Myth 5: Drink 8 glasses of water a day.

It’s Friday and what a flooded one it is in Bangkok.  Yes, I am back in town to recieve the flood and it is somewhat stressing me out. It inches closer every hour.  I’m sure it is stressful for many others also so tonight let’s change topic and instead continue on with our myths.  Myth 5: Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  Clean water, not the ones that come with Bangkok floods.

I have to admit this is a myth that is seen everywhere.  It is a myth if you believe it is a miracle cure all that will cure illnesses and give you wonderful health.  If, however, you see it as a recommendation on
how to keep yourself hydrated then it is fine.

According to nuitritionist Alannah DiBona, we don’t really need 8 glasses.  This was an easy way to tell people to avoid sugary sodas and other drinks.  She says that one should take one’s body weight in ounces of water and divide it in half. This will be a good guideline for most people on how much to drink. As many things regarding health, think of it as a guideline and not a rule.

Some days you may need to drink more, other days less.   What is most important though is that it keeps you hydrated.  This helps you be relatively more active with bathroom breaks and if you want to lose weight, those hungry signals might infact be thirst signals.

Drinking water is great for keeping your body hydrated, but do not get fixated on the number of glasses you need to drink nor believe wholeheartedly that it is a magical cure all.  Water is one of the best ways to hydrate yourself.  If you want to lose weight, drink water when you are hungry for it may instead be thirst you are feeling.

Take care everyone.  Drink water, but like all good things, have it in moderation.  🙂

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