By now, we all know that drinking water can do wonders for the entire body, but do you know what that exactly means? And how much of it do you consume anyway? Is there such a thing as drinking too much water? Here are some of the fast facts about water and some water myth busters too.Read on and learn how you can get the most out this wondrous liquid.
1. Myth: Everybody needs to drink 8-12 oz of water each day.
The golden rule to drinking water is to consume about half of your entire body weight measured in ounces. How do you compute this? Meaning, if you weigh 150 pounds, you divide that by 2, thereby giving you 75 oz. And with about 8 ounces in a cup,
you’ll need to down about 9.3 cups of water each day. The heavier a person weighs, the more water they need to drink, and vice versa for persons who weigh less. To keep close track of your water intake, you may want to buy a large bottle that can hold
an equal or close to the amount of water that you need to consume on an everyday basis.
2. Fact: Those who regularly drink coffee need more water to stay hydrated.
Caffeine tends to dehydrate you, ergo, the more coffee you consume, the more water you need to drink in order to replenish your body supply. If coffee or soda drinking has already become a habit, experts recommend adding about 1.5 cups of water to your daily water consumption for every cup of caffeinated beverage you intake.
3. Myth: Drinking water can help expel toxins out of your skin.
Can water wash out impurities off your body (including clogged pores) from the inside-out? Not really. You drink water because it’s good for your body but it won’t eliminate toxins out of your skin like a lot of people would like to think. However, water is essential to maintaining good health, and the health of your very own epidermis.
4. Fact: Drinking water is best served at just room temperature.
The body’s pores usually tighten when it gets in contact with something cold, and just like those pores; the body’s internal organs tend to react the same. Health experts suggest drinking water at room temperature and maybe add a pinch of salt for faster absorption rates.
5. Myth: Frequent urinating is a sign of good hydration
The idea of the “gallon challenge” may be trendy but not that beneficial in the way that we all really hoped for. If you’ll be drinking a gallon of water each day, you might end up getting more dehydrated than when you started the challenge. Drinking too much is not going to be that great since you will just be peeing it all out and it’s not going to get utilized by your body. There are certain reasons as to why you should not “over drink”. When you drink water in lots of excess, you are in a sense, diluting the minerals in your system which needs water for trans
port to other parts of your body via your bloodstream. And if you drink too much, you’re just going to flush all those things away. It is important to drink enough water, but not too much.
6. Fact: The body’s rehydration is a gradual process
If you are suffering from dehydration due to lack of water, then downing a full litre or so is not going to be the quick fix that you’re hoping for. The organs, cartilages and joints of the body need constant moisture in order to start working properly. If you
have not been routinely drinking water and absorbing it, you will not be getting its full benefits, especially if you over drink. It’s better to drink small amounts of water over a period of time.