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Too much water?

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Created March 13, 2013 at 1:25 AM

I drink close to 4 gallons of water, spaced out fairly evenly throughout the day. This is about twice the amount recommended 8 cups of water a day. I was wondering if there is such a thing as drinking too much water? Or, more specifically, I know that drinking too much water in one sitting can cause dangerous electrolyte imbalances, I am wondering if there is any negative effects from drinking small amounts of water, frequently and regularly.

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:34 PM

In that case, you're probably fine, but you should just let your thirst guide you instead of setting a target. The advice to drink more water is for people who eat mostly low-moisture processed junk and only drink diuretic beverages etc. For anyone with a balanced ancestral diet, it should take care of itself.

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on March 13, 2013
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Oh. You're fine then. Anywhere between 1 to 4 liters per day seems normal. 4 liters is certainly on the high end, and if you're peeing constantly you may want to cut down or look into why you're drinking so much, but otherwise you're probably fine. I take in about 3-4 liters a day of liquids, but I do the sauna for 15-20 mins (a TON of sweating!), plus a half liter of that liquid is coconut water

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on March 13, 2013
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Yeah, I meant litres, sorry.

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Yes, sorry, I meant litres.... My bad *blush*

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:32 PM

Yes, "get your blood sugar checked."

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:29 AM

agreed with others, you seem to have your numbers/units mixed up somewhere, 4 gallons = 512 fluid ounces, which would be 64 x 8 ounce glasses (so 8 times more than the oft quoted 8 x 8 ounce glasses per day). may be you meant quarts, 4 quarts would equal 16 x 8 ounce glasses (128 fl ounces).

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agreed with others, you seem to have your numbers/units mixed up somewhere, 4 gallons = 512 fluid ounces, which would be 64 x 8 ounce glasses (so 8 times more than the oft quoted 8 x 8 ounce glasses per day).

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:47 AM

And 4 gallons is way more than the CW 64 oz. like 16 times more.

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on March 13, 2013
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Why would you drink 4 gallons a day?

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:31 AM

Same thing -- electrolyte imbalance. There are advantages to drinking lots of water, but there are also disadvantages -- water-soluble stuff washes out of your body pretty fast. You can deplete your body of electrolytes by drinking water constantly, not all at once.

Also, why do you drink that much water? Are you thirsty all the time? Do you know your blood sugar levels?

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on March 13, 2013
at 07:53 AM

If you intake more liquids than you excrete (urine, defecation, sweat, breath, ) then you will likely get yourself in to trouble.

here's some info from wiki,
"Water intoxication can be prevented if a person's intake of water does not grossly exceed his or her losses.
Healthy kidneys are able to excrete approximately 1 litre of fluid water (0.26 gallons) per hour.
However, stress (from prolonged physical exertion), as well as disease states, can greatly reduce this amount"
more info here: water intoxication (overhydration) - wiki

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:27 AM

Lumifer's answer is alluding to the fact that frequent thirst is a common symptom of undiagnosed or uncontrolled diabetes. It would be very wise to get your blood sugar checked.

As for longer-term risks, water consumption can lead to electrolyte loss even if it's spaced out over the day. The most obvious and immediately dangerous one is hyponatremia (low sodium) but you're presumably losing other water-based nutrients as well.

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on March 13, 2013
at 12:32 PM

Yes, "get your blood sugar checked."

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on March 13, 2013
at 04:05 AM

Are you sure you don't mean liters or quarts or something? 4 gallons sounds pretty dangerous.

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on March 13, 2013
at 01:10 PM

Yeah, I meant litres, sorry.

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on March 13, 2013
at 03:10 PM

Oh. You're fine then. Anywhere between 1 to 4 liters per day seems normal. 4 liters is certainly on the high end, and if you're peeing constantly you may want to cut down or look into why you're drinking so much, but otherwise you're probably fine. I take in about 3-4 liters a day of liquids, but I do the sauna for 15-20 mins (a TON of sweating!), plus a half liter of that liquid is coconut water

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