What are myths about how much water I should drink?

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Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Some common myths about how much water you should drink include:
  • You only need to drink 3-5 beverages each day, unless you're exercising heavily.
  • People who drink 8-10 beverages a day put an unnecessary strain on their kidneys.
  • It's okay to be mildly dehydrated, as long as you still urinate a couple of times a day.
  • Restricting water is a great way to drop several pounds in a few days.
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