How much is too much of water?

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  1. tennisenthusiast

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    On a non-playing day, how much is too much?

    For example, I am a 130lb male in my mid 30's and I keep a 24oz bottle on my desk at work and on anyl day drink about 48oz of water. Is it too much?

    Any useful comments/experiences to share?
     
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  2. sureshs

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    Somebody said that if your urine is not colored (i.e., it is clear), your water intake is OK.
     
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    Silly answer for 2 reasons.
    A. That 'somebody' says this isnt really reliable.
    B.If your urine is clear you coudl be way over the ideal point of getting it clear in the first place.

    I think its best to weigh yourself before a workout during which you dont drink at all and irectly after it .That will help you to precisely determine your individual fluid loss and using that well you know how much to drink.
     
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    My urine is clear after about 4 beers. Probably not good.

    Clear is over hydrated. Dijon Mustard is the opposite end. Clear with a tint of yellow is safe.
     
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  6. sureshs

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    I am not a doctor, and can only say what I hear and which seems reasonable. It may be silly to you, but I have heard it more than once.

    Clear urine was meant as an upper bound, not a lower bound. That should have been pretty obvious.
     
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    Its clear you arent:)

    Plus its not obvious.

    Someone said Elvis is alive, more than once. ... soemone said AGW isnt happening. Both are incorrect, but i think thats obvious.
     
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  8. r2473

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    I would keep drinking water until your ribs hurt.

    At that point (as I've already said), I'd switch over to BBQ sauce.
     
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    Are you hinting that I am drinking too much water and thus the rib muscle knot? And as I said before I like curry powder! :)
     
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    The human water spout. ... would you spout the water at the guys ribs?
     
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    You can't argue with this logic.
     
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    Just make sure to leave enough fresh water for the rest of us. I'm sure you're doing better than most people drinking 24oz of water every day.
     
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    I carry a lot of liquids with me when I play a serous match. I feel like I almost died once (my body did not want to retain water) so now I mix gatoraid and water, about half and half.

    I take at least 96 oz. of liquids with me if its just one match. For every concurrent match I take 50% more. 2 matches: ~150 oz. of liquids.

    Cases of bottled water from Costco.
    Cases of bottled gatoraid from Costco.

    I do about 1.5 bottles of water (24 oz.) per 16 oz. of gatoraid.



    Um, if its "beer" I take 6, 12 oz. cans, or 2, 33 oz. cans. If I need more than that, people are usually offering lol.

    Also, make sure you take water/gatoraid if you do this... if you start to feel weak or dizzy it might be wise to lay off the beer for a bit and drink some water/gatoraid.

    I would advise against drinking alcohol in matches, especially at high noon, and where play isnt "casual".

    EDIT: I dont "chill" my water/gatoraid. I just stuff them all inside my tennis bag. A "tour" bag or "12" bag will hold 4 rackets + everything else you'll need.

    I only chill my beer. lol.
     
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  15. sureshs

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    If he drinks too much water, he will urinate more, and we can still have fresh water by recycling his urine.
     
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    Your innately taking the **** then ?
     
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    When your electrolyte balance gets cooked-diluted.
     
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    It is prejudice that prevents people from limiting recycled water to irrigating plants.
     
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    Is it? Where ? Why do you think that is?
    Are you pretty well educated on water shortage issues and solutions?
     
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    99% of all people will never drink too much (water:)). the body usually tells you when it has enough water.

    with alcohol this doesn't work as well:D
     
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    Don't drink much water during the day.
    I drink 16-20 oz. immediately after waking up and again just before bed, rarely get up at night because of it.
    I don't wake up at night because I was probably running dry at that time by not drinking much during the day.
     
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  22. LuckyR

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    If you are peeing your pants, that's too much...
     
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  23. chrischris

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    Are you a doctor?
     
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    I am not a Urologist...
     
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    Jus wonderin water u on..
     
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    Take your weight in pounds and divide it by 2 and thats the number of ounces of water you should drink per day
     
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    When you die of consuming too much water
     
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    High on life...
     
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    That sounds pretty low (but probably more than what a lot drink)

    I've read the body can handle up to 4 gallons in a day, obviously having too much in a short period of time is very dangerous though

    I've gotten up to 3 gallons on a hyper hydration period and I very seriously had to try just get that much (carrying a camelpak everywhere, refilling it frequently)

    I doubt you'll accidentally get too much

    http://voices.yahoo.com/water-intoxication-much-water-too-much-201296.html
    http://chemistry.about.com/cs/5/f/blwaterintox.htm
     
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    K, great..!
     
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    Yeah man probably is a lil low but you'd probably be fine if you did it consistently, avoided diuretics whenever possible and adjusted on days of activity.

    What was the reason for the hyper hydration period? 3 gallons is quite a bit for 1 day haha. Oh and did you do anything special for that besides drink tons of water?
     
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    Probably had to pass a drug test.
     
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    About eight to twelve cups (a quarter of a liter) of water spread through out the day.
     
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    To make weight for a competition actually

    About 4-5 days out from the meet, hyper hydrate (2 gallons or more) every day. The day before the competition, no water at all. I've only tried it a couple of times, and i'm not particularly good at it. I find on the no water day i crave it despite overloading on it prior days. The two times i've tried it I did nothing else besides the hydration (well carbs were cut, but that goes without saying)

    Easy way to lose a couple of kg without too much effort and without sacrificing too much strength. My coach can lose 20+ lbs for a weigh in like this (he also gets 24 hour weigh ins the powerlifting fed he's in, weightlifting you get 2 hours) I'll have to play with sodium loading next time though (and maybe a water pill that day before as well)

    3 gallons was pretty easy to do the first few days as long as i had a camelpak with me at all times. the last water day is not so easy
     
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    Just make sure you keep taking your minerals, Magnesium, Calcium, etc. You wash out your Mag and watch cramps come!
     
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    Not sure why this thread was resurrected after 2 weeks.


    "I keep a 24oz bottle on my desk at work and on anyl day drink about 48oz of water. Is it too much?"

    Drinking extra water during the day is not necessary for those with desk jobs in climate controlled offices.

    The initial medical recommendations for drinking fairly large amounts of water during the day are historical.

    They date from an era when more toiled in the hot sun in agriculture or in "sweat shops" in manufacturing.



    Let your thirst be your guide in how much to drink if you work in an office.
     
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  37. junbumkim

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    You really have to worry about how much water (no other types (gatorade, soda, etc) only if you are sweating PROFUSELY. Like, if you are playing under 100 degree weather. In this case, you just need to add gatorade to your drink.

    The reason is that our blood has other electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. And, they have to be in certain balance with water in our blood otherwise, it can cause some problems. When you sweat A LOT and drink only water, you are basically diluting your blood.

    In other words, you really don't have to worry about it because you will be too full to drink anyway. If you want exact amount it's about 3 liters.
     
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