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How much water should I drink a day?

A questions that is sent to the Healthy Hideout more often than most is “How much water should I drink a day?”

Past studies have shown that we simply don’t drink enough water in order to maintain good health. Although we take in a lot more water than we think from the food we eat, and includes that early morning cup of tea, it’s still important to drink water throughout the day.

Balance is key

It’s important to not drink too much water as this can be dangerous. Drinking excessive amounts of water can lead to water intoxication, in which the water content of the blood is increased causing salt content to become diluted. Consequently this lack of salt can lead to severe problems with the brain, heart and muscle operation.

So do you think your drinking too much?

Initial signs of over drinking include headaches and confusion, but these symptoms are very similar to those caused by dehydration. The only true way to understand your hydration levels is to keep track of your water intake – You could be drinking too little or you’re drinking far too much.

How much should you be drinking?

The British Dietetic Associations states that the average adult should look to consume around 2.5 litres per day – just under 4 pints. Furthermore, this amount will change depending on climate and physical activity. If you’re planning to jog around the block on a hot summers day, then take more water into account.

So how much water do you drink each day? Are you giving your body what it needs?