If you’re an athlete, chances are you’ve been told it’s crucial that you stay hydrated, even when you’re not actively training or performing. However, these days even people in sedentary jobs, like accountants and web designers, are being told it’s important to drink a lot of water each and every day.
But is that true? Will drinking only a few glasses of water each day negatively impact your overall health? In reality, there a whole lot of myths about hydration so let’s take a look at eight of the most common dehydration myths…
Myth 1: Don’t Trust Thirst
One of the biggest myths about hydration, health experts now say, is to ignore your thirst. In fact, research now shows that thirst is probably the best way to detect a person’s hydration needs.
The alternative to monitoring thirst is to track the amount you sweat through something called a sweat rate. But it’s a relatively overcomplicated system that most amateur athletes won’t have the time or patience to analyze, so focus on responding to your thirst levels instead.