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To wash your chicken or not wash your chicken: that is the question that has plagued home cooks for decades.

Slimy, covered in pink and red specks — or even feathers, some claim — it may seem like common sense to wash off your chicken before dousing it in spices and marinades.

But Jennifer Quinlan, a professor and interim chair of food and nutrition sciences at Drexel University, tells Inverse that washing your chicken is actually doing more harm than good. It could even land you in the hospital if you’re not careful.

“The minute you introduce water, you

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Your body is 60% water, health and fitness experts will tell you, and replenishing your body with its most vital necessity is one of the cornerstones of a healthy and active life. According to the Journal of Biological Chemistry, your brain and heart are 73% water, your lungs are 83% water, your muscles are 79% water, your skin is 64% water, and even your bones are composed of 31% water. After all, this is why consuming enough H20 provides energy, optimizes your metabolism, brightens your skin, and helps your body flush out toxins and focus your brain.

That being

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The warmer weather and longer days have inspired reminders to “stay hydrated” and drink eight glasses of water – or about two liters – a day.

Not to burst anyone’s water bottle, but healthy people can actually die from drinking too much water. I am an exercise physiologist, and my research focuses on overhydration and how drinking too much water affects the body. Since water – and sodium – balance is essential to life, it is extremely rare for people to die from drinking too much – or too little – fluid. In most cases, your body’s finely tuned

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