Published: August 22, 2017

    The 7 Most Common Drinking Water Myths & Facts

    Water is the most essential part of our lives. Every living being must consume a certain amount of water every day for basic bodily functions and to maintain optimal health. Plumbing and public drinking water utilities have been a part of our society for centuries, so it’s only logical that some misconceptions about drinking water would blossom in a fast-paced culture that values information.

    However, if you believe the most common water myths you may be inadvertently putting yourself at risk to be chronically dehydrated. Even if this is not the case, busting these myths will give you a more accurate understanding of the role drinking water plays in your life.

    • There is no one-size-fits-all standard for the amount of water you should drink every day. The common advice of drinking eight glasses of water per day could be too little or too much based on many factors including your weight and amount of exercise. Use our hydration calculator to get a more accurate number, and to be safe consult your primary care doctor.
    • Coconut water is not a better drink for recovery than plain water. Coconut water can have potassium levels that are dangerous for those with kidney disorders, and the data doesn’t show that coconut water is more replenishing than filtered tap water after a strenuous workout.
    • Contrary to popular belief, you can overhydrate, especially if you’re a first-time or beginner runner. Drinking too much water can lower the amount of sodium in your body. This can cause you to pass out or become confused, and in extreme cases can cause death.
    • You should drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated, even if you don’t exercise regularly. You may believe drinking tea or soda throughout the day is enough to stave off dehydration, but skipping the water can lead to mild dehydration and unwanted side effects, like stinky breath and crankiness.
    • Drinks enhanced with electrolytes are not necessarily a great option after a workout. It is true that sometimes you need to reintroduce electrolytes into your system, but the popular sports drinks often contain high levels of high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, and sugar. These compounds can cause diabetes and can cause blood sugar to rise. Drink them sparingly, and stick with water.
    • Your urine color isn’t a perfect indicator of how hydrated you are. The color of your urine could be darker if you’re consuming lots of protein or taking multivitamins, even if you are drinking enough water. Instead of just using the color as a guide consider how often you’re going to the bathroom – if it’s only a few times per day you should drink more water.
    • Caffeinated beverages like tea and coffee don’t make you hydrated on their own. While caffeine does have other side effects, the substance’s presence in your cup of coffee isn’t enough to dehydrate you. However, if you’re taking energy supplements or drinking energy drinks these can cause you to become dehydrated.

    One water fact that isn’t a myth: installing a water filter in your home provides safer, cleaner, more refreshing water right from your tap. Stay hydrated throughout the day without consuming any unwanted contaminants by calling Pelican Water today and discovering what filter system is the best fit for you.