What You Need to Know About Hydration

When it comes to staying hydrated, you’ve probably heard it all. Whether it was from a friend, a coach, or some health and wellness magazine that you read, you’ve heard just about enough about what the best practices for hydration are. While many of these tips can be helpful, they might also mean absolutely nothing at all. It’s important to be able to decipher between the facts and the hearsay when it comes to your health, so we thought we would call attention to some of the worst myths about hydration to help you out a little.

Hydration Myths

The 8×8 Rule

You’ve heard it before. To stay hydrated, you have to drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water per day. Fact or myth? Well, it’s hard to call it a myth, but it can’t be called a fact either. You see, it’s not just about making sure you consume 64 ounces of water per day, it’s about many other factors as well, one being your level of physical activity. If you’re physically active for 60 minutes or more per day, then you want to be drinking more water than 64 ounces in a day. In addition to that, you don’t have to get all of your water intake by just drinking it. Eating fruits and veggies and taking in other beverages also helps you get the amount of water you need per day.

You’re Already Dehydrated if You’re Thirsty

The idea that it’s too late to drink water isn’t true at all. If you’re dehydrated, being thirsty isn’t the first effect you’ll feel. You’ll feel lethargic and might even get a headache. Your body is much better at informing you of when to drink water than waiting until it’s already too late. Even if you’re feeling dehydrated, that’s not to say that drinking water now won’t help you.

Coffee and Tea Dehydrate You

While this isn’t necessarily a myth, there isn’t any evidence behind it that proves that it’s true either. As we said before, you can get your water intake in multiple ways, and this is true for coffee and tea.

You Can Avoid Heat Stroke With Water

To say you won’t get heat stroke just because you drank water is to say that there’s a simple solution to a serious problem. It just isn’t true. However, by not drinking water you can make yourself more likely to experience heat stroke, but don’t think that by staying hydrated, you’re completely safe from experiencing heat stroke. There are other factors that play a role in this, such as body size, exercise intensity and age can affect how prone you are to heat stroke.

You Can Never Drink Enough Water

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Think of drinking too much water as a way of diluting yourself. When you drink too much water, your sodium levels can drop. This is known as hyponatremia, and some people are more prone to it than others.

If you’re currently working with a personal trainer on a weight loss plan, then it is of the utmost importance that you’re getting your full, daily intake of water. In fact, drinking water in itself can help you lose weight in multiple ways. If you have any other questions about water intake and what you need, be sure to talk to your fitness trainer.