Body: How much water is too much?

Australia
February 8, 2007 6:27am CST
Do you think that drinking lots of water is bad for you? Apparently is will dissolve all your sugars and other things that need balance to keep you healthy; plus you will keep going to the toilet constantly. What do you think of this issue and should you just stick with the norm and drink around about 1-2 litres a day? SHould you drink it all in one go? Or set periods throughout the day?
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@sweetie88 (4559)
• Pakistan
12 Feb 07
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water. A couple of approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate. Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is 1.5 liters a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids. Dietary recommendations. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly 3.0 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Even apart from the above approaches, it is generally the case that if you drink enough fluid so that you rarely feel thirsty and produce between one and two liters of colorless or slightly yellow urine a day, your fluid intake is probably adequate.
@simran1430 (1793)
• India
12 Feb 07
10 glasses a day are the normal and recommended drinking . there is a limit to everything and so be careful and not just keep on drinking it like elixir .
@shellyrios (1215)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Yes, I heard if you drink too much it flushes out all your bodys electrolytes. That's why they say to drink something like Gatorade after running or working out because it replenishes the electrolytes.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
10 Feb 07
My doctor always advises me to drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day. The reason is our bodies need plenty of water to clean our kidneys. On the contrary, if we drink too little water daily, some kind of residue may accumilate in our kidneys which may cause serious problem. My doctor didn't tell me the drawback of drinking too much water. But I find out that too much water in stomach may cause me go to wash room incessantly.
@healer (1783)
• India
9 Feb 07
i drink when ever i feel like hehehe. Drinking excess might not be good(don't know the reason) but less is also not good as it is advised to drink as much as we can
@abednego7 (1060)
• Philippines
9 Feb 07
According to an article that I have just read a while ago our kidney can process up to 15 liters of waters a day, so it means you can take water much but not in just one time and because most of foods contain water the recommended amount of water is just 8-12 ounces of water per day unless the climate is warm, or you're into exercising, and into medication that requires more water than usual. Water intoxication as it said is uncommon but can happen. For more information follow the link: http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm
@pix_trix (447)
• India
8 Feb 07
nature's rule to be healthy is - excess of anything is bad! we need atleast 8 glasses of water everyday, those who are very active/sweat a lot, workout or sports-persons need even more! excess water can be harmful for people having the problem of water retention- a condition where water is retained in the body as toxin and not flushed out through the kidneys! dont know much medical details about it.. am just a layman!
@9676276 (264)
• Pakistan
8 Feb 07
i don,t think water is bad 4 body.doctors say approx 16 glasses of water should be taken by every humanbeing everyday...
@gevatsh (322)
• Israel
8 Feb 07
lol ofcourse drink water only can be good !! i can drink 10+ litar for a day... dont know about you but after coca cola is most like nestea and than water :DD if i doing sport i can drink alot of water !! after a good runing or a long football or basketball game !! (:
@as2006 (5041)
• Israel
8 Feb 07
For to be in healthy condition you must drink sbout 8 - 12 cups a day it's mean throughout the day.
@ito_kmk (102)
• Malaysia
8 Feb 07
8 glasses of water everyday..that's my routine..for all smoker out there..please follow this routine..it can help you to control your smoking..
• Pakistan
8 Feb 07
Well I think drinking eight glasses of water a day is sufficient. Even the health consultants advise drinking 8 glasses of water daily. Any less it harms you in the long run and a lot of intake could do the same.
@blindedfox (3315)
• Philippines
8 Feb 07
Water is good for the body. About 8 glasses per day is enough. I think you just had too much water when you feel bloated after drinking. Remember, too much of anything isn't good at all. =)