Do you drink enough H20?

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

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Water keeps every system in the body functioning properly. The Harvard Medical School Special Health Report (2020) notes that water has many important jobs, such as:

  • 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
  • Reference
  • Harvard Health, (2020) How much water such you drink? Retrieved from

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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