Hehehehe…you won’t believe these lies about water! Are you among those that are deceived?
Lie #1: You must drink 8 glasses of water every day.
No! You mustn’t! Your body might require more or less depending on the amount of water in the foods and fruits you eat. The body’s need for water depends on several factors including the type and amount of activities you do, the weather condition, your heath, etc. The key is: let thirst guide you. Obey your thirst. If you are thirsty, then your body needs water — go and drink WATER! Another guide–a rough guide–is to observe you urine! If it’s as dark as (or darker than) “La casera” apple juice drink, and if it’s smelly, you need water — go drink some water!
Lie #2: You can never drink too much water!
Of course, you can! It is called water intoxication! Bad news is, it is deadly! It is over-hydration — too much water — over-diluting the “salts” or electrolytes, especially sodium, in the body. It is seen in water drinking competitions; or drinking too much water (and too quickly) after strenuous activity or exercise. The person collapses (and might die), and people would be saying the water was poisoned!
Lie #3: Drinking cold water after meals causes cancer!
No, it doesn’t! You see this big lie all over the internet, written in convincing scientific tone and terms. Cold or warm water, it doesn’t matter when you drink during you meal: you can drink before the meal (which is good for people trying to lose some weight), during the meal, or after the meal. Be careful, people love using the word “cancer” to scare people and sell their products. Be skeptical.
Lie #4: Drinking water would help flush out toxins and poisonous substances!
Not really! That is not how the body works. It is not a straight tube or water cistern toilet; it’s far more complex. Ironically, drinking too much water might even reduce the kidney’s ability to remove toxins. We only advise copious water for few patients, like those with kidney stones. Still, let thirst guide you. And all those so called “natural products” or supplements that use the word “detoxification” are based on false scientific words and theories. Forget them; save your money.
Lie #5: Only colorless, odorless, and tasteless water is fit for drinking!
No! Water doesn’t have to be colorless and tasteless to be fit and healthy for drinking. Provided it is not polluted by dangerous and harmful substances, and not contaminated with microorganisms that can cause disease or affect health. Some spring water and bottled water have minerals and substances dissolved in them that add an appealing color and a pleasant taste to the water; and they are fit for drinking. Being colorless, odorless, and tasteless is a good sign, but not a compulsory one, especially for treated water.
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