You want to know which myths about drinking water are really true? Then you've come to the right place!
Who is thirsty, drinks too late.
Nonsense! Thirst is a signal from the body to show that it needs water. Not earlier and not later, but now. Even when exercising, you should only drink when you feel thirsty.
Drinking too much can make the body feel bloated.
Yes! Because the kidney function is affected by drinking. In extreme cases, it can lead to intoxication, often manifested by cramps and abdominal pain. On average, 2-3 liters should be drunk per day. And kidney patients should ask the doctor how much fluid is advised for them.
Who sweats little, should also drink little.
Wrong! Who adheres to this runs the risk of dehydration. Who sweats must take the excreted amount of liquid again to itself. Only who drinks enough ensures that all organs and bodily functions also function well.
Water can not go bad.
However, if water stands for a longer time it can become quite "bad". Microbes can quickly spread, which can lead to gastrointestinal problems. As a rule of thumb, you can state: Do not keep an opened water bottle in the refrigerator for more than 2-3 days. With sparkling water, the danger is not quite so great, since the germs are mostly eliminated by the carbonic acid.
Fruits and vegetables also provide fluid.
Right! Fruits and vegetables help drinkers balance fluids, but do not completely replace drinking. Melon, orange, nectarine, pineapple and strawberry, as well as cucumber, tomato and zucchini are considered particularly water-rich foods.
You can tell if you've drunk enough by the color of your urine.
True. If the urine is clear and light yellow was drunk enough. Very light yellow, almost watery urine is a sign that too much was drunk. With dark yellow should be quite quickly to the water bottle..
Water helps to lose weight.
Right. According to a study by the Berlin Charité, drinking water increases energy consumption by 100 calories at one to two liters per day. If you extrapolate that to a year, that's a whole 36,500 calories more that can be consumed. In addition, the metabolism is boosted.
Ice-cold drinks provide cooling.
Wrong! Exactly the opposite is the case. Because the body tries to compensate for the cold shock again and produces even more heat. Better are lukewarm drinks like a warm tea. Alternatively, however, it is already enough not to put the drinks in the refrigerator, but to enjoy at room temperature..
Drinking water helps against headaches.
Sometimes. Often, headaches are the first sign that the too little liquid was supplied. As an immediate measure, it is best to drink half a liter of water. Often this is already enough to relieve the buzzing head. Even migraine attacks can be triggered by a fluid deficit..
Water is the best thirst quencher.
True! Because the drink should not contain calories and at the same time compensate for water loss and thus quench thirst. Und genau dafür eignet sich Wasser am besten. Alternativ funktionieren auch ungezuckerte Kräutertees.
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