New Study Challenges Popular Idea of Mandatory Water Intake

A study published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences challenges the popular idea that we should drink 8 glasses of water a day for health. Drink water according to thirst rather than a schedule, researchers recommend. Image credit: Photoshot. The research, led by Monash University scientists, has revealed the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the body and stops us from over-drinking. The results show that a ‘swallowing inhibition’ is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body. “Drinking too much water in the body puts it in danger of water intoxication or hyponatremia, when vital levels of sodium in the blood become abnormally low potentially causing symptoms ranging from lethargy and nausea to…


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