MYTH - Everyone needs to drink eight glasses of water a day.
Women should strive for 8 glasses a day and men should aim for 12 glasses of any fluid, not just water.
FACT - Drinking water flushes toxins from the body.
The kidneys use water to get rid of waste products.
MYTH - Bottled water can cause tooth decay.
Even though bottled water does not contain fluoride, it does not cause tooth decay.
MYTH - Drinking water can help keep your skin moist.
The moisture level of skin is not determined by internal factors. External factors such as skin cleansing, the environment, amount and function of oil glands determines how dry the skin will become.
FACT - Drinking water helps you lose weight.
Replacing other high calorie drinks with water will help reduce your daily calorie intake. Water can make you feel fuller so you eat less. Drinking cold water can also help boost your metabolism and speed up weight loss.
MYTH - Yellow urine is a sign of dehydration.
Dark yellow urine can be a sign of dehydration. Ideally your urine should be straw yellow in color. Taking a multivitamin can also cause dark yellow urine.
MYTH - If you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.
If you start to feel thirsty, you are on the road to dehydration and should drink some water, but thirst doesn't always mean you are dehydrated.
MYTH - You need sports drinks to function at a high level in athletics.
Water is all you need to get the fluid necessary for most athletic endeavors. Though, people who run marathons and compete in highly strenuous activities should supplement their water intake with sports drinks to offset the salt they lose from heavy sweating.
FACT - It is possible to drink too much water.
People with some heart conditions , high blood pressure and edema should avoid drinking too much water as this can put themselves at risk of complications.
FACT - You should not reuse plastic water bottles.
Plastic water bottles leach chemicals into the water after one use.
To learn more MYTHS and FACTS about water please call Eagle Water at our head office 1-800-363-6365 or for Ontario residents 1-866-427-7757.