Dangers of drinking too much water

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    May 02, 2012 11:44 PM GMT
    Hi y'all,

    I saw this in the paper this morning, though it would be interesting to post on here; it's an article about exercise-associated hyponatraemia (or drinking too much water)

    http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/fitness/the-deadly-dangers-of-overdrinking-20120502-1xzkk.html


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    May 02, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    The most realistic and probable dangers of drinking too much water is not having places to pee when you need it.
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    May 03, 2012 1:17 AM GMT
    The title of this thread scared me, as I drink TONS of water daily and water is pretty much all I drink, except for the occasional unsweetened iced tea.
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    May 03, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    VERY interesting! I'm involved with an annual 165-mile bicycle ride over 2 days to Key West, Florida. And our medical consultants have told us to drink one water bottle (about a pint) between each 20-mile pit stop. That's a time interval of 60-90 minutes for most riders, since it's not a race, but a charity ride.

    They advise us not to wait until we're thirsty to drink, when it's "too late" but to force ourselves to drink. Just like this article says is the WRONG thing to do.

    And sure enough, just as the article also says is a danger sign, I remember being surprised (and disappointed) that at the end of the 165 miles I had actually GAINED weight, instead of losing any pounds.

    So thanks, I'm gonna discuss this with the Ride Medical Director (an MD), and the Safety Director, and get their views.
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    May 03, 2012 2:01 AM GMT
    A few years back, a 28 year old woman died in the Boston Marathon from drinking too much water.
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    May 03, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThe title of this thread scared me, as I drink TONS of water daily and water is pretty much all I drink, except for the occasional unsweetened iced tea.


    Yeah I drink between 3 and 5 litres of water a day, more if I do cardio, so I had a little "uh oh" moment as well.
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    May 03, 2012 2:22 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidVERY interesting! I'm involved with an annual 165-mile bicycle ride over 2 days to Key West, Florida. And our medical consultants have told us to drink one water bottle (about a pint) between each 20-mile pit stop. That's a time interval of 60-90 minutes for most riders, since it's not a race, but a charity ride.

    They advise us not to wait until we're thirsty to drink, when it's "too late" but to force ourselves to drink. Just like this article says is the WRONG thing to do.

    And sure enough, just as the article also says is a danger sign, I remember being surprised (and disappointed) that at the end of the 165 miles I had actually GAINED weight, instead of losing any pounds.

    So thanks, I'm gonna discuss this with the Ride Medical Director (an MD), and the Safety Director, and get their views.
    Huh? I'm surprised you didn't know this already. Overhydration is something they teach during basic training and boot camp, right?
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    May 03, 2012 3:22 AM GMT
    I learned in biology class that if you drink too much water you could die. I forgot why exactly, something to do with electrolytes or something, but that would take like 100 + glasses of water in a small period of time.
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    May 03, 2012 3:25 AM GMT
    I can't stomach large amounts of liquids, would make me puke.
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    May 03, 2012 4:50 AM GMT
    Three liters of water caused her to go to the hospital?

    Maybe she shoulda ordered three pitchers of beer. Most guys do that with no problem. icon_lol.gif
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    May 03, 2012 4:52 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidThree liters of water caused her to go to the hospital?

    Maybe she shoulda ordered three pitchers of beer. Most guys do that with no problem. icon_lol.gif
    i drink about 3 liters of water a day. maybe i should cut down icon_surprised.gif
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    May 03, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    The problem isn't too much water. The problem is too much water in too short a time to balance it with an adequate amount of sodium. I drink a gallon to two gallons of water over the course of the day and I do fine.
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    May 03, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Animus saidThe problem isn't too much water. The problem is too much water in too short a time to balance it with an adequate amount of sodium. I drink a gallon to two gallons of water over the course of the day and I do fine.


    I just finished a physiology class for my nursing program and the prof actually talked about marathon runners while giving us an example of hyponatremia. Thats exactly what he said, its about sodium concentration gradients in the brain vs the rest of the body and not really about excess water intake. Under normal circumstances your body would just excrete the excess water.
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    May 03, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    I drank too much one time.....I could'nt get enough water..but in fact, it landed me in the cardiac intensive care unit with some messed up chemical imbalance that damn near killed me. Messed up my electrolites that make up the chemicals that make my heart beat normally. Scarry..
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    May 03, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    /yawn old news
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    May 03, 2012 5:16 AM GMT
    jocks_and_socks said
    paulflexes saidThree liters of water caused her to go to the hospital?

    Maybe she shoulda ordered three pitchers of beer. Most guys do that with no problem. icon_lol.gif
    i drink about 3 liters of water a day. maybe i should cut down icon_surprised.gif
    Of beer, or water?
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    May 03, 2012 3:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    jocks_and_socks said
    paulflexes saidThree liters of water caused her to go to the hospital?

    Maybe she shoulda ordered three pitchers of beer. Most guys do that with no problem. icon_lol.gif
    i drink about 3 liters of water a day. maybe i should cut down icon_surprised.gif
    Of beer, or water?
    errr...water lol