Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 34-36
You can safely drink water from an active stream if it is tumbling over rocks enough to become aerated. Another myth regarding water states that it is safe to drink water from an active stream that is tumbling over rocks enough to become aerated. Actually, the water around a tumbling brook looks fresh and appealing. If you are lost in the wild and you happen to find this, you will probably feel very tempted to give it a try and have yourself a glass. After all it is not dangerous, is it? Yes, it is very dangerous and this is just another false myth. Tumbling brooks might look clear and safe to the naked eye but the truth is they can be infested with cryptosporidium or giardia, which can cause severe illnesses. The fact that the water is aerated does not necessarily means that these parasites are killed in the process. As usual with water in the wild, if you don’t have a choice, filter and boil the water before drinking it. See myths 22 and 29.
All Boiled Water Is Equal. This is another very dangerous myth about water purification. Boiling water will not clean water completely. You need to consider first how dirty the water is. Rainwater or standing water might be purified. Chemically contaminated water will not be clean by boiling it. What you should do before any boiling would be to filter the water. Always have a commercial filter in case you need it. Filtering the water through a clean shirt is also a good idea that can guarantee even further the quality of the water. In conclusion, do not assume that all boiled water is equal. Water might come from very different places and we need to cleanse it properly before drinking it if we want to avoid all the troubles associated with drinking contaminated water.
You Need To Drink 8 Glasses Of Water Daily Another myth about water claims that you need to drink 8 glasses of it daily. From your mother to magazines or even doctors, you have heard this a hundred of times. However, this is nothing more than another wrong myth. Just because you heard it a thousand times when you were a kid, do not be worried if you are in the wild and cannot drink the recommended 8 glasses. Of course staying hydrated is very important, but this could also be achieved by taking other actions such as eating less salty food and increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables. Veggies are indeed great to keep you from dehydration. In a survival situation, stay hydrated, as it is crucial to survive but worry about other things first such as having a nice shelter. Collect fruits and vegetables and you will be fine, for a limited time of course. Note that you might actually need way more than 8 glasses of water in a hot weather.
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