Water Can’t Prevent Dehydration?!

Sometimes a headline is so absurd that I have to read it a few times to be sure it isn’t a joke. Recently the following headline was sent to me by a friend:

EU bans claim that water can prevent dehydration

The article goes on to note that a group of scientists actually studied this issue for 3 years. And in the end they concluded that there is no scientific evidence to substantiate the claim – which was being made by producers of bottled water – that water can prevent dehydration.

I realize that I’m not adequately trained to evaluate a complex issue like water and its ability to hydrate. However, I would humbly submit that I could have helped them answer the question in considerably less time than 3 years. In fact, I will be so bold as to say a definitive test could have provided an answer in as little as about 2 days.

Until the proper, very costly and time-consuming studies are done, I encourage everyone to do something unscientific: drink pure water, regularly, to prevent dehydration.