can you drink too much water each day?

can you drink too much water? - water is great but can drink too much?
Canada
April 22, 2007 6:00pm CST
In a word, yes. Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication and to a related problem resulting from the dilution of sodium in the body, hyponatremia. Water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under six months of age and sometimes in athletes. A baby can get water intoxication as a result of drinking several bottles of water a day or from drinking infant formula that has been diluted too much. Athletes can also suffer from water intoxication. Athletes sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes. Water intoxication and hyponatremia result when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes. It's Not How Much You Drink, It's How Fast You Drink It! The kidneys of a healthy adult can process fifteen liters of water a day! You are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink a lot of water, as long as you drink over time as opposed to intaking an enormous volume at one time. As a general guideline, most adults need about three quarts of fluid each day. Much of that water comes from food, so 8-12 eight ounce glasses a day is a common recommended intake. You may need more water if the weather is very warm or very dry, if you are exercising, or if you are taking certain medications. The bottom line is this: it's possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition. Cheryl
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@disvachic (10125)
• United States
23 Apr 07
Yes you can drink to much water and its called water intoxification.That is when to much water enter the body cells,then the tissues swells from excessive fluid.What I want to know how much is to much then?I drink plenty of water for my skin.
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@disvachic (10125)
• United States
23 Apr 07
i meant intoxication*
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• Canada
23 Apr 07
your exactly right about the condition I had no idea but your right we do need water for our skin or organs to work correctly.It is finding the correct combination.I guess what they say is correct everything in moderation thanks so much for responding Cheryl
• India
23 Apr 07
It is a good information. But having anything more than what is required is not good for health. Whatever you eat and drink if you eat or drink fast that too is not good for health. Eating and drinking in a phased manner is always good for health.
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• Canada
23 Apr 07
your correct moderation is the key to eating and drinking are bodies don;t like to do things in extremes and react poorly to it by becoming ill or even dying. thanks so much for your post Cheryl
@jennybianca (12918)
• Australia
23 Apr 07
I have heard of this. Some one once tried to break a record with drinking water over a period of time. He over did it & became very ill. My daughter is an elite athlete (swimmer), & she has to drink water regularly.
• Canada
23 Apr 07
Oh i had not heard of this story but I can imagine he did get very sick. wow you must be so proud of you daughter hon and of course an athletes need for hydration will increase as the energy she or he burns. I hope she continues to do wonderfully. thanks for responding hugs Cheryl
@vamisola (906)
• Australia
23 Apr 07
thanks for the good information.
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• Canada
23 Apr 07
your more than welcome I love that about Mylot is can be a great source or information and a good knowledge base thanks for responding Cheryl
@rb200406 (1825)
• India
23 Apr 07
Yes you are right.I knew about the situation.Actually one should not drink too much water at one go specially if one is dehydrated.water should be taken in small quantities over a period of time.Thanks for the information.
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• Canada
23 Apr 07
again the key is moderation and your welcome I just happy so many of us already knew the story. slow and steady applies to most things in life lol thanks for commenting its much appreciated Cheryl
@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
2 May 07
Because I go to the gym five times a week I have to consume a lot of water to replace all the body fluids I lose through sweating. Doing a 1.5 to 2 hour session five days a week I need a lot of water to replace and replenish my stocks. I usually take a 1.5 litre bottle of water with me each day to the gym which I easily guzzle. I drink lots of blackcurrant cordial during the day and I have even switched from tap to bottle water as I drink so much and I'm concerned about tap water being good for me. I did hear of one person drinking too much water that she killed herself but it is extremely rare indeed.
@twils2 (1821)
• United States
30 Apr 07
You know, I've never heard this before. Thank you for this information. I believe that I have heard that most people dont drink enough water. I know I dont drink 8 glasses a day. Take care!!