Common Myths about Dehydration

Everybody has heard or knows that our body needs 8 glasses of water every day to avoid dehydration. Many of us consume less water and not felt dehydrated. Thirst is a common symptom of dehydration. Every health conscious person drinks 8 glasses of water every day as they know that drinking less than 8 glasses in a day can felt them dehydrated. Not drinking enough amount of water leads to dehydration. Juices and all other beverages that are water based only works as substitutes of water. Everyone needs 8 glasses of pure water as it is important to perform all body functions properly. According to a retired professor of physiology from Dartmouth Medical School people who suffer from kidney and liver problems must consume sufficient amount of water every day. According to him a healthy person does not need to drink large quantities of water. According to healthcare providers there is no clear proof of benefits from drinking large amount of water. 8 glasses of water are enough for a day to avoid dehydration.

The summers are here now and everyone wants to know that would drinking more water affect their body. Here we have some myths about dehydration. Let’s try to understand the facts behind these myths.

Myth 1: Drinking 8 glasses of water every day is a common myth related with dehydration. Many water bottle companies have tried a lot to boost in their sales with this rule. IOM (Institute of Medicine) has set the limit on water consumption and it is different for men and women. According to IOM the water consumption limit for men is 3.7 liters while for women it is 2.7 liters. These figures are basically related to the total water of intake in 24 hours. To meet with the dairy requirement of water intake one can include juices and all other kind of beverages that contain water. Lots of people think that they consume sufficient amount of water from beverages and all other food items that are rich in water content hence they don’t need to consume 8 glasses of water every day.

Myth 2: Another myth about dehydration is being thirsty. If you are thirsty then it means you are already dehydrated. The symptoms of dehydration are dizziness, tiredness, headache, low blood pressure, and muscle cramps. It is also said that dehydration increases the risk of kidney failure. Drinking water between long periods of time can dry up the throat but the risk of getting dehydrated is not that high. Blood is thickened by 2% when your body realizes the thirst sensation. This kind of dehydration is called mild dehydration and the thickness of the blood crosses over 5% if you ignore the condition earlier. You feel less energetic when you consume less water.

Myth 3: Drinking only water is not enough to keep you hydrated throughout the day. It is also said that the chances of getting dehydrated are high even after drinking 8 glasses of water every day. It means the water content that you consume throughout the day should come from different sources like fruit juices and beverages. Your body requires various types of electrolytes and all kind of vitamins & minerals that are necessary to hydrates various tissues and cells of our body. For proper absorption of water it is important to consume minerals and electrolytes from different sources o water.

Myth 4: This is common myth in people that clear urine indicates towards good health. Yellow color of the urine indicates that your kidney is in trouble due to dehydration. The dark color of the urine means you haven’t drink enough water throughout the day and less darken water of the urine you have drink enough water throughout the day. When it comes to the urine color always keep in your mind that the consumption of vitamin B12 rich foods also makes the urine color yellow. So, don’t think always that the yellow color of the urine is because of dehydration.

Myth 5: Another myth about dehydration is that drinking coffee and caffeine related drinks cause dehydration. But this only happens if you consume such drinks in excessive amount. However, coffee helps in better digestion but it also dehydrates our body. Consuming caffeine related drinks on daily basis can be harmful to your health while a mug of coffee in a day plays an important role to improve our health.

If you are dehydration prone then keep watch on your fluids intake. Increase the intake of water based foods along with water. Go and drink enough water whenever you feel thirsty. Follow the rule of drinking 8 glasses of water every day and stay hydrated throughout the day.