As Derek Zoolander wisely put it, wetness is the essence of life. Whether you like drinking water or not, it accounts for about 60% of your body weight, and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure your body functions normally. But statistics aside, there are a couple of myths about hydration that refuse to die.
You can read about my experience looking into myth #1. I have never attempted to drink that much water since.
The blurb about myth #3 does not mention skim milk or chocolate milk as a recovery drink. Providing you’re not lactose intolerant or have ideological issues with drinking cows milk, it’s hydrating, provides carbs and protein, and a good source of calcium and vitamin D (necessary for processing calcium).
There is also an argument that diuretics (coffee, pop/soda) can be beneficial because they will encourage you to drink more when most aren’t motivated to drink more water. They can be more enjoyable than water – certainly understandable in places where filtration can’t do enough for water. Hard water tastes horrible…