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Eight Glasses of Water Daily? Not Necessary, Says Glasgow GP

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We have long been advised to drink “six to eight glasses of water or other fluids a day” according to official NHS guidelines. But a GP from Glasgow has hit the headlines this week after stating that these guidelines are “nonsense.” Dr Margaret McCartney said “it would seem that water is not a simple solution to multiple health problems.”

The week’s news has also been punctuated by reports of the potential consequences of drinking too much water. Real life stories of people who have been addicted to water and ended up seriously ill in hospital through drinking too much have been reported. The affliction is called hyponatraemia. The condition is caused by a lack of sodium in the blood. While it can present itself in different ways, one cause is by drinking too much water. This in turn dilutes the amount of sodium in the bloodstream. Symptoms include headaches, sweating, being sick and it can be fatal if not treated.

Dr McCartney pointed out there was no evidence to support the advice regularly given out by the NHS. In her words she said it was “not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense.”

For their part, the NHS is sticking by their advice. But as Dr McCartney pointed out, there has yet to be a study that supports the idea of drinking this much water every day to help your health. In truth, this amount of water can be partly ingested simply by eating foods that contain water.

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