As kids, we all have listened to the elderly advice about the regular consumption of water. Yet, the most common among them was “drinking 8 glasses of water”. Well, we had no option but to believe it back then. But as we grew, we realized that we have been fed off some great lies by our elders, about water back then.
There are innumerable myths and facts are surrounding the properties of water. But we have picked five myths relating to water that are too hard to digest!
1. Drinking 8 glasses of water – False
Let’s begin with this myth that has been haunting us since childhood. There is no doubt that we should drink plenty of water in a day to keep ourselves hydrated. But where did the idea of drinking 8 glasses came from? There has never been a single medical report that suggests drinking 8 glasses of water. Also, many reports suggest that too much fluid intake can cause many conditions pulmonary edema, congestive heart failure, and hyponatremia.
2. Bottled water is safe to drink than tap water- False
Seriously? Which great person made this statement! Various researches about plastic bottles in the US, China, Spain, and the UK proved that plastic bottled waters are excessively contaminated with chemicals and harmful additives.
3. Drinking water prevents dry skin- False
Didn’t we all believe this beautiful myth? Yes, we did. Anyways, this is not true as the amount of water you consume has very little to do with your skin. In fact quality of the skin is not determined by the internal factors but the external factors such as the environment, functioning of oil glands and cleansing of the skin attribute to the moisture level or dryness of the skin.
4. Yellow urine is a symptom of dehydration- False
There are chances, but dehydration alone won’t cause yellow urine. Many factors such as the consumption of multivitamins can lead to yellow urine. Also, the color of the urine depends on the number of chemicals present in it.
5. Thirst is a sign of dehydration – False
Let’s not complicate this condition. Thirst is just a sign of telling that your body needs water. And it is not caused due to dehydration. Because, when you are thirsty your body only loses one percent of water! So thirst means many things but dehydration