Myths about Water: Debunked

Myths about Water Debunked – A friendly reminder from your Doctor

1. You need to drink 64 oz of water a day – Research is now showing that this number does not fit everyone. You have to find the right amount of water for your body that lets you stay hydrated daily based on your lifestyle.

2. Juice/Soda/Tea/Caffeine can replace water – Yes and no. These do add to fluid intake for you during the day but can add a lot of empty calories or too much caffeine can actually dehydrate you. Water is still your best alternative.

3. I drink water when I am thirsty – If you are thirsty that is your body’s way of raising the alarm that you are close to dehydration. Try and drink water before you get thirsty.

4. Water will make me bloated with water weight – False. Drinking more water actually helps you shed excess water weight that can reduce water retention. Plus weight loss is aided by replacing empty calories in soda or other drinks with water.

5. Water can help skin – True. Water actually helps maintain skin’s elasticity for a more youthful appearance and helps prevent dry skin resulting in younger looking skin.

6. After a workout, water isn’t enough – Muscles rely on adequate supply of water to maintain electrolytes for appropriate muscle function. If you aren’t getting enough water, you could suffer muscle fatigue. So drink up.

7. Water cannot help with constipation – False Actually water is essential along with enough fiber to avoid constipation.

8. My child is drinking enough water – A recent Harvard University study found that half of all children and adolescents aren’t getting adequate hydration.

Tip: If you don’t like the taste of water, try adding some mint leaves/cucumber or lemon slices/frozen berries to give your water a refreshing and natural flavor.