We all know how important water is to our bodies. After all, from the time we’re children we are warned to “stay hydrated!” and “drink at least eight glasses of water a day!” But do we really know everything we should about dehydration? Here are five common myths about dehydration that might have you rethinking the things you thought you knew for sure:
5. Dehydration Rarely Happens
Many people believe that dehydration is a condition that occurs only when you’re severely behind on your water intake, and that it is not something most people need to worry about on a daily basis.
However, the truth is that low-grade dehydration is extremely common, and can occur over the course of a day if you don’t make it a point to stay hydrated.
4. Dehydration Puts You in the Hospital
Not always so. As a matter of fact, not often so. Hospitalization is only necessary in the most extreme cases. Most people who suffer from dehydration don’t even realize it. As previously mentioned, chronic low-grade dehydration is fairly commonplace.
This type of rampant dehydration is responsible for a number of common problems, including low energy, bloating, and ill appearance – all which can easily be mistaken for other health issues, or even just accepted as “that’s just the way I am.”
3. The Eight, Eight-Ounce Glasses a Day Rule
How many times have you heard this one? Fortunately, it’s not necessary to keep a running total of exactly how many glasses of water you take in a day.
That’s because the sixty-four ounces of recommended water intake applies to every form of water you take in. If you eat a watermelon or a bowl of soup, then you are consuming water indirectly, and that counts.
2. All Beverages Count as “Water”
Don’t make the mistake of assuming that your morning cup of Joe and lunchtime fountain drink count toward your water intake. As a matter of fact, the opposite is true.
Caffeinated, sugary, and soda drinks actually require that your body use its water store to process the chemicals in them, meaning they equate to negative water and can dehydrate you if you’re not careful.
1. Hydrating is All About Water
Sure, it’s a necessity that you drink enough water. However, your body must also be able to absorb that water on a cellular level, and that requires helpers. If you don’t take in enough minerals and fatty acids, your body will not properly hydrate, no matter how much water you drink.
Here you have it: five common myths about dehydration. How much did you know? Is it time to change some habits?
Rob Schoewe from AssociationPhlebotomyTraining.com, contributed to this story!