There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding water. Water is an essential part of everyday life, we need it to drink, to cool machinery down, and to irrigate crops. We’re hoping that we can shed some light on what is and isn’t true about water. After all, you need water to survive, so why not learn a little bit about it?
1. There is a set amount of water that everyone needs to drink a day
You will almost certainly have heard that you need to drink a set amount of water a day. This can vary from 5 glasses to 8 glasses depending on who you speak to. The amount may vary but the message is the same. You must drink a set amount of water just like everyone else.
The truth is a little more complicated. There is no set amount of water that an individual needs to drink. This varies wildly depending on many factors. Your age, how much you exercise, how much you eat, the temperature, even the altitude that you are at has an effect. So, how do you know how much to drink? You need to listen to your body, if you’re thirsty, have a glass of water. Another good indicator that you may be dehydrated is to look at the colour of your urine. If it is a dark yellow, then you should consider drinking more water.
2. We’re running out of water
This is very common in news articles and even movies set in the near future. The reality is that the amount of water on the planet has not changed a great deal in many years. The problems that could hinder the ability of people to access water are ones of logistics, distribution and infrastructure.
3. Tap water is not as healthy or as clean as bottled
This is a broad generalisation, and it will depend on your local water treatment facility and other water treatment systems. Generally, there is not any difference in tap water and bottled water when it comes to your health. If anything, with bottled water you run the risk of contaminants leaking into your water from the plastic bottle such as BPA. That being said, it is always good to have a water filtration system at home when drinking tap water.
4. You don’t need to drink as much water when it is cold outside
This myth probably originated due to the need for our bodies to drink more in hot weather. This is perfectly true, if you are sweating a lot then you need to replenish the water you have lost as soon as possible. You can also sweat a lot in the winter as you will be wearing warm clothes that can trap the heat in. Again, to have an idea of how much water you should be drinking, you need to listen to your body and make sure that you are doing everything that you can to stay hydrated throughout the year.
5. Drinking a sports drink is better than water
Water is always best when working out. Your body evolved to use water very efficiently so the sports drink that you think is helping you to perform better is really just empty calories, which is not good for any workout plan.
You will be amazed at how you can increase the effectiveness of any workout through proper hydration. Drinking too much water can cause problems too. So once again, we ask you to listen to your body and only drink the water you need.