You’ve been told countless times, “Be sure to drink plenty of water.” Whether you’re about to run a marathon or head to work for the day, this is definitely sage advice. But there’s plenty of misleading information out there regarding proper hydration. For example, do you really need to drink eight glasses a day? Is your favorite caffeinated beverage actually dehydrating you? In this blog post, we will debunk some of these hydration myths.
Drink eight glasses of water a day – This may be the one that gets brought up most. However, according to this article in Runner’s World, the number of glasses you drink is completely arbitrary and depends on your activity level. Keep in mind that The Institute of Medicine recommends 91 ounces of water per day for women and 120 for men.
Clear urine means that you’re properly hydrated – Susan Yeargin, assistant professor of athletic training at the University of South Carolina says that “As long as it’s pale yellow, like lemonade, you’re hydrated.” Therefore, there’s no need to worry if your urine isn’t perfectly clear. Just know that if it’s darker, it’s time to drink up.
Caffeine dehydrates you – Research shows that about two cups of coffee minimally increases urine output for three hours after consuming it. When coupled with exercise soon after, caffeine doesn’t cause to urinate more frequently. In addition, if you routinely have your cup of joe in the morning or soda at lunchtime, your body acclimates to the caffeine.
Pure water is best for hydration – Contrary to popular belief, water isn’t always the best choice for staying hydrated. Experts explain that it’s important to ingest some sodium as well because salt helps our bodies retain water. Here’s the tricky part, though. If you’re just going on a light jog, you don’t necessarily need an entire bottle of Gatorade. On the other hand, if you’re training for the next Tough Mudder, it’s critical to get some of those electrolytes in your system.
Drinking water is a good way to detox – In the article, Dr. Stanley Goldfarb explains that, “There is no evidence that excess water makes your body more clean.” Drinking too much water can even impair the ability of the kidneys to filter blood.
What is IV Hydration Treatment?
Without proper hydration, our bodies can’t perform at the highest level. With intravenous hydration therapy, you can enjoy one of the safest, quickest, and most effective ways for vital nutrients to be delivered to the body. At Elevation Hydration in Colorado Springs, we are proud to offer a variety of hydration treatment packages. Our hydration clinic can set you up with treatments if you’re sick, hungover, jet-lagged, or just need a boost for an upcoming competition.
You can feel comfortable knowing that we only use the purest forms of essential vitamins and minerals for our packages. Best of all, you’re getting 100 percent of the vitamins your body craves because they’re delivered intravenously and aren’t affected by intestinal absorption. You’ll be amazed at how, with proper hydration, your body remains healthy, repairs & rebuilds, and fends off illness.
If you’re in need of some hydration help or hydration tips, please don’t hesitate to call. We are happy to provide clarification regarding other hydration myths.
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