Is Drinking Too Much Water Good Or Bad for You?

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    Jun 19, 2015 4:50 PM GMT
    NYT: Dehydration can be dangerous during exercise, but is it possible to drink too much water.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/ask-well-can-you-drink-too-much-water/?ref=health
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    Jun 19, 2015 11:02 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidIs Drinking Too Much Water Good Or Bad for You?
    Yes
  • Breeman

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    Jun 20, 2015 4:34 PM GMT
    My Mom said, "son, everything in moderation." icon_cool.gif
  • FRE0

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    Jun 20, 2015 6:07 PM GMT
    Yes, drinking too much water can cause problems, but it is not common. Drinking insufficient water is much more common.
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    Jun 20, 2015 6:11 PM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Dehydration can be dangerous during exercise, but is it possible to drink too much water.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/ask-well-can-you-drink-too-much-water/?ref=health


    From the article:

    "Today, most knowledgeable coaches and exercise experts warn athletes not to overdrink. “You should drink only when you need to, when you are actually thirsty,” said Dr. James Winger, a professor of family medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, who has studied the hydration habits of athletes."

    Many of us would become dehydrated if we delayed drinking water until becoming thirsty.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 20, 2015 10:03 PM GMT
    FRE0 saidYes, drinking too much water can cause problems, but it is not common. Drinking insufficient water is much more common.

    Agreed. In nearly eight years of regular running, I`ve never had a problem with drinking too much water. And I drink a lot due to the fact that I sweat accordingly.
    The only time I had trouble was caused by too little. Conditions were hot and humid and I underestimated how much I was sweating. I didn`t drink enough to replace it. Unfortunately, the humidity meant my sweat wasn`t so effective at cooling me, either, so I ended up with dehydration and probably heat exhaustion/stroke! Not something I`d recommend!
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    Jun 21, 2015 2:37 AM GMT
    woodsmen saidNYT: Dehydration can be dangerous during exercise, but is it possible to drink too much water.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/06/19/ask-well-can-you-drink-too-much-water/?ref=health


    Duh - yes.

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    Jun 21, 2015 5:12 AM GMT
    The interrogatory itself is ridiculous as it contains the answer within the question: Of course, drinking "too much" water is bad. Doing anything "too much" is bad.

    In fact, drinking "too much" water can disrupt one's electrolyte balance. Drinking "too much" water can even cause death.

    Conversely, drinking "too little" water is also bad, as dehydration is quite serious and probably easier to have happen than the consequences of drinking "too much." One needs to monitor one's intake of water with the ambient conditions in which one finds oneself: If you are exercising, working, playing in extremely hot temperatures, one should regularly be hydrating. If the temperatures are moderate or cold, one does not need to drink as much as doing the same activities in hot weather.

    Particularly in hot weather, however, one is advised to drink before one becomes thirsty, as the overheating can overtake the body's abilities to rehydrate. When the weather is cold, probably waiting until one feels thirsty is much less critical. Certainly, when in hot climates, one should definitely rehydrate as soon as one realizes one is feeling "thirsty," as that does mean one is already on the road to dehydration. In hot climates, one should be consuming liquids at least in relative balance with one's loss of water. (One visual indicator is the color of one's urine -- a darker color yellow in hot weather indicates at least some minimal dehydration if not greater.)
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    Jun 21, 2015 8:04 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI try to get a gallon of water a day.

    I drink about a quart at a time four times daily.


    That's 16 glasses of water per day! Although that is probably far more than necessary unless you are working hard in a hot environment, probably your kidneys can get rid of the excess water fast enough to prevent problems as long as you don't drink too much at a time.
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    Jun 21, 2015 8:34 PM GMT
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    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidI try to get a gallon of water a day.

    I drink about a quart at a time four times daily.


    That's 16 glasses of water per day! Although that is probably far more than necessary unless you are working hard in a hot environment, probably your kidneys can get rid of the excess water fast enough to prevent problems as long as you don't drink too much at a time.


    Your kidneys are way smarter than you are and can handle a lot more than that.
    I'm willing to bet MuchMorethanMuscle is taking meds that are renally cleared and large amounts of protein. That much water is good to help him clear all of that.