How Much Water is Good for The Body?

How Much Water Is Good For The Body?

A woman  died from drinking too much water. Her body was found in her home shortly after she took part in a water-drinking contest that was sponsored by a local radio show. Entitled “Hold Your Wee For A Wii,” the contest promoters promised a free Wii video game machine to the contestant who drank the most water without urinating.

It is estimated that the woman who died drank approximately 2 gallons of water during the contest. When she and other contestants complained of discomfort and showed visible signs of distress, they were laughed at by the promoters and even heckled.

This tragic news story highlights the importance of understanding why drinking too much water can be dangerous to your health.

Whenever you disregard your sense of thirst and strive to ingest several glasses of water a day just because you have been told that doing so is good for your health, you actually put unnecessary strain on your body in two major ways:

Ingesting more water than you need can increase your total blood volume. And since your blood volume exists within a closed system – your circulatory system – needlessly increasing your blood volume on a regular basis puts unnecessary burden on your heart and blood vessels.

Your kidneys must work overtime to filter excess water out of your circulatory system. Your kidneys are not the equivalent of a pair of plumbing pipes whereby the more water you flush through your kidneys, the cleaner they become; rather, the filtration system that exists in your kidneys is composed in part by a series of specialized capillary beds called glomeruli. Your glomeruli can get damaged by unnecessary wear and tear over time, and drowning your system with large amounts of water is one of many potential causes of said damage.

Putting unnecessary burden on your cardiovascular system and your kidneys by ingesting unnecessary water is a subtle process. For the average person, it is virtually impossible to know that this burden exists, as there are usually no obvious symptoms on a moment-to-moment basis. But make no mistake about it: this burden is real and can hurt your health over the long term.

Forcing your body to accept a large amount of water within a short period of time – say, an hour or two – as several contestants did during the “Hold Your Wee for a Wii” contest can be fatally dangerous to your health. Here’s why:

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16 Responses to “How Much Water is Good for The Body?”
  1. jotomy Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 12:59 am

    useful article.

  2. Eunike Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 2:18 am

    Noticing the color of urine is indeed important. Thanks for teh great info.

  3. Hugo La Rosa Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 5:11 am

    Thanks! Very informative article; it really debunks the idea that the more the better, especially when you are dealing with the retention of your bodily fluids. Five Stars!

  4. alexiafeatherchild Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 5:50 am

    Wow, that’s just… awful, but too much of anything is bad, even the so called healthy benefits of water. Even that needs moderation… and those holding the contest to just heckle… if they’re still laughing now, something really wrong with them.

  5. waflay Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 5:56 am

    A lot of a something is always poisonous.. Very educative indeed!

  6. supersajjad Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Wow, I never thought that water is that dangerous to health

  7. clay hurtubise Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Good piece.

  8. LCM Linda Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Great advice. Drink water modestly is important.

  9. TIPS2TRICKS Says...

    On March 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Do not wrong, there’s no harm in drinking eight glasses / day. Just keep in mind that the skin is getting 20 percent of water through food, and other beverages is calculated daily needs, including coffee and tea. However, no alcohol, and materials cause dehydration.

    There are no hard rules on how much water you need, all depends on your body size and level of activity. :)

  10. FX777222999 Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 10:18 am

    Drinking water is good for the body.

  11. Ruby Hawk Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 11:02 am

    I believe moderation is good in all things.

  12. Razorwind Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    Very interesting, who would that water could have adverse health effects.

  13. CA Johnson Says...

    On March 15, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    What an interesting article. I did not know you could die from drinking too much water. I drink a lot of water so I will be careful from now on. Thanks for sharing.

  14. gaby7 Says...

    On March 16, 2012 at 3:34 am

    Another well researched article here sam!

  15. swathipriya Says...

    On March 16, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Interesting article.

  16. Hettie Says...

    On March 31, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Great information :)

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