Hydration Myths That Could Cause Your Health To Suffer
Hydration is about so much more than H20 and there are many hydration myths out there. Avoiding these hydration myths and calibrate the balance correctly you’ll supercharge your health.
- Hydration is a daily goal reached by drinking water.
- Your hydration balance depends on how much you sweat, your diet, elevation and even humidity. A healthy diet delivers about 20% of fluid intake. Adding watermelon, grapefruit, cucumber, broccoli, apples and grapes will increase your fluid consumption. You can also naturally flavor your water by adding berries, lemon, kiwi, pineapples or oranges.
- You can be healthy without good hydration
- Minor dehydration can affect physical and cognitive performance as well as overall health. Dehydration reduces the amount of fluid circulating in your bloodstream, which makes your heart work harder and limits your body’s ability to cool itself. Your blood becomes more thicker, stickier and more concentrated.
- As long as you avoid salty foods, you’re fine
- Sodium isn’t all bad and you actually need it to survive, but your body can’t produce it on its own. Maintain normal blood volume helps your skin dissipate heat, helps you absorb nutrients and delivers oxygen to hardworking muscles.
- Bananas are great for dehydration cramps
- Bananas are good for dehydration, but they aren’t magic. The potassium in them helps blunt the effects of sodium and with help from your kidneys and moves it out of your body.
- Everyone needs eight glasses of water a day
- Depending on body weight, activity level and temperature your daily fluid needs can range from as little as two quarts to more than six quarts per day.
It’s not just about what your drink but also what you eat.