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Hydration Myth Busting

Myth # 1 : The only way to get hydrated is to drink water.

Truth: Although drinking water is one the best ways to hydrate, water rich fruits and veggies can account for 20% of your hydration needs.

Foods With The Highest Water Content:

Cucumber 96%

Bell Pepper 92%

Ice Burg Lettuce 96%

Cabbage 92%

Celery 95%

Cauliflower 92%

Radishes 95%

Mushrooms 92%

Romaine Lettuce 95%

Spinach 92%

Tomatoes 94%

Strawberries 92%

Zucchini 94%

Watermelon 92%

Asparagus 92%

Myth # 2: You only need to drink water when you feel thirsty

Truth: By the time you feel thirsty your body has already lost 1-2% of its water content. “

“Traditionally a 2% or more body water deficit was thought to produce cognitive performance decrements; however, recent literature suggests that even mild dehydration – a body water loss of 1–2% – can impair cognitive performance”

Staying ahead by drinking water when you’re not feeling thirsty will ensure you stay well hydrated, thereby optimizing how you feel and your cognitive function.

Myth # 3: The only way to hydrate while exercising is with a sports drink 

Truth: Being well hydrated before you begin exercising, sports, or working in hotter temperatures, is the key to staying hydrated. Sip on water throughout your workout and ensure you hydrate well afterwards by adding a pinch of himalayan or celtic salt to the water. See our last blog for a healthy post workout electrolyte beverage. 

“Sports drinks should only be consumed if you are participating in strenuous physical activity for more than one hour or if specifically recommended by a physician. Water is usually sufficient to maintain adequate hydration. Therefore, sports drinks should not be considered healthy food in general. Most people do not need to consume sports drinks to replenish fluids and electrolytes lost during moderate physical exercise, but rather, a specific tool for the hydration and nutrition needs of athletes and people engaged in intense and prolonged physical activity”

Myth # 4: Drinking more water is always better

Truth: You actually can drink too much water! It’s called overhydration and it causes an imbalance of sodium allowing too much water to get into your cells. When the cells swell you are at risk for seizures and even a coma.

The symptoms of dehydration are very similar to the symptoms of overhydration including:

  • Very clear urine

  • Throbbing headaches

  • Nausea / Vomiting 

  • Discolouration of hands, feet and lips

  • Weak muscles that cramp easily

  • Tiredness and fatigue

So just how much water should you drink? Check out our hydration blog to calculate your personal ideal daily water consumption.

Whether you're on a health journey to improve your well being or want to kick start a new healthy habit, knowing how to get the best hydration can help you on your path.

Remember to always start with cleanest water! Reverse osmosis and re-mineralized reverse osmosis is free from chlorine, chemicals and toxins and provides you with great tasting healthly water that you can feel good about


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