Hydrate, But Don't Overdo It - No Fooling!
Over the past few years, the companion water bottle has become an integral part of modern society. It's on par with the cell phone as a necessary must-have-at-hand item. And, after years of dedicated worldwide campaigning, it has finally become common knowledge that we need to stay hydrated to ensure good health.
Beauty experts concur: properly hydrated skin is visibly healthy, clear, and more youthful-looking. That's a good thing, right?
Of course it is, but...
Here's The ThingIt's gotten way out of proportion. More times than I'd like to count, I've seen womens magazines (here and abroad) with pages of good ideas and tips on 'how to get the full 3 liters of water a day you need'. (That's 100 ounces for you non-metric folks).
This is one of the most commonly misunderstood skin (and general health) care tips circulating the world today. A person does not need to drink a full 3 liters of water a day in order to be properly hydrated.
What The Pros SayDanish Professor Søren Nielsen, Director of the Water and Salt Center at Aarhus University, has been trying for years to bring the facts on track about how much fluid we need in order to stay healthy and properly hydrated.
His advice (condensed translation).
"Pay attention to your bodys needs and drink when you are thirsty. Obviously, if you are doing strenuous activities that require replenishing lost fluids, you will need to drink more. But under normal circumstances, just follow your bodys natural signals – drink when you are thirsty."Funny – I could have sworn that sounded just like plain old common sense.
The 3-Liter-MisconceptionI asked the Danish Continence Society (where I saw the Professors article) about this. They informed me that they have been struggling with the '3-Liter-Misconception' for years.
They also said the Society is happy to supply any and all members of the media (and public) with facts and information on the subject.
Happy April 1st.
Is it time for coffee yet?
PS. That counts as fluid too