Busting Dehydration Myths-Have A Look!
Water has an important role to play in each and every biological process in the body. It can be called a life and death nutrient and most of us take for granted. We feel that we know a lot about hydration and that is where we commit mistakes. There are a lot of myths regarding dehydration and water. Let us delve in deeper.
Myth No. 1: Dehydration is quite rare and occurs only when one’s body is deprived of water for a long period (days).
The truth: Low grade dehydration is a chronic and widespread problem. Most people suffer from it due to poor eating and drinking habits. You can suffer from digestive disorders due to chronic dehydration as our bodies require water to produce digestive juices that aid the process of digestion. Lack of water can lead to gas, bloating, poor digestion, nausea, and loss of appetite. If you don’t focus of hydration, it is most probable that you would get dehydrated and this can affect your energy, immunity and vitality. Try drinking more water throughout the day.
Myth No. 2: You need 8 glasses of water daily
The truth: Yes, your body does need a steady water supply to function properly. However, there is no scientific backing to the ‘8 glasses of water a day’ rule. The Institute of Medicine says that men need 3.7 ltrs of water in a day and women need 2.7 ltrs. But that is for total water intake, which includes beverages, fruits and veggies that contain water such as watermelon and cucumbers.
When in doubt, it is a good idea to drink a little more water. However, it doesn’t mean that if you don’t drink eight glasses of water a day, you are going get into trouble. The less veggies, fruits you eat, and the more dried and processed food you include in your diet, the more water you need to compensate for it.
Myth No. 3: When talking about hydration, all beverages can be counted.
The truth: That is not true! Beverages like coffee, soda and alcoholic drinks actually dehydrate the body. The presence of caffeine in coffee, soft drinks and black tea can adversely affect the water stores in the body as it is a diuretic which means that it increases your washroom visits. Moderate consumption of tea and coffee is fine but when you want to hydrate yourself just stick to water.
Myth 4: You are already dehydrated by the time you are thirsty
The truth: When the water level in the body drops, the blood starts getting thicker. When the solids concentration in the blood rises by 2%, the thirst mechanism gets triggered. A 1% rise in blood solids is called mild dehydration. Anyway, thirst is a good indicator of the fact that you need water for your body. But don’t wait till you are thirsty. Drink water first thing in the morning and have a few more glasses throughout the day. Don’t forget to hydrate yourself in hot weather or during a strenuous exercise.
Myth No. 5: Hydration is all about water
The truth: No. To keep water where it needs to be, you need a delicate balance of electrolytes, minerals and essential fatty acids. In spite of drinking lots of water, you can be dehydrated at the cellular level. Minerals transport water to cells where enzymes get activated. Enzymes are the foundation of the biological processes in the body. Without minerals the enzymes don’t work. Without essential fatty acids that form the cell membranes, the cells will not be able to absorb and hold water and the other nutrients they should contain.
Consume foods that contain minerals such as fruits, veggies, seeds and nuts. For the fatty acids consume walnuts and flax seeds.
Myth No. 6: Healthy urine is supposed to be clear
The truth: The yellow tint of urine is a measure of how many solid particles namely, sodium, nitrogen, chloride, and potassium, are excreted. When you drink less water the urine is darker. Drinking more water results in light coloured urine. If your urine is dark it means that you should drink more water. Certain multivitamins can also turn your urine bright yellow in colour.
If your urine is cloudy, foul smelling or dark, try increasing your water intake and if you don’t see a change, consult the doctor.
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