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Can you get diarrhea by drinking too much water?

Can you get diarrhea by drinking too much water?

Generally no: The body has mechanisms to get rid of the excess water, but under certain conditions - if it is taken in very rapidly or in certain disease states, it can cause water intoxication - diluting the blood so that sodium levels can get very low - if low enough, it can cause seizures, coma and death. Diarrhea rarely occurs, because the water is absorbed in stomach and upper intestine, but it can. ...Read more

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Loose Stools (Definition)

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


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How much water do you have to drink to get water intoxication?

How much water do you have to drink to get water intoxication?

Water intoxication: This is a rare phenomena and can occur during excessive loss of fluids from vigorous exercise and then drinking large amounts of water without electrolyte replacement. It can also be a psychological problem called "pathological water drinker." the main point here is that electrolytes, esp. Sodium need to stay in balance. Excessive drinking of water over a longer period of time might cause this. ...Read more

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How much water could you drink before you would get water intoxication?

Varies: Depends on your weight , how much salt you consume and medications you are taking. ...Read more

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Do you get diaharrea from drinking too much water?

Do you get diaharrea from drinking too much water?

Water: No. You can disturb your electrolyte balance by drinking more than a couple gallons per day. But even excessive water drinking will cause increased urination, not diarhea. ...Read more

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Can I get water toxicity from drinking too much orange juice in an hour?

Can I get water toxicity from drinking too much orange juice in an hour?

You can get: too much sugar into your system if you drink excessive amounts of orange juice, especially if it is canned, not fresh. You can also get excessive acid. Like most things in life, use it in moderation. Bottled juices generally are high in sugar although people often think they are good for us. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

1-2 gallons; depends: Quickly drinking lots of water will lower one's blood sodium (salt) level, affecting the brain and heart. The exact amount of water needed to cause damage varies, depending mainly on one's body weight and amount of dehydration. Symptoms include confusion, dizziness, nausea, & seizures from brain swelling. Endurance athletes sweat away sodium, and should rehydrate gradually, with some electrolytes. ...Read more

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How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

How much water do you have to drink for it to be a problem (water intoxication)?

Depends: It depends upon several things. If you are doing strenuous exercise or working in a hot environment then you will need more water. For most people drinking 6-8 8oz glasses of water a day is plenty. If you drink excessive water your kidneys can not process it and electrolytes get out of balance. This can be serious and cause the heart to get out of rhythm. ...Read more

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How much water can an 8 month old drink safely/daily without worrying about water intoxication?

How much water can an 8 month old drink safely/daily without worrying about water intoxication?

Less than 4 ounces.: I would not recommend no more than 2-4 oz of water per day for an infant that age. You would not need to worry about intoxication with volumes that small. ...Read more

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Will drinking 2 quarts of water cause water intoxication?

No it will not: As long as your kidneys are functioning normally, it is not going to cause water intoxication in adults. ...Read more

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Diarrhea (Definition)

Diarrhea is a term that describes loose, watery stools occurring more frequently than usual. It is often not due to a serious cause, but severe diarrhea ...Read more