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Did You Know You Can Drink Water Wrong?

Drinking water is great, but there are some common mistakes you should try to avoid.


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Juan Pablo Aranovich

2 years ago | 2 min read

Drinking water is great, but there are some common mistakes you should try to avoid.

Have you ever felt tired? Sick? Had a headache? Tried to lose weight? A little hot?

There’s something that you are always told:

Drink a ton of water!

Although drinking water is perfectly fine, you can drink water in the wrong ways.

Here are some of the most common mistakes.

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Six Common Mistakes

1. Drinking Too Much Water

When you drink too much water, you can dilute the electrolytes in your body. This can cause hyponatremia.

In hyponatremia, one or more factors — ranging from an underlying medical condition to drinking too much water — cause the sodium in your body to become diluted. When this happens, your body’s water levels rise, and your cells swell. This swelling can cause many health problems, from mild to life-threatening.

People have died of hyponatremia.

So, if you drink too much, you may become dehydrated.

If you are prone to kidney stones, you should drink at least 2.5 liters of water a day.

2. Drinking Too Quickly

When you drink water too fast, the sodium doesn’t have the chance to balance the fluid.

Sodium goes into the cell too fast, and it creates an imbalance and swelling.

3. The Wrong Fluids

All fluids are not the same as water.

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Coffee and tea have a diuretic effect. They might not be hydrating you.

There are a lot of factors influencing how much fluids you lose (weight, temperature, whether you are exercising).

4. Drinking While Eating

If you drink when you eat, it can dilute your gastric juices.

Drinking while eating decreases your ability to digest, especially if you are over 45 years old.

Consequences: You may end up suffering GERD or acid reflux.

Don’t overdo drinking while eating. If you feel thirsty that’s fine, but try not to drink too much.

5. Drinking Cold Water

Drinking large amounts of cold water can inhibit the vagus nerve, which is responsible for digestion.

Still, cold water is fine. It can even boost your metabolism. Just don’t overdo it.

6. Drinking Tap Water

Tap water is not always safe.

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There are a lot of chemicals in tap water that affects fertility, hormones and your brain.

Some chemicals are carcinogenic.

The legal dose accepted in tap water does not mean they are safe.

Here’s a website that lets you put your zip code and find out tap water quality.



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I am JP and I share my thoughts and knowledge on health, productivity and psychology. I try to leverage neuroscience and science-based tools to be the best version of myself. And I share it so we can all be our bests.


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