Drinking other beverages (fruit juice, coffee, tea, etc.) does not provide the same health benefits as plain water. In fact, research has shown that women who consumed large quantities of non-water beverages increased their risk of a fatal heart attack by two-and-a-half times! The same study showed that men increased their risk by 50 percent.
Unless you are proactive in your daily intake of water, dehydration could become a way of life. It’s little wonder that 75 percent of Americans are chronically dehydrated. In 37 percent of those studied the thirst sensation is so impaired it’s mistaken for feelings of hunger.
But you can do too much of a good thing. Drinking too much water is rare, but it can happen. Forcing yourself to drink massive amounts of water can cause low blood sodium levels and lead to brain swelling and even death. Most studies show that we need to drink around 64 ounces of water each day.