How much water should I drink?
Just to let you know that this is my first post. I don't know why I'm saying this. I guess I just want to introduce myself. I'm Darren, I'm 18, and I'm from the UK.
For many months now, I have been striving to drink at least two litres of water a day. I'm aware that "two litres a day" is the figure tossed around by a considerable number of experts. On the whole, I have managed to stick with this - although I will occasionally fall short of the two litre mark.
As I said, I have been working towards at least two litres, and for a while, I aimed much higher, at times trying to drink as much as six litres in a single day. I ought to stress now that this was not an addiction. It was (at least I think it was) an attempt to stay healthy.
However, I recently read an article in a newspaper which spoke regarding the dangers of drinking too much water. According to the article, drinking absurd amounts of water can flush vital salts and minerals out of the system, and in some cases, over-consumption of water has caused people to lapse into comas and even die.
Inevitably, I was more than a little scared, and decided that it was best to stop drinking so much. I still drink between two or three litres of water a day - obviously nowhere near as much as I used to.
Should I believe this article? Are the health risks significant? Is there anyone here who drinks a lot of water (4 litres +) regularly, and if so, have you ever experienced any side effects? Is there even any point in drinking so much water?
Darren (from the UK)