The ideal amount of water you should drink daily isn’t eight eight-ounce glasses. That’s just a myth. The ideal amount? As much as you need to stay hydrated. No more. No less. The benefits of drinking eight glasses of water a day aren’t backed by solid medical evidence. While it is clear that humans cannot survive for longer than several days without water, very little research has assessed how an average individual’s health is affected by drinking extra fluids. Want more?
- Water that is sipped slowly is retained by the body, while water that is gulped is excreted.
- There is no proof that drinking water will help people feel full and curb their appetite so they can more easily lose weight.
- Headaches are not caused by water deprivation.
- Staying hydrated is not an elixir for improved skin tone. Bottom line: There is no clear benefit to drinking a lot of water. If you’re thirsty, drink water. If not, don’t worry about it.