So much for “drink a lot of water, as many glasses as you want.” It turns out there is a limit to how much water is healthy. Here’s everything you need to know.
While it is true that a lot of people are not drinking enough water, it turns out that you shouldn’t drink as much as you want.
Scientists are not all on the same page with the amount, but according to Mayo Clinic, the recommended average amount for an adult man is 3.7 liters a day. For a woman, that amount changes to 2.7 liters.
What happens if you drink more?
If you were under the impression that no water intake could harm you, unfortunately, that is not correct. You can actually get water intoxication, also known as overhydration.
When this happens, your body suffers an imbalance because your kidneys can’t handle all the water intake. A good way of checking your water balance is by (this is science, really) taking a quick peek at the color of your urine. The goal? Pale yellow. Darker means you need to drink more water. Lighter means you have had enough and should stop.
Mind the timing
While there is a limit to water intake, it is not only how much you drink, but also how long you take to drink it. Scientists believe that you are at a higher risk of water intoxication if you take a lot of water in a short period of time. However, if you pace your consumption, you will give your kidneys plenty of time to process it.