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Can You Drink Too Much Water?

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on 1 May 2014

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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, hypothermia.
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water intoxication is most commonly seen in infants under six months of age and sometimes in athletes. Athletes sweat heavily, losing both water and electrolytes. Water intoxication and hypothermia result when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes.
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When too much water enters the body's cells, the tissues swell with the excess fluids. Your cells maintain a specific concentration gradient, so excess water outside the cell draws sodium from within the cell out into the serum in an attempt to re-establish the necessary concentration.
sources: chemistry.about.com
Can You Drink Too Much Water?
By Emily & Dorian (:
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It's not how much you drink, it's how fast you drink it. The kidneys of a wealthy adult can process 15L a day. You are unlikely to suffer from water intoxication, even if you drink lots of water, as long as you drink it over time as opposed to intaking an enormous volume at a 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 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: its possible to drink too much water, but unless you are running a marathon or you're an infant, water intoxication is a very uncommon condition.
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