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Is it BAD to drink alot of water?
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Water is typically good for you. But you can't drink too much water or you can get sick (or even die) from overhydration. It's like having too much of anything. There is nothing you can have an unlimited amount of since we're physically finite. Usually women have a higher chance of getting overhydration because they set the same amount of water to be consumed by everyone although women need less since they generally weigh less than men. That's why most of the fatal overhydration cases involve women.
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Water is a weapon to lose weight only if it's cold water. In order for the water to be fully processed in the body, the body needs to warm it up using it's own body temperature and burns calories.

Drinking lots of water is good, but drinking lots of water in a short amount of time is bad. Maybe a bottle(500mL) or two per hour is a good amount. If it's really hot, you may want 3 bottles. Other than that, it's pretty much unnecessary to drink large amounts of water unless you plan on sweating it all off.
Posted 10/8/08
>.< I forgotten my lectures. So, here's a copy & paste:

Question: Can You Drink Too Much Water?

Answer: You've probably heard that it's important to 'drink plenty of fluids' or simply 'drink lots of water'. There are excellent reasons for drinking water, but have you ever wondered if it's possible to drink too much water. Here's what you need to know:

Can You Really Drink Too Much Water?

In a word, yes. Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication and to a related problem resulting from the dilution of sodium in the body, hyponatremia. Water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under six months of age and sometimes in athletes. A baby can get water intoxication as a result of drinking several bottles of water a day or from drinking infant formula that has been diluted too much. Athletes can also suffer from water intoxication. Athletes sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes. Water intoxication and hyponatremia result when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes.

What Happens During Water Intoxication?

When too much water enters the body's cells, the tissues swell with the excess fluid. Your cells maintain a specific concentration gradient, so excess water outside the cells (the serum) draws sodium from within the cells out into the serum in an attempt to re-establish the necessary concentration. As more water accumulates, the serum sodium concentration drops -- a condition known as hyponatremia. The other way cells try to regain the electrolyte balance is for water outside the cells to rush into the cells via osmosis. The movement of water across a semipermeable membrane from higher to lower concentration is called osmosis. Although electrolytes are more concentrated inside the cells than outside, the water outside the cells is 'more concentrated' or 'less dilute' since it contains fewer electrolytes. Both electrolytes and water move across the cell membrane in an effort to balance concentration. Theoretically, cells could swell to the point of bursting.

From the cell's point of view, water intoxication produces the same effects as would result from drowning in fresh water. Electrolyte imbalance and tissue swelling can cause an irregular heartbeat, allow fluid to enter the lungs, and may cause fluttering eyelids. Swelling puts pressure on the brain and nerves, which can cause behaviors resembling alcohol intoxication. Swelling of brain tissues can cause seizures, coma and ultimately death unless water intake is restricted and a hypertonic saline (salt) solution is administered. If treatment is given before tissue swelling causes too much cellular damage, then a complete recovery can be expected within a few days.

It's Not How Much You Drink, It's How Fast You Drink It!

The kidneys of a healthy adult can process fifteen liters of water a day! You are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink a lot of water, as long as you drink over time as opposed to intaking an enormous volume at one time. As a general guideline, most adults need about three quarts of fluid each day. Much of that water comes from food, so 8-12 eight ounce glasses a day is a common recommended intake. You may need more water if the weather is very warm or very dry, if you are exercising, or if you are taking certain medications. The bottom line is this: it's possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition.


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wtf lol why would u think that? xD water is amazing and great for you no matter what lol oh you silly goose =] i wish i could drink that much water...
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important .. when you drink water u will be sitting
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66588 wrote:

important .. when you drink water u will be sitting


What?
Posted 10/8/08

kagome_a_emo wrote:

i was wondering if someone drinks alot of water
can they make their insides too clean and soggy?
can it be damaging?


because i drink 9LITRES
of water water a day probally a bit more
i only drink that much because it makes my skin feel smooth!
and i heard that drinking a few glasses a day can make you lose
500calories?


(sorry i may have some spelling mistakes)


You were meant to drink water since the dawn of time. Not stuffs like soft drinks, bubble tea, sports drinks, or cappuccino. They all packed too much calories for normal daily consumption, and yet they leave you feel empty. Milk does a better job at it, it can neutralize your stomach acid so you feel less hungry afterward.

Your body will need to burn calories as fuel for the energy it needs to breakdown the water that you drank, and that goes the same for the food that you ate. But those are just part of your daily calorie need, it fuels your energy system for your basal metabolism. It doesn't burn body fat.

Also, you can get overdosed on water. Just like you can get overdosed on any foreign substance that you put into your body, if you consumed too much of it at once. The excess water will then invade your brain, and cause permanent brain damage that can leads to death. This is called water poisoning:


Water intoxication (also known as hyperhydration or water poisoning) is a potentially fatal disturbance in brain functions that results when the normal balance of electrolytes in the body is pushed outside of safe limits by over-consumption of water.[1] Normal, healthy (both physically and nutritionally) individuals have little to worry about accidentally consuming too much water. Nearly all deaths related to water intoxication in normal individuals have resulted either from water drinking contests, in which individuals attempt to consume more than 10 liters (3 gallons) of water over the course of just a few minutes, or long bouts of intensive exercise during which electrolytes are not properly replenished, yet massive amounts of fluid are still consumed.
Posted 10/8/08
Oh yeah, you know this 8 glasses a day rubbish? Well...it can actually drown you from the inside. It's lethal! Drink 5 glasses at the most, the other 3 glasses is made up for by your food which contains water, and other fluids that you might consume during the day such as tea/coffee/juice. One woman became very ill after drinking too much water on top of other fluids and food, and was never the same, brain damage, can't walk properly. Water is a force not to be messed with, it can save your life one day and kill you the next.
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hmmm im not so sure if its causing anything bad to your body from drinking too much water ><; but from what i've known, drinkign water is good for the sole =O;;!
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cutegirl0212 wrote:

wtf lol why would u think that? xD water is amazing and great for you no matter what lol oh you silly goose =] i wish i could drink that much water...


why would you wish for a blown up brain? err i mean for a spongy brain...>.>


66588 wrote:

important .. when you drink water u will be sitting


lolwut?
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Getting to much water without the food to help balance things causes the water to wash out more then just the calories you intend to burn. I was in a army fort on active duty in Arkansas and they had us drink alot of water but in turn so the nutrients weren't washed out we were made to eat balanced meals.
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not too much water, because you can become a water sac!!!! XD
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hey guys remember that woman who died from that water poisoning

because she wanted a free game system

well looks like it wasnt worth it
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too much of anything is bad for you. But there is like a daily amount you are suppose to get. Kind of like how you are suppose to have a certain amount of milk. We are just matter....
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Drinking a lot of water is very important...naturally if you were to drink way beyond any normal boundaries, it
can be harmful, but for the most part the chances of you actually drinking "too much" water is slim to none.
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