How Many Bottles of Water a Day is Too Much?

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The number of water bottles a day that is too much varies from person to person. While drinking 4 bottles daily might be too much for some individuals, it could be barely enough for others.

Health professionals recommend adults to drink 64 ounces of water daily. And this amount could still be too much for some people.

On the other hand, The U.S National Academies for Sciences recommend men to drink 3.7 liters of water daily and women 2.7.

Generally, there’s no way of telling the exact number of water bottles that is too much to drink in a day.

What Can Happen When You Drink Too Much Water?

What Can Happen When You Drink Too Much Water

Too much of a good thing can turn out to be dangerous. Overhydration can be life-threatening. It can result in more than just frequent visits to the restroom.

When you drink too much water, you can disrupt your brain function or experience water intoxication.

Too much water in the cells (e.g. brain cells) can result in swelling. When brain cells swell, they cause pressure in the brain leading to confusion, drowsiness, and headaches.

If this pressure increases, it can lead to hypertension and low blood rate (bradycardia).

Drinking a lot of water can lead to hyponatremia, also known as water intoxication. The condition causes low sodium levels in the bloodstream and can lead to severe health problems like a coma.

In rare cases, it can also lead to death if left untreated for long.

How Do You Know That You Are Drinking Too Much Water?

One of the best ways to tell if you are drinking too much water is by checking the color of your urine. If your pee is clear (almost like water), you are drinking too much water.

Additionally, if you are taking more trips to the bathroom than usual, chances are, you are overhydrated. On average, you should pee up to 8 times a day.

Sometimes, nausea or vomiting can also result from overhydration. This usually happens when the kidneys can’t remove excess water from your body.

The extra water collects in your body leading to nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

Overhydration can also result in discoloration of the feet, hands, and lips. It can also cause throbbing headaches, brain impairment, and trouble breathing.

Sometimes, tiredness or fatigue can also result from drinking excess water. This is simply because when you drink too much water, your kidneys work extra hard to remove it from the body.

The process of removing the excess water from the body creates a hormonal reaction that makes you feel tired.

FAQs

Q: Is it okay to drink 5 bottles of water a day?

Most disposable water bottles hold around 16 ounces of water. Taking 5 bottles of water daily translates to 80 fluid ounces, which is okay.
However, if you work out a lot or live in an arid area, drink more. 80 ounces of water a day are a little on the lower side for pregnant women as well.

Q: Is 8 bottles of water a day too much?

8 bottles of water a day may be too much for some individuals and just enough for others, especially men.
According to the U.S National Academies of Sciences, women should take about 2.7 liters of water daily and men around 3.7 liters.
That would be about 7 to 8 bottles of water for men and 5 to 6 for women.

Q: Are 4 bottles of water a day enough?

The most popular water recommendation from health experts is eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily. A glass of water is equivalent to 8 ounces of water.
Therefore, you should drink 64 ounces of water daily, which equals 4 bottles of water daily.
Drinking 4 bottles of water daily is, therefore, enough to keep you hydrated all day long.

Q: Is a gallon of water a day too much?

A gallon of water daily is not too much for most people, especially for sportsmen or gym enthusiasts. It’s also just enough for people ( like construction workers) who spend most of their days working outdoors in the hot sun.
However, it might be a little too much for individuals suffering from end-stage kidney disease or congestive heart failure.

Q: How many liters a day?

The U.S National Academies of Sciences suggests that men should take 3.7 liters of water daily. Women should drink about 2.7 liters.
Generally, aim to drink at least 2 liters daily. This is equivalent to health professionals’ recommendation of 8 eight-ounce glasses per day.

Q: How many glasses of water a day?

You should drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. Aim to drink more if you are highly active or live in an arid area.

References

  1. https://www.nationalacademies.org/news/2004/02/report-sets-dietary-intake-levels-for-water-salt-and-potassium-to-maintain-health-and-reduce-chronic-disease-risk
  2. https://www.healthline.com/health/overhydration
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/how-much-water-should-you-drink-per-day
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