I drink 6 liters a day sometimes more, I don't have diabetes(i know this is a symptom)
It's very hot where i live, 40 degree Celsius but nobody drinks as much water as me
I just want to know if this is ok or not because i keep reading things about electrolytes
I will add that i drink out of thirst, nothing else
Are you out in this heat? I work in this type of heat and drink between 4 to 6 liters of water during a 10 hour shift. I am sweating that much but on cooler days or days off I drink no more then 2 liters.
You need to be hydrated but there is over doing it and yes you can drink too much. Doing a little googling I found that healthy adult kidneys can process 15 liters a day!
6 liters is not too much to drink in a day.....It would be too much if you drank it all at once but it's not too much for a whole day.
You can overhydrate under certain conditions. I would do some research on the subject.
Well if you drink out of thirst, you should be fine, as long as you don't get that "stuffed" feeling from drinking water, then you shouldn't be over hydrating
Smoking cigarettes or excessive caffeine intake can make you super thirsty, not sure if you smoke or drink caffeine.
You could have a vitamin deficiency.
I think that is a bit more than others drink, but if you are not drinking any other liquids on top of that like coffee, energy drinks, tea, pop, juice, etc.. then it may not be that much.
I don't drink anything else other than water and 1 cup of tea in the morning
I don't smoke or get caffeine in my system
I read something about the electrolytes getting messed up but couldn't find out if that was only when you drank a lot at once
Also i never feel overfull from water, i'm genuinely thirsty and stop drinking if i'm not thirsty anymore, the reason i was wondering is because people who drink a lot drink 3 litres and that's half of what i drink
If the electrolytes are out of balance because of it, how would i know?
Original Post by lindsaysayshi:
My friend drank 8L plus a day. Apparently water addiction is a real thing. It caused her a lot of problems. Aside from having to pee 24/7, Her blood became very diluted and on top of that it filled her stomach up so she wasn't hungry and didn't eat enough. It ended up in her getting diagnosed with anemia and having to get a blood transfusion. Not sure if that's related but yeah, not healthy. You need to stop. Water is good, but not that much!
This is a very rare and ultimately extreme case (though I'm glad that your friend is alright).
It is very difficult to cause what is called "water intoxication" and it is actually most common in infants. Healthy adult kidneys can process up to 15 L of fluid a day. The important point is not the total amount of water you drink in a day, but rather how much you drink at once.
So no, drinking 8 L of water - so long as you are spreading it out over the course of the day - is probably not going to cause you problems.
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