I once had a friend tell me that he drank over 8 liters of water in one day for a week. IN ONE DAY. He had heard from some distant facts on the internet that’s how much you’re supposed to drink, and so he did. Turns out that the 8 liters was actually supposed to be 8 cups (which equates to 2 liters) and so he had drunk 4 times the amount of water you’re supposed to be drinking. Thankfully, nothing bad happened to him — he just had to go to the washroom a lot. But how much water is too much? And how bad is to have too much or too little water?
According to the National Health Association (NHA), on average you’re supposed to drink 8 cups of water, but that’s just an average. Truthfully, people don’t know how much you should drink.
Some people say that you should drink water only when you feel thirsty. If you drink otherwise, the rest of it is going to be excreted as urine anyways.
The best way to dictate how much water you should drink is to use the 8 as an arbitrary number.
Instead, check how many times you’re going to the washroom every day. If it’s 5 times, then you’re around that ballpark.
You can also check the color of your urine. Your urine should be a light lemonade color — but not white. If it’s too clear then you’re probably overdrinking. If it’s too dark you’re dehydrated!