How Much Water You Should Drink

Publish Date
Friday, 19 August 2016, 1:17PM
Photo: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

It's now the norm to carry around a water bottle as if it's a permanent extension of your arm, so it seems that most of us have bought in to the benefits of proper hydration. But is what you think about your drink more hype than fact? Take this quiz to find out, and hydrate smarter.

1. True or false: Coffee and tea count toward hydration.

True. Even though caffeine is a diuretic, which forces water to be excreted in urine, our bodies quickly compensate. So even caffeinated beverages such as coffee and tea have a net hydrating effect. Sure, plain water and decaf beverages will hydrate you more, but you can still count that iced coffee as a quencher as much as it is an afternoon pick-me-up.

2. True or false: Coconut water hydrates better than water.

False. This one is firmly in the hype category. In 2012, a major coconut water player, Vita Coco, settled a class-action lawsuit that accused the company of misrepresenting the health benefits of its products, including exaggerated claims of being "super-hydrating." The company stopped marketing its products that way, but the claim is still rampant on the internet.

That's not to say that coconut water isn't hydrating - it is, just no more so than plain water.

3. True or false: Drinking extra water will keep your skin moist.

False. Although dry skin is a symptom of dehydration, once you are well hydrated, drinking more water will not make your skin dewier. Eating enough good-for-you fat from fish, nuts and healthy oils is more likely to help with that. These fats are essential building blocks for the healthy skin cell walls that keep moisture in and are key to a glowing complexion.

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