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Pick up almost any lifestyle magazine, turn to a random page (that isn’t an ad), and chances are you’ll see some version of the same tip: Drink more water. Dry skin? You’re probably dehydrated. (Nope, that’s a myth.) Feeling off? Drinking plenty of water is a form of self-care. Not sleeping well? Be sure to increase your water intake during the day, but take it easy in the evenings because you don’t want to be running to the bathroom all night.
Given all this pro-hydration advice, it’s no wonder some people feel pressured to force themselves to drink eight glasses of water each day—even if, in truth, it’s not really in their best interest. Don’t get us wrong: water is absolutely an essential part of our overall health, and becoming dehydrated can lead to all sorts of problems. But where hydration is concerned, it is possible to drink too much water. Here’s what to know about drinking far more water than you need to, or overhydration, including the signs, risks, and treatments.
Is it possible to drink too much water?
How much water should you actually drink per day?
Warning signs you’re drinking too much water:
What are the biggest risks of drinking too much water?
How to prevent and treat overhydration.