Hydration myths debunked, in 5 easy sips – July 20, 2015 CBC article

There is value in evidence-based practice.

Consider the topic if hydration.

What does the evidence indicate? What research is available? How robust is the research? Who is funding it?

A July 20, 2015 CBC article is entitled: “Hydration myths debunked, in 5 easy sips.”

The article notes:

“Bottom line: for healthy people doing normal things under everyday conditions, nature has already provided the perfect tool, precisely calibrated to replace the fluids that are lost through exertion, perspiration, urination and other excretion.

“It’s called ‘thirst.’ Use it, and you can stop sweating about hydration.”

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Key points:

Myth 1: if you wait for thirst, it’s too late

Myth 2: Drinking more water flushes more toxins from the body

Myth 3: Checking the colour of urine is a good way to monitor hydration

Myth 4: It’s healthy to drink lots of water, whether you’re thirsty or not

Myth 5: Mild dehydration can impair thinking

 

Additional point, based upon the article: If you seek information regrading hydration, it may be the case that sometimes reading the Globe and Mail may not be your best option.

 

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