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Top 10 Water Myths - Here's what you need to know!

From drinking water to help you lose weight to curing dehydration, here is what you need to know.

Approximately 60% of the body is made up of water, yet despite the chemical solution making up more than half of our body composition, we know very little about it.

Besides, what can you tell me about water? Aside from the fact we drink it, it’s found in the ocean, and it makes for a cool water feature? 

Water is more complicated than we think, and it’s involved in many processes in the body and in nature. So, in this article, we will tackle ten of the top water myths, helping you better understand the all-important chemical substance we consume daily.

Ten Myths About Water

As previously mentioned, there are many myths surrounding water, mainly related to its consumption, which you guessed it: many of us don’t do enough of.

Here are our Top 10 Water Myths that we want to debunk:

  1. Bottled water is safer than tap water (in most cases).
  2. Thirst does not equal hydration or dehydration.
  3. You can only get water and liquid from drinks.
  4. You should drink eight glasses of water a day.
  5. Coffee dehydrates you.
  6. Dehydration can be cured with a glass or two of water.
  7. Drinking water helps you lose weight.
  8. Sports drinks are essential.
  9. Plastic water bottles should be re-used.
  10. Sparkling water aids digestion.

Keep reading to find out more about each myth and hopefully, we will help you better understand water. 

Bottled water is safer than tap water

There is little to no evidence that claims bottled water to be safer than tap water. Often, bottled water is bottled at the source and then filtered for purity.

If you also use a filter at home, then there is virtually no difference in the water you’re drinking.

Thirst does not equal hydration or dehydration 

Contrary to popular belief, thirst does not always equal dehydration. 

Instead, thirst is a sign that the substances in your blood have risen by approximately 2% or more.

While it may be a warning sign that you should be drinking more water, it doesn’t always mean you’re dehydrated.

You can only get water and liquid from drinks

Yep, that’s right. This one is a common myth - you can also get water from food, especially fruits such as watermelon, strawberries, pineapples, and oranges.

You should drink eight glasses of water per day

Although a good general rule to follow, your daily water requirements are individual-based. For example, if you live in a hot climate, exercise regularly, or sweat a lot, then you likely need to consume more than eight glasses.

Coffee dehydrates you 

Caffeinated beverages, including coffee, do not dehydrate you, despite popular beliefs.

Although it produces a mild diuretic effect, drinking coffee is better than drinking no liquids. But you should still be drinking plenty of water, so don’t use it as an excuse!

Dehydration can be cured with a glass or two of water

If you’re already dehydrated, a glass of water or two will likely not cure your loss of fluids - you’ll likely need an IV.

Drinking water helps you lose weight

Drinking water directly does not help you lose weight. Instead, it may help you feel more full, meaning you’re likely to eat less, which may result in weight loss.

Sports drinks are essential

Although sports drinks are great for a pick-me-up following exercise, they are certainly not essential.

Often, these drinks are packed full of added sugars and calories, which can be detrimental if consumed regularly.

Instead, you can create your own sports drink with a solution of diluted Ribena or other cordial solution, containing less sugar and added additives. 

Plastic water bottles should be re-used

While re-using your plastic water bottle may be good for the environment, it’s not as good for you as you may have thought. 

If not properly washed, plastic water bottles can harbor bacteria, causing you to become sick, perhaps leading to an infection.

Sparkling water aids digestion 

Finally, sparkling water is thought to improve digestion. However, there is little to no evidence to support these claims.

Despite this, there are no downsides to indulging in a bottle from time to time, so if you think it works for you, keep it going and get those necessary fluids in!

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