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Do I have to drink eight glasses of water per day?

health water Jul 16, 2018

- Alexandra Hansen of The Conversation Asked five experts

Everyone knows humans need water and we can’t survive without it. We’ve all heard we should be aiming for eight glasses, or two litres of water per day.
 
This target seems pretty steep when you think about how much water that actually is, and don’t we also get some water from the food we eat?
 
We asked five medical and sports science experts if we really need to drink eight glasses of water per day.
 

All five experts said no

Here are their detailed responses:
 
Karen Dwyer 
Deputy Head, School of Medicine
Deakin University

No. You only need to drink to thirst. The best gauge of your hydration level is the colour of your urine. You should aim for light yellow in colour; if very dark then you're dehydrated and need more water; if clear (like water) then you don’t need so much water. Excessive water intake can be dangerous, particularly in those with heart conditions. The...
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