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Myths About Water and Health

Have you ever stopped to realize how many water “myths” there are out there? There are a great deal, and it can be so confusing. How do we know which water is best for us, how much we should drink, and can we drink too much water? 

Let’s look at the first myth: Two quarts (64oz) of water daily is all adults need to be well hydrated.

Fact: Actually, the current recommendation for water is: ½ oz per pound of body weight. For example, a 150-lb person would need 75 oz of water per day to be adequately hydrated. The larger the person, the higher the metabolic load, thus more water is required.

Myth #2: Thirst is the best indicator of dehydration.

Fact: Your thirst mechanism doesn’t kick in until you are mildly dehydrated. Monitoring the color of your urine may be the best indicator of hydration. Clear to pale yellow urine denotes adequate hydration while dark yellow to gold urine indicates a need to drink more water. Taking a multi-vitamin may tint the color of your urine. Another method for monitoring hydration is to keep track of how often you visit the bathroom. Urinating at least every two hours is also a good sign that you are drinking enough water.

Myth #3: It is unhealthy to drink too much water.

Fact: With the exception of certain health conditions, your body will only use the water it needs and eliminate the rest. Under normal conditions, there is no risk associated with drinking too much water. It is recommended that water be sipped slowly instead of gulped down, which can cause gastric distress.

Myth #4: Drinking a lot of water is taxing to your kidneys.

Fact: Water is required for good kidney function. When water intake is insufficient, the kidneys must compensate by excreting more concentrated urine, which may lead to the formation of kidney stones.

These are just a few of the myths about water that exist, but we hope they have helped to clear up some confusion. However, one important fact that is not confusing is which water is the best to water to have delivered straight to your home or office … Fontis Water! For more information about Fontis Water, please visit our website today.