Ever since we were kids, we have been told to drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. In the fear of upsetting our elders, we forced ourselves to gulp glasses of water blindly just to meet the required glasses per day. This forced action has become a habit that we’ve brought until adulthood.
Whilst it is a common knowledge that 8 glasses of water every day is a must, contrary to popular belief, this practice could actually harm your health.
Having 8 glasses of water a day is probably a bad idea. Here are the reasons why you should not force yourself to have 8 glasses of water every day.
1. You’re already getting water in your food
Almost all of the food that we eat contains water. Vegetables, fruits, eggs, meat – you name it. All of them have water in it. Even the processed ones like canned goods have water in it. Even though you are eating solid foods like a hamburger, you drown it down with beverages like juices, shakes or coffee.
You don’t have to stress yourself out in drinking the required 8 glasses of water since you probably consumed at least 3 glasses of the food that you have eaten. You could easily overdo drinking water when you are eating foods that are rich in water content and drink 8 glasses of water on top of it.
2. You’re missing out on nutrient-dense beverages
There’s no doubt that water brings a lot of benefits to the body, such as keeping you hydrated and gives you great skin.
But there are a lot of beverages out there that provides not just hydration but nutrients and vitamins as well. One great example is fresh milk which is full of important nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K.
A bowl of homemade bone broth is packed with probiotics, minerals, vitamins and other important nutrients. Surely, this would beat a glass of water.
You would not be able to get as many nutrients as you can if you just solely rely on water alone.
3. You’re throwing off your electrolyte balance
Electrolytes are minerals in your urine, blood and body fluids that have an electric charge. It is important that you maintain the right balance of electrolytes as they help your body’s muscle action, blood chemistry, and other processes.
The level of electrolyte in your body can either become too low or too high. If you are overhydrated, this could knock off the electrolyte’s balance which could result in diarrhea, vomiting, sweating or kidney problems.
4. Water flushes toxins from your system
Water still plays a vital role as it helps flush out toxins from your vital organs as well as carries nutrients to your cells. When your toxins are starting to build up, a good old reliable glass of water can do wonders in helping it flow smoothly and efficiently.
We’re not ruling out the role of water at all. If you are planning to pick on the best diets in 2017, always select the one that comes with drinking water moderately.
5. Too much water can be deadly
Though it’s rare for the average adult, water intoxication can be fatal. This usually occurs in people that are consuming large amounts of water for a competition or athletes that are in endurance sports.
When an excess of water has been taken extremely, you dilute the fluids in your body despite staying hydrated because you are not replenishing electrolytes. In an attempt to balance the electrolytes imbalance, your body will shift the diluted fluid through cells. This could cause swelling or rupture of the cells.
6. By the time you’re thirsty, it’s already too late
Thirst is already a warning sign of your body that you are dehydrated. If you are counting the number of glasses that you have consumed and timed the consumption perfectly so that you get 8 glasses of water every day, you are not listening to the cues and signs sent by your body. By the time that you actually feel thirsty, you have already lost 1-2% of the amount of water in your body.
Water is undeniably necessary to keep us healthy and active, but too much of something, including water, is still not good enough. Don’t watch the number of glasses that you have consumed instead, listen to the cues of your body and follow it when it comes to water consumption.