I drink about 3-4 32oz water bottles a day (if not more). This isn't to distract me from snacking, but because I am genuinely thirsty. I don't think it is too much and I start to pee closer on the clear side after the first one. One of the bottles is usually during/after exercising.
Honestly, the only reason that I am even thinking of asking my doctor is because I have an appointment. With all the other things out there, this is one of my least worries.
If you are genuinely worried about it, this is definitely a question for your doctor
4/15/13 2:53 P
I was concerned about this so I asked my doctor. When I'm exercising I drink about 5L a day (20 cups or 160oz). He said that since I am exercising and I sweat alot (it can be gross) that it's not a problem. I'm still peeing regularly and urine is a good colour so I'm not really concerned.
4/15/13 2:48 P
You can wash out electrolytes but it is difficult
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26,809 4/15/13 2:42 A
Yes there IS such a think as drinking too much water. This can lead to a depleted amount of electrolytes in your body, particularly Potassium, which in turn can lead to some very urgent and serious medical conditions.
The best guide of whether to drink or not is to go by the colour of your urine, which has already been mentioned. If it is clear, you can afford to cut back a little, in fact, it is probably advisable. Ideally it should be a pale yellow.
I know a lot of people tend to say "drink, drink, drink the water" but in all honesty, it can be dangerous advice. The idea is to be properly hydrated, not OVER hydrated. Your water consumption (and a lot of others) is to save yourselves putting food into your mouth. IIt sounds like you might suffer from boredom to a degree. You are best to deal with whatever is causing you to want to eat unnecessarily in the first place. Try getting a hobby! Try going for a walk. Try reading a book. Get on to SP and read the articles.
Have you thought about having some slices of apple, carrots and celery by you while you watch TV or some other times when you are wanting to nibble. It is a great way to get fluid, give your mouth and hands something to do AND get some extra fruit/vege into your day. If you are at the top of your calorie range, just a very slight adjustment of meal size would accommodate this.
As long as it's not all in a short amount of time, you should be fine. I agree with the urine comments...if it's clear, you are probably drinking too much. It all depends on how active you are, too. I used to work at a horse farm for 8-10 hours and then ride 3 horses and I would drink ALLLLL the time, but then again, I needed it.
4/14/13 11:30 P
There's no concern that water will dilute the digestive juices or interfere with digestion. In fact, drinking water during or after a meal can actually improve digestion. Water and other liquids help break down the food in your stomach and keep your digestive system on track.
Barring use of an insanely large amount of strong antacid compounds, there is little the average person could consume in a meal which would alter the acidity of the stomach.
If you try to chug-a-lug a gallon of water then you may suffer from water intoxication, which can be fatal.
4/9/13 2:02 P
As mentioned before, if your urine is clear, you are getting too much. There is a theory that if you drink too much water that the acid in your stomach could be diluted too much to break down food. This is why I try not to drink water at meal time. Maybe a cup at the most. I try to drink my water beforehand or after but not much during. For me, I feel this has helped my digestion. Others might be just fine. You'll have to experiment for yourself.
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801 4/9/13 12:12 P
I don't think it's too much water. I drink 14-18 cups water daily. Usually it is the only thing I drink all day. Yes, 8 8 oz glasses a day is the standard for anyone, but like with anything else it varies per person. "How much water you need depends on your physical weight, your level of physical activity that day and your environmental conditions."
I am no medical expert. I drink about 8 glasses.. That would be a good question for your doctor.
4/9/13 11:55 A
There is such a thing as drinking too much water in a short period of time. Try doing an internet search for "water intoxication."
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37 4/9/13 11:47 A
Is there such thing as drinking too much water? I drink quite a bit (maybe 15 cups or so per day). I know this is probably more than what I need to be appropriately hydrated, but I do it more so to avoid mindless eating, especially while watching TV. I usually keep a big cup of water with me at all times and sip on it instead of snacking. It definitely wards off the hunger a bit, but could it be too much? Could I be adding unnecessary water weight? Is it harmful?
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