I drink a lot of water. On average I drink a half gallon (64 ounces) to a gallon or a bit more a day. You hear many things about how much water you should drink. Some recommend half your body weight in ounces a day; others say 64 ounces a day. The other day an ER Physician told me I should be careful with how much I am drinking because I could end up with water intoxication. This got me thinking….”how much water really is too much water”. I decided to explore this.
What is water intoxication? Water intoxication happens when one drinks a very large amount of water in a short amount of time and flushes too much sodium out of the blood stream (WebMD, 2016). So how much is too much? According to WebMD, 2016 you would have to drink “An enormous amount. Gallons and gallons of water.” To make sure you are adequately hydrated you should take a look at your urine. If your urine is light yellow or colorless you are properly hydrated (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Also gauge your thirst. If you rarely feel thirsty you are hydrating well (Mayo Clinic, 2016).
Water intoxication is rare and the benefits of drinking water are so vast that I believe drinking too much is not something that I should concentrate on.
Flushes toxins out of your body
Keeps your skin healty and hydrated
Help keeps you full which helps with weight loss
Prevents muscle cramping
These are just a few of the benefits of drinking water and keeping hydrated. Remember your body is made up of mostly water and can’t carry out it’s normal functions without it!
Water: How much should you drink every day?http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/water/art-20044256?pg=2
When You Drink Too Much Water Too Fast, What Can Happen? (n.d.). Retrieved February 03, 2016, from http://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/water-intoxication