8 Glasses of Water Is Bad for You? Then I'll Take a Soda


water glassThe following recommendation has been drilled into our heads by doctors and health experts, and by now we know it by heart: We must drink an average of eight glasses of water a day in order to give our skin a healthy glow, to keep our waistlines trim, to maintain healthy kidneys ... the list of health benefits goes on and on.

Except now there are some physicians who are claiming that the eight glasses a day adage is pure nonsense. Here's why:

Dr. Margaret McCartney, a Scottish physician, and others argue that there's no clear evidence showing that water actually improves our health. And, in fact, they suggest that drinking excessive amounts of water may even be bad for us: It can lead to loss of sleep (when you get up to pee in the middle of the night), impair concentration, cause kidney damage, and even bring about a fatal condition called hyponatremia.

Scared yet? Well, then, you should take Dr. McCartney's recommendation and only drink when you are thirsty. Except that's not always a fool-proof measure either ...

With all the confusion and debate surrounding something so simple and basic as water intake, is it any wonder that so many Americans reach for soda instead? I highly doubt there's a significant number of people out there at serious risk simply because they guzzle too much water a day. (I'm a big water drinker, and even I find the eight glasses per day recommendation challenging.) To make people paranoid about something as benign as water seems irresponsible and stupid to me, especially if it's giving them an excuse to reach for an unhealthy alternative.

I think a good rule of thumb when it comes to water drinking -- and with most things -- is common sense and moderation. Because if we're not careful, the next thing they'll be telling us is that excessive walking can lead to two broken legs.

How many glasses of water do you drink a day?


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Meli5... Meli55aG2001

About 4-6 glasses. I try not to drink a lot of soda. I add MIO or make crystal light and iced tea.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

don't drink water unless it's flavor water. i mainly drink ice tea or lemonade.

Carol... Caroline2010

i drink water all day long! no soda! sometimes i will add a crystal light to it but normally its just water! when i was exclusively pumping for my dd i drank a gallon and 1/2 to 2 gallons of water a day to maintain my supply! and yes i went to the bath room A LOT! lol

Groov... Groovyflor1

I drink at least 8 glasses a day.  I'm always thirsty, so it seems better to reach for my water bottle than a soda or coffee. 

Pishyah Pishyah

But, it is clear that soda is bad for us.  The amount of water that we need may not be so simple but it is obvious that all the sugar and crap in soda is BAD.  So, drinking water over soda when thirsty is a better decision. 

RanaA... RanaAurora

I've always argued this. :) The 8 glasses thing just applies to FLUID, really. Not just water. Though it would take more water to cause damage.
Granted, water is better for you than soda, but there is NO harm, nor loss of "bragging rights" if you opt for some tea instead.

halli... hallieballie

I drink a gallon a day, I'm always pregnant or nursing. It's not a hard amount to drink, in fact before my midwife told me I should be drinking that amount I already was... I just didn't know it.

Kat.M. Kat.M.

Ugh! My hubby practically made me chug pure water during pregnancy, it was hell

thedg... thedgoddess

TOns. I don't measure. 8 glasses at least of some sort of fluid. But soda? HELL NO.  Too sugary, too bad for your tummy, rots your teeth...

Wheep... Wheepingchree

I probably drink around a gallon of water a day.  It's all I drink, though - I might have iced tea or coffee 3-4 times a week.  I don't like drinking my calories.

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