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is drinking too much water bad for you?

what do you think? all i drink is water and I drink it all the time. Many times i feel bloated from it... is it possible that drinking too much water is bad for you?

Thu. May 11, 5:25pm

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how much do you really drink? A gallon or more??

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 5:36 PM

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In marathons, no one died of dehydration, but many died of overhydration. You can seriously dilute sodium in your system, if you drink too much too soon...

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 5:51 PM

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more serious than you may think...

YES! alot of people don't know about it, but drinking excessive amounts of water can cause "headache, collapse, confusion, memory loss, vomiting, seizures, and even death from fluid accumulation in the lungs or brain: all from dilution of the salt in the blood resulting from excess water intake during exercise"!
the OP and anyone else who is needs information on this should read the article from which i will link below


Thursday, May 11, 2006, 6:07 PM

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OP here...awesome article! thanks!

I would say i drink close to a gallon of water a that too much?

Thursday, May 11, 2006, 7:16 PM

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How much water you drink is determined on your weight, height, metablism, etc. As long as your are not having any of the above symptoms, then drink away............

Friday, May 12, 2006, 8:01 AM

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I'm fairly sure its called hypohydration. If you water down your stomach acid too much you can ruin your stomach lining, and have gastro problems. In addition too much water can effect brain and blood fuinction and also put strain on your bowels and kidneys. That being said you'd actually have to drink an obcene amount for some of these symptoms!

Friday, May 12, 2006, 8:59 AM

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yeah, i think a gallon would be ok. good stuff everyone. thanks for the research.

Friday, May 12, 2006, 9:13 AM

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A bit more research:

One source said normal kidneys can excrete about 1 liter (33 oz) of water per hour in urine at rest. Another said your kidneys can process about fifteen liters of water a day (495 oz). A gallon of water is 64 oz, so if that's what you drink over the course of the day, that's great.

The reason water intoxication happens to marathon runners, or other distance exercisers: During intense exercise, the kidneys can’t excrete excess fluid, so if someone keeps drinking, the water is leeched into the body’s cells. I found a guideline that said "more than a liter per hour for more than four hours can cause a condition called hyponatremia, or water intoxication."

Friday, May 12, 2006, 10:41 AM

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A gallon of liquid is equall to 128 oz. I am starting a regimine of drinking one gallon of water per day as of today


Sunday, June 17, 2007, 3:44 PM

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Make Sure You're not diabetic

If you are drinknig alot of fluids,, any fluids, even water, because you are realy that thirsty all the time the next time you go to the doctor have them make sure you're not diabetic. I'm no expert on these things, but I know diabetics often are thirsty all the time and they can also get cravings for sweets. I also know peopelof any age and bodyshape can become diabetic so its a good thing for everyone to have your doctor do bloodwork tests once in a whlie for this

Sunday, June 17, 2007, 5:49 PM

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