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Is it possible to drink too much water?

Although it's possible to drink too much water, it's highly unlikely that you will do so! "water intoxication," as it's commonly called in the medical world, usually involves imbalance in some of the body's physiological systems and not just excessive intake of water. We give you the "green light" to drink as much water as you desire, provided you stick with the following guidelines:

  1. Try to stick with high-quality water. In most cases, "high-quality" means spring water or filtered water. Mineral waters are also excellent for exactly what their name says - many contain significant amounts of calcium and magnesium. Plain tap water, in most cities throughout the United States, contains a variety of contaminants, including pesticide residues and heavy metals.
  2. Try to drink the most between meals. Excessive intake of water along with a meal can compromise stomach acidity and stomach function, and will not allow you to get the most nutritional value from your food.
  3. Be careful drinking too much too late in the day. Waking up to go to the bathroom will not help your overall health.
  4. Replenish water whenever you have obvious water loss: the most easy to recognize situations include sweating and diarrhea. After a heavy workout and profuse sweating, for example, you may easily need an additional quart of water.
  5. Be consistent, and keep your water intake adequate on a morning-afternoon-and-evening basis. Although the exact amount of water needed each day may vary, you can use a general guideline of 6-8 glasses (8 ounces each) daily.

This page was updated on: 2002-06-14 14:41:04
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