Drinking plenty of water is bad for health?

@suchi60 (913)
India
July 31, 2009 1:11am CST
I came across an article in a local newspaper recently which stated that a panel of doctors had found excessive drinking of water could lead to health problems. Is this true? I thought that water kept our stomach clean and also protected us from dehydration. Could someone clarify?
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@vicky30 (4777)
• India
11 Aug 09
For thin people drinking plenty of water is bad for heath as it removes the fat content from the body.Water has got plenty of health benefits also as you said.We should drink eight glasses of water a day.We should drink how much our body wants.If we sacrifice water we may get dehydration and other problems.
• United States
3 Aug 09
Most people would have to drink an excess of 7 or 8 gallons of water a day to be in danger of water-related health problems. And it's called water intoxication. Yeah, you actually get drunk from water. Pretty common in rehab centers actually... But what happens is that you tamper with your healthy level of electrolytes, you might cause brain swelling, and your kidneys will be pushed to do double overtime to push all of that excess water out of your body. Not to mention thinner blood - so if you happen to cut yourself, expect it to be awhile before the bleeding stops. It's kind of like plants - they need healthy, regular amounts of water, but if you give them too much? You drown them.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
2 Aug 09
Drinking plenty of water is bad for your health....... Hummm,I would have to scratch my head on this matter my friend. I mean how much is plenty. Do you mean over eight glasses a day. What if I drink ten or twelve. Would that still be bad for my health. I think not, when you consider that most people don't even drink eight glasses a day anyhow. If someone was to drink two or three gallons of water per day, that would mean they probably need to go and see a doctor because it could be something more serious going on in their body. That would be the reason for the excessive thirst. Otherwise I wouldn't worry much about that article but if you could post some of the findings it would help to give us greater clarification into this subject. In my opinion, the average person that is drinking six to eight glasses of water a day is doing just fine. It's good for flushing out the kidneys and other vital organs. Happy mylot my good friend and thanks for posting. Please be sure to add me to your friend's list. Take care!
@jdyrj777 (6556)
• United States
2 Aug 09
I believe the key word here is "excessive". Everything in moderation is good. All the good things you heard about water is true. We hear all the time about what is good and what is not good. But the key to everything is moderation.
2 Aug 09
Well I have heard that it can actually kill you if you drink far too much - I must imagine it would be an enormous amount you would have to drink for this to happen
@jojorv (201)
• Philippines
2 Aug 09
maybe you'll drown if you drink too much water. lol... i think the key is too much and too little of everything is bad for us.
• United States
2 Aug 09
I believe they were talking about bottled water. Because they are finding a chemical in the water bottles that is getting into our bodies and poisoning us slowly.
• United States
2 Aug 09
Most people today do not drink enough water. It is true that you can overhydrate yourself enough to make you sick or even kill you but this is very rare. You have to drink water constantly for an extended period of time. This normally only happens to marathon runners trying to avoid dehydration, they overhydrate themselves just before the race. Unless you are constantly drinking water it is not a problem. You should not drink too much water at one time, try to spread the water you drink out so that your body can better absorb it and not become overwhelmed.
@flaky03 (225)
• Philippines
1 Aug 09
Water is an essential requirement to survive as we live. It is a necessity more than just a need similar that we need to have a shelter to live or clothes to wear on or food to eat for survival. Water is needed to perform such body processes. It might have been that part of that research that you have read is true or maybe those researchers had focused rather on the water quality.
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
1 Aug 09
It depends on what is meant by "too much". I know that water can be toxic if you drink a very lot, but most people don't drink that much most of the time. I think it has to do with washing too much sodium and potassium out of your system and without those, you will die. I think it takes several gallons of water for that to happen, but I haven't looked at any articles on this lately. I think if you stick to the 8 glasses a day, you are safe, or even a little more if it is hot. I just wouldn't overdo it because that is when you would get in trouble. Does that help?
@is9006 (4)
1 Aug 09
We people do need plenty of water every. Every person need at least seven to eight cups of water everyday ,especially in summer after you do exercises. Anything is not absolutely good or bad.What we should do is to gain the maximum benefit and the minimum damage. We should learn to keep balance and control ourselves. I do know that after doing sports,we are likely to drink water quickly even drinking a bottle of water at one minute. This is not a good way. We do need plenty of water after sweating heavily.The right way is to drink water with a little salt and do not drink too quickly and too much. Because it is easy for our body to absorb the water ,and with the salt to avoid being poisoned for drinking too much water.
