There has been a lot of talk about the positive benefits of drinking water when trying to lose weight. It has been shown that those who drink water consume fewer calories, and spend their metabolisms more than their non water drinking counterparts.
Which begs the question, can I drink too much water? Is there such a thing as “too much of a good thing”?
The short answer is yes, it is possible to drink too much water. But let us take a closer look at that.
Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as “water intoxication” where the body is not able to process the excess liquids, and your cells and tissues can begin to swell. This condition can be fatal, or at least cause serious health problems. Excessive water in the system has been shown to disrupt your natural electrolyte balance, put excessive strain on the kidneys, cause irregular heartbeat, and allow fluids to enter the lungs. Very serious stuff.
So that is the bad news about water, but here is the good news.
Okay, so that is the bad news associated with over drinking, but there is plenty of good news as well. Consider this, a healthy adult can process up to 15 liters of water each day, without any ill effects, if the water is drank over time. It would take an enormous volume of water, drank over a very short period of time to cause water intoxication. You almost have to try to get water intoxication, and most adults will feel “full” long before they are able to drink enough water to feel the ill effects of water intoxication.
The original recommendation stands.
The general guideline is that adults will need three quarts of liquids each day. Now, much of that you can get from the foods you eat, but the recommendation is to still supplement your liquid intake with water each day. If it is a warm day, or you are exercising you will need to adjust your water intake accordingly.
So, while it is possible to drink too much water it is not something for most rational adults to be concerned with. Continue to add the recommended dosage of water to your daily regime, which is about 8-10 glasses for most adults, and your will be doing your part to keep your body healthy and fit. So what are you waiting for, head to the kitchen and grab a glass of water today!