When I was living in Colorado, everyone I saw was carrying a water bottle. It's a high-elevation state, so they take hydration SERIOUSLY. You better bet that Camelbacks were a necessity. But then I moved and drinking water left my routine.
As you all know, I'm back to keeping up with that routine by trying fun news ways to drink water, like add fruits and veggies! Another way I'm keeping motivated is reminding myself WHY it's important to drink water, and learning about the process.
Here are 7 myths I found and busted.
Myth 1: Coffee doesn't hydrate you.
Truth: This is a big one for me because I drink a lot of coffee in the morning. I promise it doesn't dehydrate you just because it makes you have to go to the bathroom. Actually, the diuretic effect does not offset hydration.
Myth 2: Drinking lots of water is a good way to "detox."
Truth: "There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean," saids Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, M.D professor of medicine in the Renal, Electrolyte, and Hypertension Division at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine.
Myth 3: You can never drink too much water
Truth: "If anything, drinking too much water can slightly impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood," Goldfarb also stated. That being said, it has to be a LOT.
Myth 4: Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated!
Truth: While you do want to drink water throughout the day, sometimes the best way to get water in your body is by EATING it. Fruits are an excellent source of water, and healthy sugars that your body needs.
Myth 5: Severe dehydration only happens to older people
Truth: It can happen to anyone that isn't drinking enough! It happens to me quiet often actually, which is a big reason why I am working on drinking more water throughout the day.
Myth 6: Clear pee is hydrated pee
Truth: This one actually shocked me the most! I've heard SO many people tell me to look at my pee to see if I'm drinking enough H2O. A healthy urinary hue can range from fully clear to a light, lemonade yellow. So it can be yellower then you think. Still, if your pee is really dark,-- that could be a sign of dehydration!
Myth 7: Thirst = Dehydration
Truth: Sometimes your body is good at telling you what it needs, sometimes it's not. Sometimes thirst means your body needs food and sugar (like after you've run for a long time). Sometimes you can go a whole day without being thirsty but your body really needs water!
Want to figure out how much water you SHOULD be drinking. Check out this link.