4 Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

3. Thirst Equals Dehydration

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Thirst most definitely is the mechanism through which our body tells us that it needs water. This, though, does not mean that the body has become dehydrated. Thirst results from a reduction of 2 – 4 % body water. This decrease does not pose any threats to the body as long as your kidneys are fine. Drink a glass of water and this will go away.

Dehydration, on the other hand, occurs when the decline in body water is over the 5 – 8% threshold level. At this point dehydration will be accompanied by other problems like dry mouth, tiredness and dizziness.

The American Council on Exercise’s guidelines does mention drinking about 10 oz/a glass of water every 10 – 20 minutes when you are involved in stressful activities. Such activities include exercise, and if after a ‘heavy’ work you do feel parched, simply drink up a glass of water.