How Much Water Is Too Much in a Day?

For years we were told to drink eight glasses of water a day. That recommendation just isn’t right. It originated from a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board paper that said humans require roughly 2.5 liters per day, but the paper also noted we get most of the fluid we need from food and other beverages (fruits, veggies, soup, juice, even beer — all loaded with water). Yet for some reason, the second half of that message got glossed over, while the “drink more water” part became emblazoned in people’s minds. As a result, experts now fear we’ve become so focused on staying hydrated that we’re guzzling water to life-threatening extremes.

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