Do We Really Need 8 Glasses of Water a Day?

The common advice to drink eight glasses of water a day doesn’t hold water, say nutrition and kidney specialists who want to dispel the myth. Photo Credit: Greg Riegler Photography via Flickr.

8 Glasses of Water a Day Unnecessary?

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


J.L. A.
JL A.2 years ago

good to know

Mandi Rose
Amanda Adams3 years ago

I drink way more water than 8 glasses. Thanks

Kathy Perez
Kathy Johnson3 years ago

WIN! I detest water. I thought i was alone, but actually I have met a number of people who simply do not enjoy drinking water. I prefer juices and teas

Dubravka T.
Dubravka T.3 years ago

I never couldn't drink 8 glasses a day

Dale Overall

Interesting, the Newslook box states re: the CBC video: "Sorry, playback is not allowed in your region".

Well, fine, but CBC did an item on this two days ago which went into an urban myth about needing 8 glasses of purely water, not tea or whatever.

Never drink that amount of purely water, but water is included with my home made ginger tea and other water based drinks, while surviving off the water in veggies, fruits. Still alive as who wants to drink Smith Falls water or water out of a plastic bottle!

Phillipa W.
Phillipa W.3 years ago

I guess it depends on what you're doing and if you're sick or pregnant etc

Elaine A.
Elaine Al Meqdad3 years ago

A GIANT NO!!! Your body will always tell you when you are beginning to dehydrate!

MarilynBusy ForCharities
3 years ago

I've known 3 people who ended up in the hospital with hypokalemia....from washing all the potassium out of their bodies by drinking too much water.
Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

Your body knows how much you need to drink.

Biby C.
Biby C.3 years ago

I think it depends on each individual's body and lifestyle. I have a terribly high metabolism and I tend to sweat easily.I also exercise a fair bit. So I'll probably die from dehydration if I don't drink enough water. It differs from person to person. You are the best judge as to whether you need to drink water and the quantity to drink.