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This health myth holds no water

There are few things you can count on in life, but here’s one of them: The more often something’s repeated, the less likely it is to be true!

Lightning WILL strike twice — so if you hear thunder coming, get the heck out of there. Old dogs CAN learn new tricks, if you bother to teach them. And while honesty sure SEEMS like the best policy, it’s one that’ll get you in trouble if you follow it too closely.

But there’s one tired old piece of “wisdom” that gets repeated these days more than any other.

And it’s not just wrong… it could also be DANGEROUS.

The latest research confirms yet again that you absolutely DO NOT have to drink eight glass of water per day.

That’s 64 ounces, or half a gallon of water per day — enough to give your belly its own tide to slosh around in sync with the moon. Some agencies are even urging you to drink MORE than that!

If you’ve ever tried to follow that nonsensical advice — and millions have — you’ve probably found yourself practically gagging on water, and that’s not a figure of speech.

It’s a special reflex that tries to stop you from doing something dumb. It’s literally your body crying out, “ENOUGH ALREADY!”

When you drink it anyway, your brain is actually overriding your natural instincts, forcing you to swallow it against your own best interests.

But those instincts are there for a reason. Too much water is as bad as too little, diluting the sodium levels — and when they fall too low, you’re in a medical emergency.

Now, to be clear, that’s pretty extreme. Eight glasses of water per day won’t send you to the hospital. But every year, some folks DO drink too much water — often athletes such as marathon runners — and end up hospitalized or even DEAD because of it.

The new study doesn’t set a goal for water. Why should they? Everyone is different — and the water in everything from a juicy steak to a crunchy apple all go toward keeping you hydrated.

And speaking of junky “wisdom” that keeps getting repeated even though it’s not true, here’s another gem for you: Coffee and alcohol are “dehydrating.”


They are mildly diuretic, but they aren’t “dehydrating” — and the water in those drinks still counts as water in your body.

The best way to know how much you need to drink is to listen to your own instincts. If you’re thirsty, drink up; and if you’re not, don’t bother.

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