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Is it possible to drink too much water in a course of a day?

Sun. Dec 11, 1:12pm

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i know if you hyrdate too much and aren't exercising, you lower the sodium in your body to a sometimes dangerously low level...drink enough to have pale yellow or clear urine...

Sunday, December 11, 2005, 3:21 PM

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Too much water

I would second the comment about drinking enough water to make one's urine pale yellow or clear. This should be ample hydration for most people.

Although it is perhaps rare, drinking too much water can be fatal.

Recently a Washington, D.C. officer, as I recall the article, died from this after taking part in an athletic event.

I have read other accounts of people, usually endurance athletes, super-hydrating and becoming ill.


Sunday, December 11, 2005, 4:40 PM

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It is possible to overhydrate and it CAN be fatal but I think for most people it's pretty hard to drink too much water. I've suffered from water intoxication (okay...I'm beginning to realize my friends and I are all medical freaks as we come down with the WEIRDEST stuff) and it took a LOT of obsessive-compulsive water drinking to get to the point of messing with my electrolytes.

OP, is this a question where you want to know if you're drinking too much or is this a question where you want to know what a "normal" amount is? I'm not so sure that last sentence made sense but I HOPE you will understand...

Monday, December 12, 2005, 12:05 PM

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I was just hoping I wasn't drinking too much, but you're right. I'd have to pretty much stop eating as well to deplete my electolyte balance significantly or be working out for long long periods (which is definitely not the case at the moment.)


Monday, December 12, 2005, 3:20 PM

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Yes, Water, like anything else, can be toxic if taken in too large of a quantitly.

(A college student in a fraternity recently died due to being forced to drink gallons of water.)

Monitoring the color of your urine is a good idea-- a light yellow tint is a good sign. Also, if you are working out, make sure to replace your sweat with electrolytes vs. just plain water, and you should be okay.

If you are hiking and participating in strenuous exercise, it's okay to drink water, but if you aren't using any type of gatorade, just make sure you are eating plenty of salty snacks to make up for the lost sodium.

Of course, if you are on any kind of medication, always check with your doctor to make sure you aren't overdoing anything!

Wednesday, December 21, 2005, 2:32 PM

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An Ayurvedic doctor once told me that some people can never drink more than a glass of water all day and be fine; others who require a glass every hour. Just listen to your body. But, IN GENERAL, he says there is nothing wrong with drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day. Hot water is even better, if you sip it throughout the day. It actually helps lose weight. There are other uses of water, such as sankaprakshalana, or intestinal cleaning (you drink up to 16 glasses of water, do five very simple exercises and whosh! you get a thorough radiator flush!).

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 10:27 AM

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16 glasses at once? wow, i don't know if i could get that much down, and i drink an awful lot of water normally. has anyone tryed something like that?

Thursday, December 22, 2005, 4:11 PM

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again, you need to be very careful not to over-consume water-- I imagine the 16 glasses of water also depends upon the size of the person....

I would be wary of just consuming that much water in 1 sitting...

Friday, December 23, 2005, 1:48 AM

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i actually did the sankhaprakshalana, or intestinal cleaning, twice. you drink one glass at a time, do the five exercises six times (takes about 2-3 minutes). By that time, the five valves in various parts of the intestine open and let out the water. you then drink the second glass and do the that time, the stomach has become empty and the water has gone into the duodenum. in about 20-30 minutes you have to run to the toilet. by the 16th glass, the water out is as clear as the water you drank and that means there's absolutely nothing in the body and the alimentary canal gets a complete rest for the first time in your life. you are supposed to follow certain other rigid practices for 14 days (no alcohol, no non-vegetarian stuff, no tobacco, no stimulants, only raw/cooked vegetables). there's an easier one, in which you only drink two glasses of water every day and do the exercises. it at least gets you going in the morning. No exlax!

Friday, December 23, 2005, 4:46 AM

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I too have done the shankhprakshalana kriya.
The water you take in generally a little bit warm and salted. It absolutely cleans your bowels and you feel GREAT afterwards.

Monday, December 26, 2005, 1:18 AM

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