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Can You Get Diarrhea By Drinking Too Much Water
Loose stools is a symptom in which a person's stool (poop) does not hold its shape after it goes into the toilet. Instead of remaining a shaped piece of poop, the poop spreads out in the toilet bowl water. Very loose stool is called diarrhea. Loose stool can be caused by infections, certain foods or drinks, ...Read more
Extremely unlikely: A normal healthy person cannot drown by drinking too much water except in an extremely rare situation. He would have to drink a lot of water, perhaps 1-2 gallons. His blood sodium would be diluted too much, leading to brain swelling and/or seizures (some of the ways water intoxication kills people). In his semi-conscious state, he vomits water from his stomach, sucks it into his lungs, and drowns. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not usually: water is absorbed very well from the intestines, and rarely could that capacity be exceeded. When the gut is inflamed by a virus, it interferes with the ability of the gut to absorb solid nutrients, and they will cause diarrhea. The usual treatment is to go to clear liquids, because they are better absorbed. Large amounts of water can dilute the sodium in the bloodstream and cause harm however. ...Read more
Not that I know of: have not had patients complain about this, can't find any cases of it being reported, and it wouldn't make any sense to me. Water is basically completely absorbed from the upper part of the small intestine. ...Read more
Can drinking too much water cause constipation? I drink nearly 8+ water bottles daily. Does that water get absorbed to fast by large intestine?
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Hydration: Rehydration rates vary by the perspiration and heat conditions. Rule is to replenish same volume of water lost to perspirstion & heat evaporation plus metabolic respiration of cells. But more importantly replenishing electrolytes. This balance of lost electrolytes in isotonic body fluids such as sweat and urine is key towards maintaining homeostatic metabolism and euvolemia during strenuous act. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Drinking excessive amount of water over a short time can cause serious problem. It can lead to water intoxication, low sodium level, mental status changes, convulsions and even death. The elderly are more prone to this risk. Several medications also make one more prone to water intoxication. ...Read more
Yes: In fact, you can have too much of a good thing. If you drink too much water (we are talking an immense amount) or try to hold your bladder, you can retain too much water in your body. This can cause a problem with the salt concentrations in your body which can lead to a host of problems. This can include heart problems and problems with the signals of your nerves and to your muscles. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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