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Water Intake and Water intoxication

Water Intake and Water intoxication

  • Drinking when you are thirsty maintains your body's water level within about 1-2% of its ideal state. But as we get older, our sense of thirst can get fuzzier and that is when dehydration can become a threat.
  • Water intoxication occurs when the amount of electrolytes in the body becomes imbalanced by excessive water intake, disrupting brain function. It happens when you drink more than you can pee.

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MORE IDEAS FROM The truth about hydration: should you drink eight glasses of water a day?

New findings show that how much we need to drink may vary with our activity levels, the weather, and our physiology.

Other drinks like milk, beer or even coffee provide good levels of hydration. Instead of following the thumb rule of 2 liters of water a day, we can adjust our intake so that we are hydrated adequately.

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Is it possible to drink too much water?

In short, yes: There is such a thing as drinking too much water.

  • Kidneys can excrete up to 28 liters of fluid in a day, but only one liter an hour. Drinking more than this can lead to water intoxication and electrolyte imbalances.
  • Doing so can dilute the sodium in their bodies, resulting in a condition called hyponatremia (this happens mostly to athletes).

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Drinking enough water

75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. The one thing we can do to prevent chronic illness is long-term hydration.

Achieving a state of hydration is possible. The popular rule is eight cups of water a day. However, there is no one-size-fits-all. A better practice is to drink half your weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 120 pounds, your body will need 60 ounces of water a day.

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