LIFESTYLE Busting myths about the need for hydration to ensure health
Do you need to drink eight glasses of water a day to avoid getting dehydrated or is it really true that one can’t get dehydrated in winter? Well, think again, as there are some myths that Sodastream, the drinksmaker device, has dispelled about the human body, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Myth: Everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day.
Although it’s good to drink a lot of water, the truth is not everyone requires eight glasses a day to maintain adequate hydration.
The amount of fluids each person needs varies and is based on activity-level, gender and body size.
Other sources of fluids that contribute to hydration include carbonated drinks, juice, milk, coffee, tea, fruits, vegetables and other foods with high water content.
Myth: Only water really hydrates you.
Not true. Many beverages with high water content contribute to the body’s hydration status, including carbonated soft drinks, juices, tea and even coffee to a certain extent. In addition, 20 per cent of hydration regularly comes from the food you eat.
Myth: You can’t really get dehydrated in winter.
Not true. Both heat and air-conditioning lower indoor humidity which means the humidity from our skin and breath is lost to the dry air thereby creating a dehydrating effect on the body. Chapped lips, dry eyes and irritated skin are all telltale signs of dehydration. So, whether working indoors or engaged in outdoor winter sports, be sure to drink plenty of water in the wintertime too to avoid the effects of dehydration.
Myth: Thirst is a good indicator that I need to drink.
Many people can use thirst as an indicator to rehydrate, but that may not always be reliable.
But as many of us know, thirst signals are easily ignored when it’s inconvenient to drink, and we do this regularly, so it’s tough to rely on thirst as a signal to drink. In addition, physical activity, high temperatures, stress and fatigue may increase water loss making it necessary to consume more than you usually need.