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Facts About Drinking Water
Did you know that approximately 80% of a person’s body weight is made up of water? Since it plays such an integral role in the functioning of the body, we figured we’d separate fact from fiction once and for all.
1- Everyone Needs to Drink Eight Glasses of Water a Day.
Although water is the easiest and most available fluid to keep yourself hydrated, the latest research from the institute of medicine suggests that women should aim to drink around 2 liters (8 glasses) a day and that men should aim for 3 liters (12 glasses) a day of any fluid, which includes but is not confined to water. Georgia Chavent, MS, RD, director of the Nutrition and Diabetics program at the University of New Haven, comments: “No one can figure out where this ‘eight glasses of water’ came from, but I believe it came from the old RDA [recommended daily allowance] for water that matched water requirements to calorie requirements. The new requirement from the Institute of Medicine is much more generous and includes recommendations for total beverage consumption, not just water.”
2- Drinking Water Flushes Toxins from your Body.
Water doesn’t exactly neutralize toxins as such, but the kidneys do use it to discard certain waste products. Without the right amount of fluid, the kidneys cannot properly perform this function. The body is required to release certain toxins, and without proper hydration it cannot do so, meaning that metabolic and other wastes are being kept inside the body.
3- Drinking Water can Help Keep your Skin Moist.
It is a common misconception that keeping the body hydrated leads to youthful, glowing skin. The amount of water you drink appears to have very little to do with what your skin looks like. According to Hans-Fischl, “Unless the individual is severely dehydrated, drinking large quantities of water will not prevent dry skin. The moisture level of skin is not determined by internal factors. Instead, external factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, the number of oil glands, and the functioning of these oil-producing glands determine how dry the skin is or will become. The water that is consumed internally will not reach the epidermis [the top layer of the skin].”
4-Drinkin Water Helps you Lose Weight.
Drinking water can aid the process of weight-loss, although it won’t specifically trigger it. Calorie-filled beverages in your diet can be replaced by water, reducing your calorie intake significantly. Water also makes you feel fuller, which can help you keep your appetite in check. Water may even contribute towards increasing your metabolism. “Researchers in Germany found that subjects of the study increased their metabolic rates [or the rate at which calories are burned] by 30 percent after drinking approximately 17 ounces of water,” says nutritionist Tanya Zuckerbrot. Additionally, scientists are looking into the possibility of cold water increasing your metabolism.
5- Yellow Urine is a Sign of Dehydration.
If can be a symptom of dehydration, but this is not always the case. “Dark yellow urine may be a sign of dehydration,” says Zuckerbrot. “The kidneys filter waste products and reabsorb water and other useful substances from the blood, so they control the volume and concentration of urine output. Dehydration leads to increased urine concentration, turning your urine dark yellow. Ideally, your urine should be straw yellow in color.” Yellow urine could be caused by many factors other than dehydration. For example, it could be a side-effect of taking multivitamins.
6- If you’re Thirsty, you are Already Dehydrated.
Let’s just start by saying that if you’re thirsty, go grab some water! That being said, thirst doesn’t necessarily mean you’re thirsty, go grab some water! That being said, thirst doesn’t necessarily mean you’re already dehydrated. “Thirst begins when the concentration of [substances in the] blood has risen by less than 2 percent, whereas most experts would define dehydration as beginning when that concentration has risen by at least 5 percent,” notes Hess-Fischl.
7- You need Sports Drinks, Not Water, to Function at a High Level in Athletics.
While it is a fact that sports drinks have fancier ad campaigns, it’s a myth that you need them water to perform athletics at your optimum level. “Adequate fluid, especially water, is most important for athletes of all ages as it is the single most important way the body has to transport nutrients and energy and remove heat during exercise,” says Chavent. “A sports or vitamin beverage may taste better, but is not necessary for hydration and is expensive.” Bear in mind, however, that athlete who run marathons or participate in highly strenuous or participate in highly strenuous sports are losing a large amount of their natural body salts due to sweating. In this case, they may need to substitute water with sports drinks so that they can maintain their salt levels. For normal gym-goers, however, water does the trick just fine.
8- It’s Possible to Drink too Much Water.
Drinking an excess of water can create complications with certain health conditions. “People with some heart conditions, high blood pressure, or swelling of the lower legs [edema] need to avoid excess water,” says Hess-Fischl. “If you have a history of kidney problems, especially if you have had a transplant, consult your doctor before increasing your fluid intake.” He also adds that drinking water while eating can dilute your stomach and lead to digestion problems.
9- You Should not Reuse Plastic Water Bottles.
Filling and re-filling plastic water bottles does have risks associated with it. “These bottles leach chemicals into your water after multiple uses.” Hess-Fischl explains. “The bottle, if not properly cleaned, may also harbor bacteria from your mouth.”
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