myths circulating the internet revolving around water, how much you should drink daily, etc. How can anyone tell what’s real and what’s not? Well, that’s where I come in! Today I’m here to debunk two myths about water. Let’s begin:
Myth Number One: Everyone Must Drink Eight Glasses of Water Per Day.
I know you’ve heard of this one. It’s probably the most common misconception about water to date. According to Aaron E. Carroll of the New York Times, the source of this myth is said to have originated from a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board Recommendation that stated people need about two and a half liters of water per day to avoid dehydration. However, many people ignored the following sentence that stated most of this quantity came in the form of prepared foods.
Yes, that’s right. A big portion of an individual’s water consumption comes from fruits and vegetables. Think about it. Watermelon is made up of 92% of water. Cucumbers consist of 95% percent of water. Even drinks like iced tea and coffee contain large amounts of water. If you are an avid coffee drinker when you consume upwards 500mg of caffeine about two large DD coffees a day it will act as a diuretic. While the best way to get your recommended daily intake of water is certainly in its plain form, it’s not the only way you can succeed in reaching that amount.
The Truth about how much Water?
So how much water is necessary to stay properly hydrated? The truth about water is, it varies. Things like age, weight, gender, or medical issues all contribute to how much water you should be drinking. In my humble opinion urine is a good gauge of our hydration levels. If your urine is bright yellow, mustard color or contains a smell you need to drink more water. If it is clear dial it back a glass or two. There is such a thing as over watering a human body just like plants. Another rule of thumb is if you are thirsty you most likely little dehydrated. I suggest drinking water throughout your day rather than all at the same time. Bonus, you will need to use the bathroom more often for extra steps. For the most accurate answer, check in with your personal trainer, dietitian, or primary care physician.
Myth Number Two: Drinking Detox Special Water Will Detoxify Your Body.
First things first: What is detox water? In short, detox water is water infused with fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Many people believe that these add-ons will provide additional health benefits, like detoxifying your body. While these flavors will certainly make the consumption of water more bearable for those who have a hard time drinking it, it’s important to know the facts about detox water.
There are many buzzwords that companies will use to help encourage people to buy their diet and weight loss products. “Detox” is one of them. According to this article that was medically reviewed by Helen West, RD, detox products often claim to facilitate health by eliminating toxins from the body and aiding in weight loss.
The Truth about Detox Water?
However, “detox” is such a vague term that doesn’t provide any credibility to how this process occurs within the body. Additionally, water alone flushes bodily waste through that urinary system. Overall, the truth about water is that it has many benefits, like aiding in digestion and boosting immune function. However, the fancy ingredients added to make detox water aren’t scientifically proven to have any significant health benefits.
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Written by Lois Manzella-Marchitto