Is bottled water better for you than tap? Or should you choose vitamin-enriched water over sparkling? Experts say, skip it all. None of these products are likely to make you any healthier. Below, we look at five major myths about the benefits of drinking water.
But first, how do you know if you’re drinking enough water? Experts say there’s an easy way to judge. If you’re not thirsty, your fluid intake is likely “just right.”
Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day
Scientists say there’s no clear health benefit to chugging or even sipping water all day. So where does the standard advice of drinking eight glasses each day come from? “Nobody really knows,” says Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a kidney expert at the University of Pennsylvania.
Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins
The kidneys filter toxins from our bloodstreams. Then the toxins clear through the urine. The question is, does drinking extra water each day improve the function of the kidneys?
“No,” says Goldfarb. “In fact, drinking large amounts of water surprisingly tends to reduce the kidney’s ability to function as a filter. It’s a subtle decline, but definite.”
Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin
The body is already 60 percent water. So, if you take a 200-pound man, he’s 120 pounds of water.
Adding a few extra glasses of water each day has limited effect. “It’s such a tiny part of what’s in the body,” says Goldfarb. “It’s very unlikely that one’s getting any benefit.” His full editorial is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
One study published in 2007 on the cosmetic benefit of drinking water suggests that 500 ml of water increases capillary blood flow in the skin. “But it’s unclear whether these changes are clinically significant,” says Goldfarb.
Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss
A more accurate statement may be: Drinking water is a helpful tool for dieters.
“Water is a great strategy for dieters because it has no calories,” says Madeline Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburgh. “So you can keep your mouth busy without food and get the sense of satisfaction.”
But water is not magical, she adds. Other zero-calorie options such as diet sodas are fine, too.
Myth No. 5: It’s Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout
Dehydration sets in when a person has lost 2 percent of his or her body weight. So for a 200-pound man, this means losing 4 pounds of water.
Marathon runners, bikers and hikers all need to recognize the signs of dehydration. “It is also obvious that individuals in hot, dry climates have increased need for water,” says Goldfarb.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that athletes drink 16 ounces of fluids a couple of hours before starting sports practice.
But for a stroll in the park, no water bottle is necessary. Goldfarb’s advice: Just drink when you’re thirsty.
its been known in this part of the world that Perrier water helps with food related stomachache, gas …. ETC but after so much effort researching the matter which i had to do giving a request by a very very special someone this is all i found on Perrier
Perrier is carbonated bottled mineral water from a spring in Southern France called Les Bouillens. Local doctor Louis Perrier bought the spring in 1898 to use as a spa, and he began to bottle the water for sale also. The spring is naturally carbonated, but carbonic gas is also added to the water in the bottling process. Perrier was bought by Nestle in 1992.
Perrier became an intrinsic part of an active, healthy American lifestyle in the late 1970’s. Thanks to the marketing efforts of Nestlé Waters North America Inc., social drinkers started ordering Perrier instead of a cocktail or soft drink. The brand’s popularity grew as a refreshing, all-natural, calorie-free alternative beverage.
Imported in the U.S. since the turn of the century, Perrier was first bottled in Vergeze, in the south of France, in 1863. Perrier continues to be bottled at the original source in Vergeze. In April 1985, Perrier with A Twist of natural lemon, lime, or orange flavor (all calorie-free) was introduced in the U.S. These well-liked flavor varieties helped revolutionize natural beverage refreshment.
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I came across various myths regarding carbonated water, but I also found many studies to dismiss them.
DOES CARBONATED WATER WASH OUT THE CALCIUM FROM MY BONES?
No, it doesn’t. According to most studies fizzy water doesn’t leech calcium from the bones.
IS CARBONATED WATER BAD FOR THE TEETH?
Due to its’ increased acidity level, it was thought that carbonated water might deteriorate our teeth. Although most fizzy drinks might erode the tooth enamel, this isn’t the case of mineral water, because it doesn’t contain any flavoring agent which is the cause of the acid.
Some researchers also tried soaking human teeth in still and carbonated water to see if any of these represent a threat, but neither was harmful.
IS CARBONATED WATER BAD FOR THE STOMACH?
Some claim that carbon dioxide (CO2) can cause hiccups, aggravate irritable bowel syndrome and dilute stomach acid that will prevent correct digestion. Although in the case of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) it is advised to avoid carbonated beverages, there is no proven harmful effect on digestion and hiccups or stomach acids.
Some even say that fizzy water relieves the upset stomach. It is true, that carbon dioxide can affect people with reflux problems, but apart from flatulence and burps it doesn’t have any harmful effect.
However if you have a sensitive stomach and CO2 can cause bloating, for the sake of a flat stomach you might want to reduce it. Although there are a lot of myths concerning the side effects of drinking fizzy water, it has the same effect as still water; it hydrates you, avoiding dry skin, wrinkles and constipation.
out of a personal experience i can tell you this it helps me get rid of that feeling i get after eating allot and thats enough for me
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