• United States
1 Aug 09
The truth is, too much water and not enough salt can kill you. Most people know that dehydration can cause serious health consequences. What most don’t realize is that too much of a good thing — WATER — can also be dangerous, even deadly. They call it WATER INTOXICATION or more technically HYPONATREMIA. It happens when the body’s balance of salt and water become quickly diluted. It affects the production of nerve impulses, and impairs mental processes. Cells take on extra water and expand. As they swell, they put stress on the body’s organs, particularly the brain, which has little room to expand within the skull. Sometimes Hyponatremia is caused by an underlying medical condition. Hyponatremia isn’t unique to the military. Indeed, marathon runners, tri-athletes, even high-desert hikers all can succumb. “Most people aren’t aware of the risk of drinking too much water,” said Bob Murray, director of Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Sport drinks are engineered to replace both salt and fluids depleted during exercise. Drinking sports drinks can help; but it alone can’t maintain adequate sodium levels for people engaging in rigorous, endurance–level activity. The point is you need to replenish not only the fluids you lose when you sweat, but the salt as well. Nothing that comes out of your body is pure water. So you’ve got to replace it with both the salt and water, Not Just Water. Water Intoxication typically occurs over 4 to 6 hours or more. It attacks participants in High–Endurance events, such as marathons, long road marches and triathlons in which participants swim, bicycle and run long distances in non–stop succession. http://www.alpharubicon.com/med/watertox.html
• United States
31 Jul 09
i also heard about that i was told that if you drink a whole bunch of it and can cause health problems i just can't remember how much water it is that will make it bad for you.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi suchi, drinking water every day is beneficial to the health as it keeps the body hydrated and the muscles hydrated which is very important. However like anything else you can do it to excess and drinking more than two litres of water a day can actually start to wash the vitamins out of your body, so on one hand you think you are doing something good for your health but if you overdo it you will inadvertantely undo all the go by depleting your body of vitamins.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I read recently but can't find where it was now, that no one knows where the idea of eight glasses of water a day came from. The closest they could get was an article in a medical magazine (I think) that stated the amount of water the body needs, but it also stated that some of that water comes in the food we eat. Wish I could find that article...
@ifancy (63)
• China
31 Jul 09
it reminds me of an age-old wisdom: moderation in all things, and i am deeply convinced of it. water is absolutely vital to our body and as far as i know, the normal amount of drinking water for a person per day is about 2 milliliters. if you drink too much, like 4 milliliters, who knows what will happen. but what about 20 milliters or more. i once read a news happened in Hongkong that a girl was unconscious because of having drunk too much water in one day, nearly 20 milliliters in order for beauty. so i find a few already known harms for drinking excessive water and as far as i am concerned, they sound reasonable. using 'excessive', i mean it is beyond the body's ability to deal with the excess water which can be a burden to the kidney. besides, drinking too much water means that your blood will be diluted, leading to fluctuations in salt and oxygen concentration. so i believe that moderation is the mother of health, though i know it can be a bit difficult for timing.
@babshish (1390)
• India
31 Jul 09
Overdoing of anything is harmful, whether it is drinking water or eating or anything else. I have started one discussion about mineral waters, if you have time can just check the facts are really surprising. http://www.mylot.com/w/discussions/2086877.aspx We should try to keep balance of everything we do, anything excess with give us problems at some point of time.
@melycota (87)
• United States
31 Jul 09
Drinking too much water (gallons) can make your cells swell and even burst... Plus, if your kidneys aren't used to the amount of water you are taking in then they can be overworked. But, we're talking gallons here, unless of course, you have kidney problems. Peopl on dialysis, are allowed to drink ANY water.
@shazz282 (177)
• New Zealand
31 Jul 09
First time I have ever heard of water being bad for you. I have grown up drinking lots of water. Its good for you as far as I no. I drink around one or two big bottles of water a day during the summer I drink more. Its my favourite drink to have. Cant live with out it.
@jeg2315 (198)
• United States
31 Jul 09
You get overhydrated when you drink too much water and you don't sweat it off or anything. Essentially, you can drown your body if you drink too much water, so yes those doctors are correct.