Is 8 glasses of water per day a myth?


  • There is no scientific evidence that drinking eight glasses of water per day is beneficial for your health.
  • The 8 x 8 rule is not valid, since water requirements vary substantially between individuals.

“8 glasses of water per day” myth

What do we know about this rule?

  1. The 8*8 rule suggests “Drinking 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water per day is beneficial for our wellness”.
  2. 8 cups of 8 ounces of fluids is equivalent to 1,893ml.
  3. It is not clear where this rule is originated, which results in confusion about the scientific studies it references.
  4. It is also not clear whether it relates to water only or any fluids containing water (except for water contained in food) since many interpretations of this rule have circulated. It makes more sense to interpret this as 8 cups of non-alcoholic fluids rather than only water since most of the fluids contain close to 100% of water and caffeinated drinks have shown no effect on dehydration. (read more..)
  5. There are many related myths which use the “8*8 rule” as a base and have attached additional claims (with no scientific backing or even disproven) onto this rule such as: “8*8 rule will help you improve your skin”, “8*8 rule will help you flush toxins from your body”, etc.
  6. It has been shown scientifically that we are bound by an upper limit of how much we can drink. (read more..)
    The minimum amount varies greatly from individual to individual and depends on the amount we need to replenish the water we lose as sweat, breathing or urination.

The lack of clarity on these points surrounding this rule makes it unreliable and even misleading. If you live in a hot climate and are physically active, you will require a lot more fluid than a person who lives in a moderate climate and has a sedentary lifestyle.

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