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Dispelling Hydration Myths With Dr. Mitchell Rosner by CrossFit Media - CrossFit Journal

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October 31, 2015

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On Feb. 20, 2015, experts came together at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, California, for the 2015 CrossFit Conference on Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia, organized by the HEAT Institute. Among the speakers was Dr. Mitchell H. Rosner of the University of Virginia School of Medicine.

In his talk “Drinking in the Data: Fluid Intake and Health,” Rosner disproved several urban myths by explaining that some common hydration guidelines come with little to no scientific backing. For example, many have heard they should drink eight 8-oz. glasses of water a day, but Rosner said the “eight-by-eight prescription” has no scientific basis whatsoever.

Rosner also dismissed the lay-literature claim that people need to drink ahead of thirst.

“It’s really, I think, hard to imagine that evolutionary development somehow left us with a chronic water deficit that has to be compensated by artificially forcing fluid intake. It makes no sense,” Rosner said.

Rosner concluded there is “scant evidence” to support hydration guidelines that state arbitrary and high fluid intake improves health. While some very specific medical conditions might be alleviated by increased fluid intake, Rosner said it’s very concerning that members of the general public mistakenly believe the thirst sensation cannot adequately prevent dehydration.

Video by CrossFit Media.
Edited by Eric Maciel.

23min 4sec

Additional reading: “Drink According to Thirst, Scientists Advise” by Andréa Maria Cecil, published June 29, 2015.

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