Too much water...?

By NormaJean Latest Reply 2008-11-19 18:05:42 -0600
Started 2008-11-16 12:01:20 -0600

I know that drinking lots of water helps with your BG,metabolism and overall health but am worried that drinking too much may have an adverse effect on my kidneys in the long run and my health.(P.S.I use the bathroom a lot he he he.)

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cakeybakes 2008-11-19 18:05:42 -0600 Report

I drink about 1/2 gallon a day. I notice if my BS is high I drink more then have to go more. If I excercise, of course I drink more because I just sweat it all out. As long as your BS is good 1/2 gallon should be plenty. (that's 3-4 20oz bottles or about 2 liters)

GabbyPA 2008-11-16 16:49:30 -0600 Report

Thanks JP, I was curious about this. I know that I drink a lot, but I am "a lot" so I suppose I need more than maybe smaller people. I am relativly active so I tend to add when I am very active and sweating like a

Ironically, I am drinking more now than before I was aware of my sugar levels and I am peeing a lot less. So that is good.

2008-11-16 16:03:14 -0600 Report

From the Mayo Clinic: Daily water needs depend on where you live, your physical activity, and your overall health. No single formula fits everyone.
Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply.

A couple of approaches attempt to approximate water needs for the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate.

* Replacement approach. The average urine output for adults is 1.5 liters a day. You lose close to an additional liter of water a day through breathing, sweating and bowel movements. Food usually accounts for 20 percent of your total fluid intake, so if you consume 2 liters of water or other beverages a day (a little more than 8 cups) along with your normal diet, you will typically replace the lost fluids.
To ward off dehydration and make sure your body has the fluids it needs, make water your beverage of choice. Nearly every healthy adult can consider the following:

* Drink a glass of water with each meal and between each meal.
* Hydrate before, during and after exercise.
* Substitute sparkling water for alcoholic drinks at social gatherings.

Though uncommon, it is possible to drink too much water. When your kidneys are unable to excrete the excess water, the electrolyte (mineral) content of the blood is diluted, resulting in a condition called hyponatremia (low sodium levels in the blood). Endurance athletes — such as marathon runners — who drink large amounts of water are at higher risk of hyponatremia. In general, though, drinking too much water is rare in healthy adults who consume an average American diet.

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