Post # 1
Is it possible to drink too much water during the day? I find myself having 12 oz at breakfast followed by 20-60 ounces during the day at work, then coming home and having another 12-36 oz! I know that drinking water is good for you, but does it ever reach a point where it starts to be a problem?
Post # 3
it is possible to drink too much water — it can flush out salt and other nutrients that are supposed to be in your body. i have no idea how much is too much, though, so i would talk to a doctor and have bloodwork done if you’re concerned.
Post # 4
Why do you ask? Are you having negative reactions?
I did a ton of online research on this a few months ago because I thought I was having a problem from too much water – I was definitely super naseous and heach-achy after working out, and I knew I was not dehydrated (which is the conclusion all the online resources led me to). Turns out you have to drink a TON of water and workout like crazy (think extreme runner kind of crazy), so I don’t think that was my problem. However, I did learn a lot about how your body balances water and salt and figured out that I was not eating enough before working out. I started eating a salty snack (a few crackers, 10-12 almonds or peanuts) about an hour before my workouts, and I have not had any problems since.
Post # 5
@septcabride: Nope, no negative reactions, simple curiosity. When I realized that my water consumption was regularly at about 100 oz a day, not counting coffee and carbonated beverages, I wondered if there was a point of diminishing returns on drinking water to reduce water retention. Id est, at what point, if ever, does the body start storing water instead of using it to flush the system?
Post # 6
Okay this might be Too Much Information, but I usually gauge if I’m drinking the right amount of water by the color of my pee. If you’re basically peeing completely clear, then your body isn’t “using” the water for anything anymore, it’s just going right through you.
Post # 7
@MissBoston: And that is where I am at pretty after my first glass of water at breakfast. Unfortunately, I am usually still very thirsty all day. It gets bad enough that my husband will comment on how dry my lips are when he goes to kiss me after work.
Post # 8
Huh. Maybe you should see a doc? It could be something else other than dehydration – I’m certainly no expert, I just work out like a maniac so keep tabs on my pee. 😀
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I think if you are thirsty, you should drink water. Everyone has different needs. I think you really have to drink a lot a lot of water to drown your system.
Post # 10
Excessive thrist is often an indicator of some under lying problems. If you’re drinking tons of water and not physically over exerting yourself, yet you’re still thirsty you might want to check in with a doctor. I know for sure it’s actually a warning sign for diabetes. The rule of thumb my doctor told me is if you’re urinating frequently, drinking tons of water, and still feeling thristy you may have problems with sugar levels or your thyriod.
You CAN drink too much water, but it has to be a lot in relation to your body weight in order for you to cause your body serious harm. You’re supposed to take in about 64-80 ounces on average depending on your physical activity. I’m usually just over 64 ounces because that equals an 8 ounce glass of water 8 times a day.
Edit: I know women who take in about 80-120 ounces while in the water-loading phase of their exercise program, but this is usually because they’re taking in creatine and it makes you more thirsty. Are you using a creatine supplement?
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union
I was going to mention diabetes too. I’d check in with a doctor to make sure there isn’t a problem.
Post # 12
You can have too much water but in order to have this problem you have to drink A LOT!
You can drink 3-4 litres of water a day just fine with no problems. And you are drinking under 3 litres.
Your pee is not supposed to be deep yellow – it is supposed to be a faint yellow colour like the colour of a manilla folder.
The only individuals who have had problems from hyperhydration were forcing themselves to consume water. If you are just naturally drinking water you will not have anything to worry about.
I drink about 3-3.5L of water a day!
ETA: The symptom of diabetes is excessive thirst. Meaning that you can’t satisfy an uncomfortable sense of thirst. If you are experiencing these symptoms I would recommend talking to your doctor.
Post # 13
I’ve been told as a guideline (if you’re working out consistently) that you should drink at least half your body weight in oz of water a day (ie if you weigh 160 lbs, you should be drinking at least 80 oz a day). I second the other PPs that it doesn’t sound to me like you are drinking too much water by any means, but I would be concerned about the unquenchable thirst. That is something to talk to a doctor about.
Post # 14
I have had problems with drinking too much water. As far as water toxicity which can be lethal, that basically requires forcing down fluid – it’s really rare and I’ve only really heard about it happening in stupid stunt contests and when people take ecstasy and become terrified of dying of dehydration.
What’s more likely is either less severe reactions to over-hydrating or the excessive thrist being a sign of underlying problems.
It is definitely worth being tested for diabetes if you drink and drink and are still dehydrated – when doctors found out about how much I drank, they insisted on testing me about six times in a year and basically refused to believe that all those tests were negative for awhile (it took a low-normal glucose reading half an hour after eating cereal to make them stop it!). There is also a disease I have heard about called diabetes insipidus (different from regular diabetes) that involves excessive need for water. It’s really rare, though…
More common is psychologically-driven thrist/compulsive water drinking. I think that may have been part of what’s going on with me – I basically drank so much water I broke my thirst mechanism and felt thirsty all the time even though I wasn’t dehydrated. (I also suspect this was it because it came on at the same type as orthorexic-type eating issues and excercise compulsion.)
The biggest thing I notice when I over-drink (I normally have about 150-200 ounces/day, and it takes a little more than that to feel it) is electrolyte-flushing. It can lead to painful (but intermittent) muscle cramps and more commonly to feeling really out of it. I don’t know if anyone’s ever drank tons and tons of water after a night of heavy drinking to avoid a hangover, but it’s that weird not sick but really out of it feeling the next day that can happen to me.
More commonly, the side effect is I am like an old man… I think I woke up to use the bathroom like four times last night. Argh!
Post # 15
@Entangled: Whoa. This was really informative!
Post # 16
@MissBoston: Thanks. 🙂 The funny/sad thing is while I was writing all that, my 32 ounce water bottle was sitting there empty and I was getting soooo thirsty.