What are the Truths and Myths about Drinking Water?


Published Date : Jun 09, 2015

Bottled water is set to becoming the number one beverage in America by 2016, overtaking soft drinks all over the nation. According to International Bottled Water Association, water is the number 1 beverage in big cities such as Los Angeles and Washington D.C.  

A campaign run by non-profit organization and backed by First Lady Michelle Obama has endorsed the benefits of drinking water every day in 2013. Now the drive is being promoted once again with online ads, billboards, and with the slogan “h2ofcourse” and is aimed at target groups. 

Drinking water myths include advice on drinking 8 glasses of water each day. This is not true according to Stanley Goldfarb, from the University of Pennsylvania. You don’t have to count the amount of water as you get enough fluids through other food and drink items daily.

If you sweat a lot and your urine is light yellow it means you are hydrated. Sugary drinks are better substituted with water to keep your weight optimized.  Water does not really give you energy as calories do that. However, feeling dehydrated can be eliminated when you drink water.

Another myth is that water makes your skin look better. The fact is that water goes to every part of your body and not only your face. The belief that water flushes out toxins is strictly not true as your kidneys do the work. If you have too much water even that is flushed out by your kidneys.

That water is good for sports people is true. However, sports drinks can do better by providing the balance of salt and fluids and extra energy to sports participants, more than water does. Bottled water is convenient but tap water undergoes frequent tests by the Environmental Protection Agency. The source and contaminants of bottled water are unknown to the public and hidden by manufacturers.