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Can drinking too much water cause stunted growth because of flushing all the electrolytes out?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered

Specializes in Infectious Disease

First, if kidney function is normal, excess water dosn't flush out electrolytes, Second, electrolyes and water balance have nothing to do with growth and cannot stunt it. Third, common internet-driven beliefs about drinking lots of water are nonsense. Except in very hot climates and/or intense exercise, there is no health benefit to drinking any more than to satisfy thirst.

Answered Feb 22, 2020

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