Can drinking water kill you?

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  1. Pork Chop Sandwiches

    Pork Chop Sandwiches Extraordinary Member

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    This was in the NYT today (link - but probably won't work for you). I think it's pretty interesting, and it's surprising this is the first documentation of this.

    Cliffs: Slow people drink too much water during long races. That drops their sodium concentration in their blood, which can potentially lead to death.

     
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  2. dank

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    yep
     
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    i havent drank water in 10 years cuz I'm so afraid
     
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    :rofl:
     
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    you have to drink ALOT of water to do this....and that's usually why they have gatorade at marathons instead of water...to replinish your sodium and electrolytes
     
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    they don't have gatorade instead of water because they think you're going to die.
     
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    they have gatorade at the racess so they can promote gatorade.
     
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    you can also be "overhydrated" from drinking too much water w/o exercise. happened to that one college kid, they made him drink and drink and drink water instead of alcohol during a hazing event. kid ended up dying.
     
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    Long distance cycling events I'll drink one 22oz bottle of Cytomax or Accelerade per hour 1/2 22oz bottle of water per hour and 3 Endurolytes caps per hour .. this is only for anything over 4 hours though .. less than that I skip the E-caps

    And for the record Gatorade is shitty at replacing electrolytes, they use it because its cheap (or free) compared to real carbo drinks.
     
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    yes.

    too much water = dliutes your sodium/electrolyte levels

    so you dont really die of water consumption, you die of not having enough sodium in your body to carry on natural processes
     
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    Back at ya jackhole
     
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    Too true. But, this also leads to kidney failure. So, you die of "dirty" blood.
     
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    People drink gatorade because the real stuff is thick and disgusting
     
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    ...and not elite enough to drink the 'real stuff'.
     
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    I think it is important to think of it not as diluting sodium/electrolyte levels, and therefore not having enough sodium to carry on natural processes. If I eat some X amount of sodium in a day, and 3 litres of water, or if I eat X amount and drink 20 litres, I'm still gonna have the same sodium levels. The problem is that the the concentration of water in the plasma and extracellular fluids increase to a point where its greater than the water concentration in the intercellular fluid, so the water moves accross the semi pemrmeable membrane to follow its concentration gradient, causing Haemolysis, or the rupture of the cell. Or in the above article, swelling of the swells and where they meet the skull wall.

    If you are a person scientifically interested in this, the emergency response is to inject the paitent with either mannitol or its isotope D-sorbitol. These particles are too large to move accross the membrane. They increase the osmolarity of the extra cellular fluid, causing water to diffuse out of the cell into the blood stream, relieving the pressure on the brain
     
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    BUt yes, diluting electrolyte levels is key to this condition, as decreased osmolarity of blood = increased water concentration
     
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    my dad took care of an insane guy who drank wayyyyy too much water and had to go to the icu because his kidneys got fucked
     
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    so let me get this straight.

    you explode on the inside? :bigthumb:

    cool post :)

     
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    some dumb 16 year old bitch in colorado drank too much water after taking extacy and she died. Natural selection.
     
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    Yeah your cells can rupture. Take a blood sample and mix in any molar amount of NaCl below 0.154M, the solution will turn red because of the exploded red blood cells. Even when spun in a centrifuge it will remain red
     
  22. Ilyusha

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    Eh, if you drink 10 gallons in a substantially short period of time, you will die.
     
  23. michael

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    thanks for reiterating what i said to begin with :slap:

    but very informative post, nonetheless.
     
  24. devilangel

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    too much of a good thing is a bad thing... its all about moderation and finding the balance in life..
     
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    :ugh: do u know how electrolytes are replenished or the even the symport of salts/glucose and ions into ur cells? when someone is severly dehydrated, so much that they're taken to the ER, ask those EMT's what their shoving up those IVs next time
     
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