“You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day” and Other Hydration Myths

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We love everything about water here at Pacific Springs and we love finding out facts about how much we should drink each day and how great a job it does in helping us to stat healthy and refreshed.

However, in a world filled with so much ‘advice’ about our water consumption, it’s time to separate fact from fiction and debunk the myths! We’re diving deep into the truth about hydration, starting with the infamous “8 glasses of water a day” myth…

Myth: You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

The ‘8×8 glasses of water a day’ rule is widely promoted and suggests everyone should drink eight 8-ounce (240ml) glasses of water daily for optimal hydration. However, did you know that this rule doesn’t consider the wide variety of factors that affect your hydration needs? 

Factors such as your age, activity level, climate and individual health circumstances all play significant roles in determining how much water you should be drinking so instead of sticking rigidly to a specific number, it’s far wiser to listen to your body and drink when you’re thirsty. 

And of course staying properly hydrated is crucial, but a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t necessarily take into account our individual variations.

Myth: Caffeinated Drinks Like Tea and Coffee Are Dehydrating

The myth that caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea are dehydrating has been debunked by scientific research. While caffeine does have a mild diuretic effect, the water content in these beverages still contributes to your daily fluid intake so as long as you’re not consuming excessive amounts of caffeine, there’s no need to worry too much about them dehydrating you. 

In fact, you can consider these drinks as a part of your daily hydration strategy without fear of becoming dehydrated and with a spring water dispenser with hot and cold tap options, you can keep up your water intake of cold and hot drinks at the touch of a button!

Woman enjoying a cup of coffee

Myth: Clear Urine Is a Sign That You’re Perfectly Hydrated

We’ve all heard that clear urine is a key sign that you’re well-hydrated and in fact we’ve all seen those posters in bathroom stalls to tell us just that! However, this isn’t always the full picture as the colour can be affected by more than just your water intake. Other factors such as what you eat, the vitamins or supplements you take as well as a range of other factors can all have an impact on the colour of your urine. 

What’s more, very clear urine can indicate you’re actually overhydrating which has its drawbacks too, while darker urine isn’t always a sign that you’re dehydrated. It’s a lot wiser to pay attention to how you feel overall and not just one factor such as the colour of your urine but ensure you’re getting the right quantity and quality of water each day. 

Myth: Sports Drinks Are a Great Hydration Option When Exercising

The belief that sports drinks are the go-to option for exercise is another myth worth addressing as these specialised beverages are primarily designed for individuals involved in high-intensity or prolonged physical activities. Indeed for most of us,  water is usually the best choice for staying hydrated during exercise and recovery. 

What’s more, sports drinks often contain high sugar and calorie levels, which might not be necessary for hydration during everyday exercise so unless you’re participating in strenuous, endurance sports, pure and simple water is often best!

Man holding blue sports bottle drinking beside trees

Myth: If You’re Feeling Thirsty, You Must Be Dehydrated

In reality, just because you’re thirsty does not automatically mean you’re dehydrated. What you’ve recently eaten (such as salty or spicy foods) can make you feel thirsty as well as medical conditions such as diabetes or side effects from certain medications.

Our mantra at Pacific Springs is to ensure you’re well hydrated throughout the day and of course if you do feel thirsty, it’s a good idea to listen to your body and some water and in our opinion spring water is the best there is!

Myth: If You’re Not Thirsty, You’re Not Dehydrated

This one is actually the opposite of the myth above and again is not strictly true. Did you know that the fluid levels in your body can drop by up to 3% of your body weight before you even feel thirsty? 

A good way to check your hydration levels is to track how frequently you visit the bathroom as if you’re not taking regular trips it could be a sign you’re not drinking enough water so it might be time to step it up. 

Myth: It’s OK to Reuse Single Use Plastic Water Bottles

This one is a definite no-no for a variety of reasons including the fact that bacteria from your mouth may be passed into the bottle.  Cleaning isn’t a solution to this issue either as Single use plastic water bottles aren’t designed to withstand the hot temperatures required to clean them effectively.

What’s more, continuing to refill single use plastic bottles time and time again is not a great idea either as over time the bottles start to break down and potentially release chemicals into the water itself.

It will come as no surprise that we’re not fans of single use water bottles here at Pacific Springs – not only are they not great for the environment, they’re not great for the taste of water which in our opinion should be clean, pure and refreshing!

Middle aged man in gray shirt drinking water against wall

Fact: Pacific Springs Provides The Highest Quality Spring Water 

Although there are a lot of myths around about our water consumption, there’s no denying it’s health benefits and how keeping hydrated should be a key part of our daily well being routines! 

Here at Pacific Springs we take pride in providing the highest quality spring water that is safe and free from impurities. What’s more, our wide range of dispensers and coolers mean it’s more convenient than ever to access fresh spring water in your home or workplace.

Get in touch today to explore the options available for your individual water requirements.