In a world that's kind of obsessed with hydration, the idea of refusing to drink water feels a little taboo. But in reality, there are a few instances in which you shouldn't drink water for your health. In these very specific scenarios, downing another bottle of water may do more harm than good.
That said, the general trend toward better hydration is a positive thing overall. So how much water should you drink each day? Well, that simple question does not have a simple answer. As far as average, healthy adults are concerned, the adequate fluid daily intake is 15.5 cups for males and 11.5 cups for females, according to the Mayo Clinic. That said, other health experts simply tell people to drink when they're thirsty, trusting the brain's thirst mechanism to do all the work, according to Healthline. And if you're working out, well, that's a whole other question. Although the exact amounts will vary depending on the individual and their activities, it's generally a good idea to drink 7 to 10 ounces of water for every 10 to 20 minutes of exercise, according to the the University of Michigan's MHealthy Physical Activity Program. For something as simple as water intake, there are a ton of different ideas and recommendations.
There are, however, some times when it's clear that more water is not the answer. Read on to learn more about when you should step back from the tap.