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    Water thought


    Bobo or other knowledgable board members,

    i know the importance of water & drink 3-4 litres a day, everyday, but............

    is it possible for someone to drink too much water?

    i'm thinking that as water is a dilutant (i think that's a word!!! ) it might dilute macro & micro nutrients to the point where they wouldn't work to there full potential if there was too much water present.

    just a thought & would value some "expert" opinions.

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    There is a condition in which people consume too much water called hyponatremia. I think it stems from having too much water and too few electrolytes. Also something to do with the kidneys not being able to flush the water fast enough. But this is really just an issue for slow marathoners and ultra marathoners (50+miles). 3-4 liters a day is definitely not even close to the level at which you'd be taking in too much water. You could probably add another 2-3 liters and improve your body's utiliztion of micros/macros.
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    Exactly... also known as water intoxication. Ironically... when this begins to set in symptoms are alot like dehydration.

    Nausea and Vomiting
    Disorientation
    Lack of Coordination
    Headaches
    Dizziness

    Its really cause to much water is diluting the sodium in your body. Though sodium is viewed as the scary bloat monster, its still needed to sustain life.

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    it is possible ... but 3-4 liters is only 1 gallon .. i drink at least 2 gallons a day
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenihan
    it is possible ... but 3-4 liters is only 1 gallon .. i drink at least 2 gallons a day
    ditto and sometimes upwards of 3.
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    In Marine bootcamp they go through a 3 day event with very very limited food and sleep. So we would drink about a canteen every hour or so x each hour for about 20 hours each day. It was later food out that the guys were flushing away electrolytes. Now the recruits get gatorade or tang.

    I've also went down from heat. During a very hot 100+ training op for three days. I didn't eat very much and drank too much water. After loading up the supplies onto a ch-53 which has thee jet engines and the exhuast near the loading ramp. 150+ degrees. Once back at base and unload I was down. Blood work shows that electrolytes and nutritents are important to function.
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