Common questions and answers about drinking water.

How much water should I drink?

Women should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses a day. Men should drink ten 8-ounce glasses a day.

How can I get motivated to drink more water?

Try the Seven and Seven Challenge if you find drinking that much water difficult.

Can I drink too much water?

It is possible to drink too much water, which leads to hyponatremia or overhydration. 

Do I need to drink a whole glass of water with my medication?

Unless directed otherwise, having a full glass of water when taking medications is a good habit to have. Medications require enough water to dissolve and be absorbed properly. Check with your physician or clinical pharmacist to determine how much water you should drink with your medications.

How can I make water more enjoyable to drink?

One of the most common complaints voiced about drinking water is it doesn’t taste good or has no flavor. Over time, we train our taste buds to respond to flavors, and when we drink something less flavorful than a surgery soda, our taste buds don’t react, and we are left unsatisfied. It may require some effort on your part to reset your tastebuds. Try the seven in seven challenge and see if your tastebuds don’t begin responding to fresh, plain water.

In the meantime, try making special water. Add sprigs of washed mint or basil to your water—pair mint with berries like raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries. Explore citrus with basil. Or, if you want to try something delicious, combine cucumber slices and basil for a refreshing and thirst-quenching beverage that has zero calories!

Getting healthy is not an easy task, and it requires the support of the people around you—including your healthcare provider. Always begin any changes to your health routine with a visit to your Primary Care physician, who can make sure your health plan is safe and will yield the best results for you.

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