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CLOBBERELLA Posts: 520
6/14/12 5:02 P

It's not too common, but yes, you CAN drink too much water, it's called "water intoxication".
chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.ht
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I don't know what *your* water consumption limit should be, but it couldn't hurt to ask your doctor about diabetes. Also, make sure you are eliminating all of the water you are ingesting.

Personally, I drink about 64oz, if that much, in just water. I don't count other beverages in with my water intake.
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Edited by: CLOBBERELLA at: 6/14/2012 (17:04)
MARG17 Posts: 275
6/14/12 2:14 P

I don't believe you can drink to much water, all our organs need water.

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6/14/12 2:12 P

Try, with all the power in the universe to ignore the advice given in every hydration thread about needing to see your doctor.

First take in 225 ml for every 9.1 kg you weigh. But it needn’t all be drunk. A National Academy of Sciences report noted that while 80 percent of your daily water should come from beverages for proper hydration; the rest can be from water-rich foods.

So if you eat a liter tub of ice cream, or half a water melon you do not need to chase it down with a glass of water (obviously watermelon is better for your diet!, if you are on one!).

Second. When you start either a new exercise or a new diet (or hopefully both) and likely add in loads of extra water in the place of some of your traditional tea/coffe/pop your body will have a massive spaz.

Your body will view the water as a reward and so will make you thirsty.
You bladder will NOT be able to keep up and will take a while to adjust.
Your electroliytes (salts etc) will be up and down, esp if you cut out salty food at the same time.
So expect to feel a little wierd for a while.

In summary. Ignore every third person who wants you rushing to the doctor worrying about diabetes. They are dim.
Keep going with the water. Its a great choice to make for your health, skin, liver, energy, sleep quality and mental sharpness.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,304
6/14/12 2:11 P

That calculation (half your weight) is WRONG. Please do not go by that poor advice.

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6/14/12 1:50 P

Welcome!!! I drink about12-16 glasses a day. Once you get used to that much, you can really tell that you are not getting enough!!! Good luck with your journey!!

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6/14/12 12:13 P

Thanks for that info. That would mean I should be drinking about 3-3.5 litres of water a day which sounds fairly reasonable.

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6/14/12 12:05 P

My doc has told me that you should drink at least half your weight in water (if you are 150 lbs, you would need at least 75 ounces a day).

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6/14/12 4:35 A

When I was drinking coffee, fizzy pop and squash all the time I was rarely thirsty, but as soon as I've switched to water I feel thirsty alot more. It may just be getting to used to not having the sugary drinks all the time. I didn't drink 6 litres in the end - was about 4.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,903
6/13/12 4:54 P

I don't think there's any magic amount that's considered too much. But in general, if you're drinking more than 12 (or so) glasses a day and you're still thirsty all the time, that might be something to discuss with your doctor.

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QUEENDEBRINA Posts: 180
6/13/12 2:15 P

What is too much water? Since I've started working on a healthier life style, that's almost all I ever drink (except for my coffee in the morning).

I try to keep myself hydrated so I don's mistake thirst for hunger and I especially watch my fluid intake on my workout days.

So how many liters (ounces??) is correct? emoticon

Edited by: QUEENDEBRINA at: 6/13/2012 (14:16)
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 55,903
6/13/12 1:54 P

Excessive thirst can be a symptom of certain medical conditions (like diabetes). So if you're drinking that much b/c you're always thirsty, it's a good idea to mention it to your doctor. If you're consistently drinking 6 liters of water a day, that's a LOT.

Coach Jen

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6/13/12 8:14 A

Yeah I have noticed that too lol. So no such thing as too much water? Phew!

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6/13/12 8:10 A

That's about what I do. I must average at least a gallon of water during just the workday, and then at least another 2-3 liters afterwords. Only problem I've noticed is multiple bathroom breaks lol. Just be sure to stop a few hours before bed.

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6/13/12 8:01 A

I filled a litre bottle of water this morning when I went to exercise and drank the lot, so I filled it again....then again, and I'm on the fourth bottle. I'm finding it is keeping my cravings at bay - but then am I drinking too much water? It is only 1pm and I've drank over 3 litres of water - and could easily drink another 3 by bedtime if I carry on at this rate.

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