Water is the most essential part of our lives. Every living being must consume a certain amount of water every day for basic bodily functions and to maintain optimal health. Plumbing and public drinking water utilities have been a part of our society for centuries, so it’s only logical that some misconceptions about drinking water would blossom in a fast-paced culture that values information.
However, if you believe the most common water myths you may be inadvertently putting yourself at risk to be chronically dehydrated. Even if this is not the case, busting these myths will give you a more accurate understanding of the role drinking water plays in your life.
There is no one-size-fits-all standard for the amount of water you should drink every day. The common advice of drinking eight glasses of water per day could be too little or too much based on many factors including your weight and amount of exercise. Use our hydration calculator to get a more accurate number, and to be safe consult your primary care doctor.
Contrary to popular belief, you can overhydrate, especially if you’re a first-time or beginner runner. Drinking too much water can lower the amount of sodium in your body. This can cause you to pass out or become confused, and in extreme cases can cause death.
You should drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated, even if you don’t exercise regularly. You may believe drinking tea or soda throughout the day is enough to stave off dehydration, but skipping the water can lead to mild dehydration and unwanted side effects, like stinky breath and crankiness.
One water fact that isn’t a myth: installing a water filter in your home provides safer, cleaner, more refreshing water. Stay hydrated throughout the day.