Physicians disproved popular myths about water

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Медики опровергли популярные мифы о водеDrink water in its purest form is also useful.

In sports and fashion magazines write about the benefits of water with surprising regularity.

Social networks differ in numerous and sometimes contradictory information about it. Experts dismantled popular delusions and found out when, in what form and amount use water.

1. You need to drink eight glasses a day

Formula eight glasses wanders from log to log. It’s to the point of absurdity simplified rule, published in the foreign press in 1945, suggests that consumption (including food) per day of fluid will be equivalent to about two liters of water. Water can be consumed in any form: soup, juices, fruits and vegetables, tea. But the phrase “drink eight glasses of water a day” is taken literally.

Two litres is average size, suitable for a healthy adult, not engaged in physical labor. Men and women, athletes and office workers, living in cold and hot countries need different amounts of water.

It is best to rely on thirst. Thirsty — drink. The main thing — to compensate for water loss providing metabolism, which is especially important for those suffering from excess weight. Scientists from the Indian medical College in Navi Mumbai has conducted a study on a group of people 18-23 years, who for eight weeks drank half a liter of water a day. At the end of the experiment, the weight of the subjects decreased.

Unlike juices, coffee or milk, water does not contain caffeine, fats, carbohydrates and other substances that can harm the body in case of excessive alcohol consumption.
In 2010, researchers found that drinking water before meals reduces consumption of calories.

2. You need to drink bottled water

This misconception is supported completely objective data about the low quality of tap water. But if the tap is flowing, the relevant sanitary norms or passed through the filter water, enough to boil. The filter change.

Manufacturers are producing distilled and mineral water. Thanks to the sodium mineral water useful to use during exercise. But if the water is curative, you cannot drink it to quench your thirst.

3. Drinking during meals is harmful

It’s funny, but so say the people, convinced in the benefits of soups, and the harm is the bread dry. In fact, washing down food with water, we assist the stomach to assimilate the food eaten.

4. To drink during a workout is bad

The old Soviet athletes sometimes say that drinking during exercise fluid increases blood volume, forcing your heart to make more effort at work. In fact everything is exactly the opposite. The loss of fluids the blood becomes thicker. This complicates the work of the heart muscle. Nutritionists and trainers are advised to drink at any time of workouts and also before and after it. The main thing — not to drink too much.

5. Can’t drink too much

That assertion is a myth in half. The idea that excessive drinking interferes with to lose weight has no scientific basis, we all know that water provides our metabolism. Excess water is excreted from the body through natural means. If the body tend to accumulate fluid, call your doctor.

To cause the body harm water you need to drink it very much, perhaps even against their will. Scientists from the Institute of neuroscience and mental health in Melbourne claim that the consumption of water in excess in the human brain enables a mechanism that inhibits the swallowing reflex.

More than three liters per hour drinking is not recommended, especially to athletes. During exercise the body is removed and sodium. The lack of the consumption of water leads to hyponatremia, in which the liquid excreted from the body, but accumulates in cells.

6. Drinking plenty of fluids helps in the fight against SARS and hangover

Many people know that during colds need to drink plenty of water, but not everyone understands why. By itself, water does not cure the flu and colds. It replenishes lost during the disease fluid, which is also important.

Hangover water is needed exactly for the same reasons. Alcohol intensively removes fluid from the body, so we need to fill. The use of folk remedies for hangover — brine — supported by scientific data. Salt contained in the brine helps to compensate for the loss of sodium. The main thing — do not overdo it.

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