We have all heard we should drink 8-10 glasses of water daily. Most individuals do not drink enough water during the day. Harvard Health (2020) states 4-6 cups per day is usually sufficient.
You may risk becoming dehydrated in the summer when it is extremely warm outside, if you do not drink enough water. Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that’s dark in color. (Harvard Health, 2020).
Believe it or not it is possible to drink too much water, especially for those with thyroid disease, kidney, liver, or heart problems. There are also medications that can cause you to retain water such as opiate pain medications, and some antidepressants (Harvard Health, 2020).
Benefits of drinking water
- carrying nutrients and oxygen to your cells
- flushing bacteria from your bladder
- aiding digestion
- preventing constipation
- normalizing blood pressure
- stabilizing the heartbeat
- cushioning joints
- protecting organs and tissues
- regulating body temperature
- maintaining electrolyte (sodium) balance
- Harvard Health, (2020) How much water such you drink? Retrieved from https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-much-water-should-you-drink