Can You Drink Too Much Water? We Investigate

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Water is legitimately the answer to all of our problems. Want to boost your metabolism? Drink more water. Want glowy, clear skin? Drink more water. Want to meet your fitness goals? Drink more water. We’ve all been told time and time again that staying hydrated is the best thing we can possibly do for our bodies—but can there ever be too much of a good thing? The golden rule is downing eight glasses per day, which already seems like a stretch to some but can be a walk in the park for others. Everyone’s body is completely different, which means the recommended water intake can vary depending on the person.

Truth is everything has its limits, and as healthy as water is, it’s certainly not excluded from that narrative. Can you drink too much water? Absolutely. Overhydrating yourself is a serious scenario that can lead to dangerous health conditions known as hyponatremia. It can happen to anyone who overdoses on the amount of H20 they’re consuming. So how do you control your hydration levels? We tapped three registered dietitians to give us the rundown on serious signs of overhydration. Read on for advice from registered dietitian Lisa Moskowitz, nutritionist Ali Heller, and registered dietitian and owner of Genki Nutrition Jonathan Valdez on all the water-related concerns you need to know about.