Debunking 5 Common Hydration Myths
Hydration is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but sometimes, we don’t have the right information to ensure proper hydration levels. To help you know the facts, we’ve compiled this list of the realities behind five classic hydration myths.
Sports drinks are the best way to hydrate after a workout
It’s true that sports drinks can be beneficial for long-duration or high-intensity activity, but they are often not needed for most standard workouts. Water is the best and most natural way to go. Sports drinks can help provide the necessary carbs to store energy but contain calories and ingredients that can be deemed unnecessary, like added sugars and dyes. Absopure Plus Electrolyte Water is a great product to replace those high-sugar sports drinks. It’s water that’s undoubtedly healthy, hydrating and equipped with electrolytes like most sports drinks—making it the perfect restoring drink to quench your thirst.
You need to drink eight glasses of water per day
It’s a common number used to measure hydration, but the answer isn’t the same for everyone. Depending on your physical activity, medical considerations, body composition and environment, you may need more or less than the recommended eight glasses per day. To make it easy—listen to your body. When you’re craving a tall glass of water, pour it! And when you’re not thirsty anymore, stop drinking. It can be as simple as listening and tuning into what your body needs.
You can only hydrate through liquids
Nope! What we eat also adds to our hydration levels. Foods like watermelon, spinach, cucumber, romaine lettuce and tomatoes contain at least 80% water. Our bodies also produce water internally when metabolizing nutrients. In most cases, however, water is the best way to rehydrate.
Dehydration is not that serious
You guessed it: not true. Dehydration can be very serious. When too much water is lost, our organs, tissues and cells won’t function as they should. It’s also important to spot the signs of early dehydration, such as dizziness, fatigue and dry mouth. Be sure to drink fluids whenever you feel signs of dehydration kicking in. We suggest some Absopure All-Natural Spring Water for a refreshing natural beverage right from the source.
Caffeine causes dehydration
Excellent news, coffee lovers—caffeinated drinks (in moderation) can contribute to your daily fluid intake and don’t appear to increase the risk of dehydration. That means you can continue adding to your mug collection! Caffeine only becomes dehydrating in 250-300 mg doses, which is equal to two to three 8-ounce cups of coffee and five to eight 8-ounce cups of tea.
So, there you have it: the five popular hydration myths have been debunked! Keep these in mind while you’re on a hike, riding your bike or just soaking in the warm summer sun this season and beyond. Just remember—you can never go wrong with an ice-cold glass or bottle of Absopure Water!