5 Myths About Drinking Water

Our bodies consist of 60% of it, 70% of our planet is covered in it, and nothing on this planet could live without it.  Water is essential to life and living, but people have come up with some funny information about it throughout the years. Here’s what you should know about some of the most common myths about drinking water.

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1. Bottled water is better than tap water.

Fortunately in the US, tap water is extremely safe. Tap water is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency and they test it regularly. Bottled water is regulated by the Food and Drug Administration, which does not require manufacturers to disclose the origin of the water or any potential contamination. Plastic can also leach chemicals into water. The exception is some areas that have issues with traces of lead or old pipes, but the water that flows through our cities are among the cleanest in the world.

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2. The recommended amount of water to drink is 8 8-ounce glasses a day.

According to kidney experts, there is no scientific evidence that drinking 64-ounces of water is beneficial to your health. There are definitely downsides to not drinking enough water, but there is no formula for figuring out how much water you should drink everyday. Just drink when you feel thirsty!

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3. Drinking water will flush toxins out of your system.

Your kidneys are responsible for getting rid of waste products in your body. While this process needs water, it doesn’t mean having more water leads to more waste being removed. The opposite may actually be true – the more water in your system, the harder your kidneys need to work to process it.


4. Water keeps your skin moisturized.

Water goes to every single part in your whole body, but unless you are severely dehydrated, you won’t notice a difference to your skin if you drink more water. Water that you drink won’t actually make it to the epidermis, also known as the top layer of your skin.


5. Lots of water will help you lose weight.

While drinking more water will help you feel fuller, drinking lots of water itself won’t make you shed any pounds. If you drink water before a meal or in place of drinks with higher calories, it could be useful in helping keep down your calorie intake. There is some evidence that suggests cold water could increase your metabolism, but just drinking water doesn’t cause weight loss.


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Post by Barbara Lee.

Barbara is a world traveler who is passionate about sustainable food systems, responsible consumerism, and holistic living. Her professional background and interests include writing, cooking, non-profit work, eco-conservation.