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Does drinking lots of water protect your kidneys?

2021-06-22T15:06:14.846Z

HEALTH ADVICE - Drinking large amounts of water is known to help "clean" this filter organ. Myth or reality ?



It is a very common idea: drinking lots of water would "cleanse" the body by helping the kidneys to eliminate toxins.

Of course, water is essential for the proper functioning of the human body - approximately 60% of it is made up of it.

But for all that, it does not have the therapeutic powers that are attributed to it.

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“A

lot of people think that by drinking a lot they will cleanse themselves well, but in reality that does not change their health.

When you drink a lot of water when you don't need it, you eliminate it by urinating more, that's all,

”explains Professor Stéphane Burtey, professor of nephrology at Aix-Marseille University.

Thirst, a very effective warning

In practice, the amount of water that we instinctively drink is the one that best meets our needs.

"

We are well calibrated to naturally manage our water intake, thanks to thirst which is a powerful stimulus

", explains Pr Burtey.

“This sensation starts long before the body runs out of water.

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Source: lefigaro

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