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Drinking eight glasses of water is bad for your health

Common guidelines that advise everyone should drink at least six to eight glasses of water everyday has been dismissed as “not only nonsense, but...

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|Jul 13|magazine6 min read

Common guidelines that advise everyone should drink at least six to eight glasses of water everyday has been dismissed as “not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense.”

Doctor Margaret McCarthy, a GP, has claimed there is no evidence to prove drinking such amounts of water is good for your health.

She has even gone so far as to say that consuming eight glasses of water on a daily basis can in fact be unhealthy and has branded dehydration dangers as a “myth."

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It is thought that drinking lots of water can impair sleep as people often wake up needing to go to the toilet.

There are also additional concerns that drinking when you are not thirsty can inhibit concentration, contradicting popular belief that water can boost concentration levels.

Other evidence has shown that the chemicals present in bottled water can have negative effects on one’s health.

Dr McCarthy has also said that excessive drinking could lead to hyponatraemia, a fatal condition in which the salt levels in the body suddenly drop and subsequently cause swelling on the brain.  

It is also believed that drinking water can aid weight loss for dieter’s by suppressing the appetite, but the report, which is featured in the British Medical Journal, says this is not the case.

Drinking water is also supposed to help to prevent headaches, help manage dry skin, improve the condition of nails and help to prevent renal and urinary infections.