How much water is to much water?

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AllHailDietmar
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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
So a few weeks ago I started charting how much water I drank and I tried to drink around 72oz a day. For about the past 2 weeks I've been getting thirsty all the time and have started to go to 100oz, past week 150oz, past couple days I've been getting close to 200oz. I'm still thirsty after all that water and have to wake up in the morning with my kidneys hurting and have to take a like a 5 min pee. I weigh 135lbs and I think that 150+oz of water might be to much.

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   Posted 8/27/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the suggested amount is one ounce per kilogram of body weight. For you, that would be about 60 - 64 ounces or 8 8 ounce glasses a day. Excess water can upset your electrolyte balance and cause a whole set of problems that you don't want to get into. Your thirst may be due to electrolyte imbalance, or possibly it is a sign of diabetes (!).

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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I weight 200lbs and I'm 5'4. I drink 132oz. of water a day, everday.  Mostly because I feel so dyhdrated from constant D, also because of the diet plan I follow.  Honestly though for your size, you seem to be drinking a LOT of water, perhaps a dangerous amount.  I'm not a doctor though but I seriously suggest if you are THAT thirsty to find out what is actually going on inside your body.

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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It is very good concept to understand how much goes in and what goes out. This is the fundamental concept of how to approach a cure. Applaud you. I have seen research on whether to drink water which is distilled or not have you thought about this at all?

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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Um...you can die from water toxicity. Be careful, please.
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AllHailDietmar
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I def get my vitamins and minerals. The water I drink is filtered by PUR and is in a plastic container with a rating of 7. I think it may be my meds that are giving me cotton-mouth and I just keep on drinking water out of habit. I see my G.I next week so I'll ask. It has been 6 months since my last scopes and it showed "mild crohns" and I've been on remmicade so hes kinda been treating me like I'm "cured". I think its time for a second opinion since he is taking me off lortabs and valiums next week (I have terrible anxiety) which seems like a bad idea to do both at once. Frustration rant because I'm still in bad pain, still have D, anxiety and depression are worse than ever, and I've done absolutely everything for my diet (uber strict and logged) and have only noticed a tiny improvement (even broken diet ate "bad" food and it was only a little worse). Back on topic to water, should I be worried about water poisoning?

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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, one of the bad problems from electrolyte imbalance is heart attack. The heart requires lots of sodium and calcium to function properly and water flushes out sodium and potassium as well as calcium and magnesium to a lesser extent.

medchrt1
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   Posted 8/27/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I thought you had a great idea to keep such excellent track of your intake. I was thinking about not only distilled water but the ions in the water. It is difficult when you are in bad pain so you don't need concern about this. There is the thought that the bowel is dehydrated and perhaps wondering if you would like to increase your salt intake.

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   Posted 8/28/2009 1:27 PM (GMT -7)   
To be clear - it is not just drinking water that depletes electrolytes. Diarrhea also removes electrolytes from the system. Drinking lots of water may be necessary, but it does not replace the lost electrolytes. You might want to ask your doctor about electrolyte replacement. One thing to watch out for - a lot of commercial electrolyte drinks are loaded with sugar and too much sugar does not do your gut any good.
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