Nutrition Myths

Tag - water


Diuretics are substances that cause an increase of the amount of water and sodium that is excreted in the urine.

Water intoxication

Hyponatremia (water intoxication) is a condition where the level of sodium (and other electrolytes) in the blood gets diluted with too much water. The normal concentration of sodium in the blood is between 135 and 145 millimoles per liter. Some...


Hypo-hydration is a state of an inadequate amount of water required for normal functioning of the body. In other words, it is a body water content beyond normal. It also refers to the status with a maximum urine osmolality. Severe hypo-hydration...


Hyper-hydration refers to an excessive amount of water in the body. It is the opposite of dehydration. It is usually caused by excessive fluid intake. Hyper-hydration refers to the status with a minimum urine osmolality.


Euhydration is a normal state of body water – neither dehydrated nor hyperhydrated. In other words, it defines a normal fluctuation in body water content and can be measured by urine osmolality.


Dehydration is the process where body water is lost. It usually occurs as a result of excessive sweating (often when during physical exercise there is not enough fluid intake), vomiting, diarrhea and diuretics. The following are progressive signs of...

8 by 8 rule

The 8 by 8 rule states that drinking 8 glasses of 8 ounces per day of fluids is optimal for your wellness. It is not very clear where the rule comes from and it has many critics. There are several related myths and variations based on the 8 by 8...