Are we drinking too much water?
I follow a lot of real food bloggers, and lately I've seen a lot of posts about NOT drinking the standard 8 - 8 oz glasses of water (and definitely not half your body weight in oz). I'm not really sure what I personally think about it, but I was curious what everyone else thinks.
Basically, their argument is that we're overhydrated and it throws off the electrolyte balance in our body and slows down our metabolism, among other things. We should learn to trust our bodies and only drink when thirsty. There is a list of symptoms of overhydration (not water intoxication, that's far more serious), including cold extremities, light-headedness, brain fog, low body temperature.
Here's one article about it, in case you're curious where I'm getting all of this: 8 Reasons NOT To Drink 8 Glasses of Water A Day
When I did really think about it, I realized that when I had been really pushing to drink 120 oz of water a day (half my body weight in oz), that I was constantly cold and I'd get light-headed when I stood up from my desk in the mornings at work. I thought it was a blood pressure issue, but when I'd check it, it would be normal. I haven't been cold or dizzy much recently, but I also have been slacking on my water as well.
Like I said, I'm not exactly sure what I personally believe. It could have been a coincidence or related to something else that just doesn't stick out in my mind. But I find it interesting...