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Drinking Too Much Coconut Water
It can be: There is a great deal of controversy on how much water people generally need, but it depends on the climate and how much physical activity you engage in. Generally, people really do not need much free water, because 60% of our food is composed of water&our diet provides enough for most people. If kidneys are normal, excessive water is urinated out. However, water intoxication is serious for some
You CAN drink. ..: Too much water, but it is difficult to do. Normally functioning kidneys will simply remove excess water from the blood. Extremes are cited, like drinking more than two gallons in less than an hour, but, in general, very generous water drinkers don't need to worry about diluting their medicine. Drinking up to 5+ liters/170 oz. Of water a day shouldn't be a problem; most of us struggle to get 2 in
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.
Yes: It is possible to overhydrate yourself with too much water. I saw this in a patient who had severe anxiety and was compulsively and constantly drinking water. It causes the concentration of sodium in the blood to drop, a condition called hyponatremia, which can affect brain function. Athletes are more susceptible. This is the basic answer. You can google "hyponatremia" for more info.
Too much of Anything: Even too much oxygen causes problems. Hyponatraemia, or low sodium is the problem that kills ya. Http://en. Wikipedia. Org/wiki/water_intoxication.
Yes: Drinking too much water can be serious. Can't judge your risk based on info provided but if you are feeling compelled to drink water and thirst never dulls, then see your doc or go to the emergency room.
See below: Half gallon fluid a day on average. If a lot more, see your doc.
It is possible: That you can upset your electrolyte balance if you drink too much water... You can become hyponatremic (low in salt). Usually results from excess water and underlying health problems. Use common sense.
I am drinking too much water daily (liters), will it cause any damage or health issues to my body?
Too much water: Can create a chemical imbalance thus producing psychological and physical symptoms. Please see your doctor to determine the cause of your water consumption. You may have an underlying physical or psychological problem. Congrats on asking this question and keep on going. Peace and good health.
Does drinking too much water leas to anything serious? I'm a very heavy water drinker. I drank like 3gallons at least a day.
Usually not.: I've only heard of one death due to drinking an excess of water. It had to do with a water drinking contest. However, drinking too much water can also be a signal that something else is wrong such as low anti-diuretic hormone or decreased sodium resorption by the kidney. Since there is a drought in California and it is summer, I suspect you are outside and active.
Salt a bigger issue: If you have normal kidney function, your kidneys can discard excessive fluids you might drink. The bigger issue for water retention is salt intake which makes you retain additional water through hormonal actions and lead to retention.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
Water intake: If you are not dehydrated or taking a medication that might signal water retention, then you excrete the water you drink within 2-6 hours. The more you drink, that much is excreted. The kidney can swell some, and this can ache. The ureteral pelvis can swell but would not ache as much. Maximum rate of excretion is about 750--1000 cc per hour. Remember 1000 cc is 1 quart, or 4 cups (8 oz per cup).
Headache remedy: No, in fact water generally will help reduce headache. Too much water can cause electrolyte imbalances, but that's over 150 ounces per day.
Sometimes: If you drink too much water in a short period of time such as a gallon in a 1 to 2 hour period this can cause hyponatremia which can be dangerous.
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