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"Water prevents sunburn"

Friday, September 2017 09:22:28:17

Hydration prevents sunburn, according to Tom Brady

Tom Brady's new book reveals his tricks, which are extremely questionable and extraordinarily unscientific. One of the claims in the book is that he doesn't get sunburned because he drinks 2.5 gallons of water a day.🤔

Tom wrote in his book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, that he stopped getting sunburn thanks to his water consumption.

"When I was growing up, and playing outside in the sun, I got sunburned a lot. I was a fair-skinned Irish boy, after all," he wrote, as transcribed by SB Nation.

"These days, even if I get an adequate amount of sun, I won’t get a sunburn, which I credit to the amount of water I drink."

"I always hydrate afterward, too, to keep my skin from peeling. When I once told that to my sister, she said, 'You mean I don’t have to use all those moisturizers and facial products to keep my skin looking good? I should just drink as much water as you do? I think you should market your TB12 Electrolytes as a beauty product.' I just laughed."

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, however, drinking copious amounts of water is not one of the listed methods for preventing skin damage from ultraviolet rays. To best avoid damage, the CDC instead recommends staying out of the sun, wearing long-sleeved clothing and hats, wearing sunglasses, and applying sunscreen.

There is no evidence that drinking a lot of water can prevent you from getting sunburn. The best ways to avoid sunburn are to use sunscreen and stay in the shade.

The Food and Nutrition Board's advice (recommended by the CDC) says women should take in approximately 2.7 liters (0.6 gallons) of total water a day (from all beverages and foods), and men an average of  3.7 liters (0.8 gallons). Brady drinks up to 2.5 gallons, which is probably fine for him as an athlete but is pushing at unhealthy levels for non-athletes.

Ran DeBord is a Sr. Editor with All Access Sporting News  (AASNSports)

Sources for this article include:

Deadspin, SI, AP, Wikipedia, Twitter, AASNSports

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