what's too little and too much water?

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    Mar 10, 2011 4:41 PM GMT
    For years I try to drink water throughout the day. I always heard it is important whether weightlifting or not. Flushes out the toxins in your system, something about put electrolytes? in your system (does it, not sure what that means?), and many reasons. Heard this consistently from variety of sources for years. It's usually to drink at least 8 glasses a day, and I drink a lot when working out also. If that includes meals, then I drink that usually except some day, but sometimes twice that.

    I just heard from my physical therapist that you can drink too much water, too. That it can wash out your electrolytes (don't know what that is), and so forth. Something in the news about it, too?

    So what is the story on how little and how much water to drink?
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    Mar 10, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    i stopped believing in the 8 water cups a day rule long ago because (as those who do adhere to this rule will tell you) the water is just expelled 20-30 minutes later in your pee after your body has had enough. i drink when i'm thirsty or when i know that i will be losing a lot (e.g. during exercise, in the sauna, gastrointestinal problems leading to excessive diarrhea or vomiting).

    i did a google search and this is the first article that popped up. http://www.snopes.com/medical/myths/8glasses.asp

    also, electrolyte is just a fancy word for a variety of charged atoms (table salt = NaCl, table salt in water = Na+ (electrolyte) and Cl- (electrolyte) in H2O). that are critical to the daily functions that go on in a cell. when you sweat, pee and poop, you lose some of your electrolytes, which you replace with food containing salt (as well as other electrolytes). when you drink too much water, you start to dilute the electrolytes present in your body which can lead to problems just as serious as when you consume too little water.

    not that i drink them, but the ingredient list of sports drinks consist of various salts and sugars which aim to replace the electrolytes and sugars lost from the body by sweating or used by through cellular processes needed to produce energy during exercise. drinking water would only replace the water lost by the body and essentially further dilute the dwindling electrolytes and sugars being lost.

    i don't think this is comprehensive in any way, but hope it helps. i'd recommend you drink the water when you want and need it, but don't try to hold yourself to antiquated and overgeneralized rules.
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    Mar 10, 2011 10:26 PM GMT
    Thanks! That was informative and interesting. You are a smart man.
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    Mar 10, 2011 10:47 PM GMT
    The drinking 8 cups of water per day doesn't mean literally drinking 8 cups of water a day, it includes the water that is found in the food and other beverages you eat as well. I doubt drinking a real 8 cups a day is damaging in anyway.
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    Mar 11, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    I just made a pot of evening coffee in honor of this thread.
    It's my 3rd pot today. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 11, 2011 4:13 PM GMT
    lol. Paul, glad to be so inspiring!

    Wow, I can't drink coffee much. My body is so sensitive.