Weight loss groups recommend eight glasses of 8 ounces of water a day. If 8 were good would 16 be even better?


Thanks for the Answer to the question about the number of calories per day. You said 12 X Goal, that really helps me a lot.

I have another question. I have heard how important it is to drink water. In most weight loss groups I have seen, they recommend at least eight glasses of 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If 8 were good would 16 be even better? Can a person drink to much water?

Yes, it is possible for a person to drink too much water. It is called water intoxication. What happens is the sodium level in the blood reaches very low levels (because of dilution by excess water which can only be excreted in the urine, sweat or breath). This disturbs water balance in the brain, which can cause epileptic seizures and even death.

Research has shown that a person can safely drink up to 10 liters of water a day. That would equal 10 one-liter bottles of water. An exception would be persons with kidney disease who are limited in the amount of water they can drink per day. Persons with bladder infections benefit from increasing their water intake.