Wanted to relate a recent experience of mine. I have never been a big water drinker so to me 1/2 to 3/4 of a gallon a day seemed like alot (I know better now but what can I say, I'm one of those twits who has to learn everything for themselves). About a month ago I upped my protein intake to 300+ grams a day. Shortly thereafter I started experiencing the following symptoms:
General feeling of muscle weakness
A slight headache constantly
Elevated body temp
Noticed I was having to breathe harder to get enough oxygen
I thought at first maybe I was having an adverse reaction to the protein I was using. Then I started wondering whether you could actually take in too much protein. On my first google search for "too much protein" all kinds of pages popped up concerning high protein diets and dehydration. When I looked up the symptoms of dehydration here is what I got:
Deep rapid breathing
Needless to say it was pretty clear what my problem was. After doing some research I discovered that the body requires copious amounts of water for the process of breaking down proteins and the more you take in the more you need to drink. Protein induced dehydration can be particularly sneaky because it is not accompanied by a feeling of thirst and is even referred to as "silent dehydration". I have since upped my water intake to 1 1/2 gallons a day and my symptoms have completely gone away. As a bb'er, not drinking enough water can mean more than just limiting your gains - there are genuine health concerns as well. Hope some of you find this info useful. Drink up!