Fear of water intoxication I'm so worried how much can a runner drink?

Water intoxication. You can generate fluid overload if you obsessively drink too much fluids---remember during long distance running you lose water and sodium so drinking sports drink in moderation should not cause this complication.
Depends on runner. Water intoxication during long distance running is found in a select number of atheletes that spend longer amounts of time on the course and drink plain water (no salt etc). The longer that they run the more water they consume. This can cause low sodium levels which is dangerous. Sport drinks prevent this, elite runners are not affected. Google exercise induced hyponatremia.

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I have a seep fear of water intoxication. How do I overcome this?

Thirst. Take small sips to quench thirst. If uncertain , chew on a salty pretzel.. More is not better. If you observe someone else overdoing the water, slow them down by talking to them, water intoxication is real, your fear is not nissguided. Read more...

I am really scared of water intoxication. I drink 2 litres of squash (about 4/5 water) the hour before sleep. I am worried I will die from overhydrate?

Fluids. There is nothing wrong with drinking fluids. With normal kidney function you should be fine. drinking just before sleep may not be a good idea as you will have a very full bladder and may have to get up in the middle of the night. Read more...

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...

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...
Depends. Based on average american diet, it would have to drink 10-12 liters of water to develop water intoxication. If you eat less (for example such an alcoholic who ingests primarily beer), the amount needed would be less. Symptoms are usually related to alterations in mentation. Read more...

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...

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...

Is it possible to suffer from water intoxication drinking about 3 to 4 liters after a heavy meal?

No. Usually seen in psychiatric disorders, water intoxication occurs causing a low sodium level , with generally 15 to 20 liters intake. The kidney can dilute the urine and get rid of water quite well unless it is overwhelmed with that amount. The sudden lowering of sodium can cause serious neurological problems. Read more...
Possible, not likely. Individuals with normal kidneys can manage to excrete that kind of water load, although it depends on how quickly it is consumed. If it is "chugged" rapidly, it is possible to overcome the kidneys ability to excrete the excess water, lowering serum sodium and resulting in signs and symptoms of water intoxication, including confusion, delirium and seizures, esp. With big meal holding it in stomach. Read more...

I have to run to the bathroom every 15 min. I have been drinking a lot of water lately. I'm just nervous that it's a sign of water intoxication.

Stomach flu. The stomach flu is caused by a virus that attacks your gastrointestinal system. There is no cure for the stomach flu. The remedies are: good rest, plenty of fluids intake, plain food like crackers, cereal, toast and rice. Take NSAID over the counter and tincture of time. Good luck. Read more...