Debunked: Hydration Myths

People have some funny notions when it comes to drinking water. For such a basic and essential part of life, there is a lot of confusion out there. It is time to bust a few of the most common water myths out there, so you can stay hydrated and healthy.

You Need Eight Glasses of Water Every Day

Everyone has heard this advice, and most people have repeated at least once, but it isn’t true. Until 1945, there were no guidelines for the amount of water an adult should drink each day, and if you trust many researchers, drinking eight glasses of water is too much for all but the most active individuals. The best advice to stay hydrated is to drink water when you are thirsty.

Caffeinated Beverages Do Not Provide Hydration

Coffee and tea drinkers rejoice. Despite what you may have heard, the water content in caffeinated beverages still contributes to your overall water intake. You may have heard that drinking beverages such as tea or coffee can lead to dehydration, but researchers now disagree. Although consuming coffee or tea can have diuretic effects on your body, it does not eliminate the hydrating properties of these drinks.

You Can’t Drink Too Much Water

Water is good for you, you can’t drink too much, right? Nope! “Everything is best in moderation” is an old saying, and it applies to drinking water as well. There is actually a medical issue known as water intoxication or water poisoning which can have a serious effect on the way a person’s brain functions. Excessive water can lower the blood’s sodium levels and cause hyponatremia which results in the swelling of brain cells. To avoid water intoxication,  don’t drink more than 27 ounces of water per hour.

The Color of Your Pee Can Tell If You Are Dehydrated

You probably heard this old wives’ tale from a coach when you were a kid. Many people continue to believe that if their urine isn’t clear, it is a sign of not drinking enough water. True, the color of urine changes based on hydration level, but that is only one reason. Other causes may include a person’s diet or medications. People who take supplementary vitamin B will often notice a yellowish coloration of their pee regardless of their hydration level. If you are worried about the color of your urine, be safe and consult a doctor because it may indicate a serious medical problem.

To stay healthy, drinking pure, chemical-free water is critical. If you live in the Western Pennsylvania and Northern West Virginia areas, contact the water experts at Tyler Mountain. Tyler Mountain offers a selection of water options to suit your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for single-serve, a gallon or multi-gallon water bottles, Tyler Mountain can deliver right to your home or business. Call 1-800-846-8957 to find out more, and be sure to ask about the other great products Tyler Mountain offers.

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