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What is the recommended amount of daily water intake/ consumption for an adult?

Updated on January 17, 2016

Drink lots of water, that's what I always hear!

"Drink lots of water", I always hear this message when people are talking about things like dieting, cleansing your system out, relieving dry skin and so on .

Then I heard this story awhile ago about a young lady that died from the result of drinking too much water in too short of a time period.

I'm not a big water drinker, however, while I was pregnant I seemed to "crave" water and crushed ice like crazy. I didn't want to die from it though, nor due damage to my unborn child, so off I go to do some research before I asked my doctor as I didn't want to appear too unintelligent! The whole time thinking- I wonder how we made it as kids? We didn't have much else too drink around my house but water and usually in the summer time that water came from the garden hose!

So my first research was done on the dangers of drinking "too much water" . I found out that if you drink too much water in too short of time it is very dangrous and , yes, it can kill you. "Too much water" translates into , more than you kidneys can process in a very short time period without removing it through unrination or sweating.

What happens when you have too much, too fast?

Though very uncommon, one could take in too much water too fast, putting strain on the body and organs such as:

  1. Your kidneys start working like crazy to push this water through your system to get it out & the minerals in your blood are diluted resulting in "Hyponatremia" or low sodium levels in blood
  2. Drinking too much water can also increase your total blood volume putting an unnecessary burden on your heart & blood vessels

What are the symptoms I may have too much water in too little time?

  • Headache- too much water can end up in the cells swelling and in the brain your skull can not expand, this is the extreme and cause death! This could possibly happen in a water drinking contest or a marathon race
  • The lighter side is urinating more than twice in an hour and your urine is clear

60% of Our Body Weight Is Water!

Recommended Daily Water Intake

Since 60% of our body weight is water and every system in our bodies depends on water to flush toxins, carry nutrients and provide moisture to our ears, nose and throat tissues, it's important that we stay well hydrated.

We lose water everyday by breath, sweat and urine and bowel movements. Food accounts for 20% of replacement, so if you consume 2 liters of water( or other beverage) a day, a little more than 8 cups, along with a normal diet your basically replacing all lost fluids.

The Institute of Medicene recommends:

  • For Men: 3 liters or 13 cups a day
  • For Women: 2.2 liters or 9 cups a day
  • For Pregnant Women: 2.4 liters or 10 cups a day
  • For Breast Feeding Women: 3.0 liters or 12.5 cups a day
  • Exercise: an extra 1 to 2 cups
  • Enviorment: Hot /Humid weather or Heated air, extra water
  • Higher Altitudes:Increase urination and breathing, so water intake should increase
  • Sickness: Vomiting, Diarrhea, bladder infections and Urinary Tract stones should also increase your water intake


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      Amanda 3 years ago

      Beryl , what an Beryl , what an amazing reipce, I followed your directions to the T and it was amazing my wife and 2 children 3 & 5 yrs old all ate it up. AMAZING , That night the kids slept wit my wife & I because they do that some nights and all 4 of us were in our king size bed and Laughing because those beans gave us some wonderful anal artillary. I will check out some of your other video's as wellBlessings and Grace,Warren Tibbs , KC Missouri

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      dr.ravi l 6 years ago

      Nice One !

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      KLeichester 7 years ago

      This hub is very helpful. Thanks for posting.

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      Tyent Universe Water Ionizers 7 years ago

      There's a million reasons to drink water. Overall it's one of the best things to make sure your getting plenty of. Water is really the basis of life.

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      Katy 7 years ago

      I should have read this yesterday. Yesterday in the morning I realised I do not drink enough water. At the end of yesterday, the amount of water I drank was 4.5L

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      Mark Moller 8 years ago

      It's also important to remember that things like drinking soda and alcohol can dehydrate our bodies as well, so we have to compensate by drinking extra water.

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      vshining 8 years ago from Ellenwood GA

      Enjoyed your hub. I really did not know the danger in drinking to much water. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      monitor 9 years ago from The world.

      This is a great informative hub, Just Toyia. Not many people know of the dangers of drinking too much water too fast. I only heard about it a while ago myself but this is the type of knowledge that should be passed on quickly, especially considering the hot weather of late. Thanks for sharing what you know on the topic.

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      WeddingConsultant 10 years ago from DC Metro Area

      I'd also add that drinking any carbonated drink and/or coffee and other drinks actually decrease your hydration as it requires more liquid to extract the water from them than you actually get!

      Thanks for the informative hub.

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      vreccc 10 years ago from Concord, NH

      my pleasure. i look forward to reading more of your hubs

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      Just Toyia 10 years ago from Tennessee

      Yea, I was reading something about if you drink the bottled water made by the soda companies they have like zero minerals or anything- Thanks for the comment!

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      vreccc 10 years ago from Concord, NH


      I'm very frustrated about the water situation. I also don't like all the floride they put in it. It's also frustrating to have to buy bottled water to get anything halfway decent, and I'm even skeptical about that.

      Nice hub! It's a little depressing. Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power.