Health experts and the media have hyped up daily recommended doses of water to the point there’s hardly anyone left on the street not left suckling on a pump bottle trying to choke down 2 liters of water a day.
‘Healthy hydration is about the water you hold in the body, not the water you drink that passes straight through,’ says Dr Howard Murad, associate clinic professor of medicine at the University of California.
Healthy hydration is about the water you hold in the body, not the water you drink that passes straight through.
Dr Murad goes on to explain constantly drinking can be detrimental, and flush essential vitamins and minerals out of our bodies too quickly.
“There’s nothing wrong with drinking water, but if we don’t improve the capacity to get it into our cells and keep it there, it goes straight into the toilet without doing us any good,” he says.
The idea behind “eating water” is that we eat water rich food. Which is just another of telling you to eat your vegetables.
“When we eat water-rich foods, we absorb water more slowly because it is trapped in the structure of these foods,” says Dr Murad. “That slow absorption means the water in food stays in our bodies longer, and brings a multitude of additional benefits.”
Studies have found that foods can rehydrate the body twice as effectively as a glass of water could.