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Myths and Facts about Drinking Water

Ariel September 25, 2014

Healthy Water

Life giving water

Although our bodies are made up of 70% of water, we still need a lot liquid intake daily to function properly and without any issues. Drinking water should be a piece of cake, right? Well you might think that, but even though there is water all around us, only a small percentage is clean and drinkable.

We can also see a lot of people carrying water bottles with them, but this does not mean that they are drinking good clean water; in today’s marketing web we should be careful what we are really drinking. The next few myths about water will surely clarify a few issues we think we might have.

Myth 1: 8 glasses of water every day

It is believed that for a healthy body, eight glasses of water is required to be drunk daily, but this is not quite true. Depending on body size, diet, and your unique body chemistry, the number of glasses of water you should drink varies accordingly. The rule of thumb is to drink whenever you feel thirsty, but do not overdo it, drink just enough to quench your thirst.

Myth 2: Drink only when you are thirsty

Although many believe that it is necessary to only drink when you are thirsty, this is not completely true. Your body loses liquids faster than it can signal your brain to get more, so before you head out to do some heavy lifting in the gym; it is always a good idea to hydrate yourself before your body starts crying for the much needed water.

Moreover, remember that it takes around 60 minutes for water to travel from your stomach to the other parts of your body.

Myth 3: A glass of water before a meal helps lose weight

Many weight loss programs will encourage you to drink a tall glass of water before a meal as it should help you lose weight faster, but you should remember that water does not bind food and it will not help you feel fuller or make you lose weight. It might mask your hunger for a short period of time, but the only effect you will achieve is running to the toilet more.

Instead, it is better to eat food that contains a lot hydration to satisfy both your hunger and your thirst needs. This way you will be neither hungry nor thirsty, and if you keep eating healthy, the extra weight will just fly away on its own.

Myth 4: Bottled water is better than tap water

Unless you have a dire need to drink bottled water, it is better to stick to the water that comes out of your taps. And if you notice that your tap water is changing color, it is high time to ring the plumbers.

However, tap water is far richer with vitamins and minerals, and the city grid water is actually healthier than any bottled water you can buy at a store. Most bottled water is just boiled water and with all the helpful nutrition removed.

Avoid buying distilled and purified bottled water as they tend to be the worst for your body. Instead look for brands which are not as popular.

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