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Thread: In today's 'Really?' news: drinking 8 glasses of water/day could be harmful to you

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    Default In today's 'Really?' news: drinking 8 glasses of water/day could be harmful to you

    It is said to help us prevent kidney damage, lose weight and increase concentration levels.

    But experts now warn that drinking eight glasses of water a day is not good for you after all – and could be harmful.

    They say that scientific claims behind long-standing government guidelines are worse than ‘nonsense’.

    The NHS – along with leading doctors and nutritionists – advises the public to drink about 1.2 litres (or two-and-a-half pints) of water per day.

    However, a report describes the danger of dehydration as a ‘myth’ and says there is no evidence behind claims that water prevents multiple health problems.

    Glasgow-based GP Margaret McCartney says the NHS Choices website’s advice that people should drink six to eight glasses a day is ‘not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense’. She adds that the benefits of the drink are often exaggerated by ‘organisations with vested interests’ such as bottled water brands.

    Writing in the British Medical Journal, Dr McCartney also points out that research shows drinking when not thirsty can impair concentration, rather than boost it, and separate evidence suggests that chemicals used for disinfection found in bottled water could be bad for your health.

    Drinking excessive amounts can also lead to loss of sleep as people have to get up in the night to go to the toilet, and other studies show it can even cause kidney damage, instead of preventing it.
    Worryingly, Dr McCartney also warns that taking on too much water can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition called hyponatraemia, which sees the body’s salt levels drop and can lead to swelling of the brain.

    In 2003 actor Anthony Andrews, who starred in the ITV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, was hit by the illness after drinking too much water during rehearsals for a West End role.


    Drinking too much water 'can be bad for your health': Benefits are a myth | Mail Online

    I don't care what this article tells me: I'll stick with my plenty of glasses of water a day--my skin's more hydrated, I do eat less, I clean toxins out of my system and I just feel healthier. What other alternative do I have to 'drink plenty of'???
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    Crap. My doctor told me I have to drink more water because of my heart condition and the diuretics I have to take that potentially could dehydrate me.


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    I dont see the harm, some rare condituon that is as likely to affect me as anything else I do.

    I get up to pee a few times a night thanks to a bladder problem, I'm just fine.

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    As with most other things in life: everything in moderation.

    Yet, I do agree that it shouldn't HURT you to drink that much, unless you have a specific medical condition that you shouldn't be drinking that amount for some reason.

    I'm sure many medical professionals would prefer large amounts of water being consumed than sodas, high sugar juices, etc.

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    If I don't drink 10 glasses a day I'll start to get a uti. Also I'm a runner and I need to drink more than a non-runner. As long as your sodium levels don't get too low I see no harm in sticking with 8 a day.
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    I'm sure I drink more than that, especially in the summer.
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    Glasgow-based GP Margaret McCartney says the NHS Choices website’s advice that people should drink six to eight glasses a day is ‘not only nonsense, but thoroughly debunked nonsense’.
    Debunked by who? Her? I haven't heard anyone else describe it as "nonsense" except those scarecrows who wrote that Skinny Bitch book.

    She adds that the benefits of the drink are often exaggerated by ‘organisations with vested interests’ such as bottled water brands.
    They've been pushing 8 glasses a day for as long as I can remember, and that's much longer than commercially sold bottled water has been around. I think the doc is full of shite. Water should help flush that out.

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    Oh fer

    Drink if you're thirsty, if you've been exercising and sweating a lot. Drink till you don't want to anymore.

    Your body will regulate how much damn water it needs in your system. If it's not enough, you'll get thirsty. If it's too much, you'll pee.

    Too much water means you piss out vital minerals and vitamins.

    Your body knows what it's doing. It's had a few million years to figure it out.
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    Eight martinis a day is still ok though, right?
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    ^^Definitely! Especially with olives and onions and stuff, you gotta get your veggies.
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    I had heard it was bad for toddlers to have too much water. Wouldn't you just pee it out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by darksithbunny View Post
    I had heard it was bad for toddlers to have too much water. Wouldn't you just pee it out?
    At a certain point, your body starts to flush out minerals like potassium if you drink too much water. This causes electrolyte imbalances that could lead to heart attacks or kidney and liver disfunction.

    I never bought the "8 glasses a day" nonsense. Yeah, if it's hot and dry, I drink tons. But every fricking day? Not unless my body tells me to, though I had one health nazi tell me that if I feel thirst it's too late, my body cannot replenish those fluids without a "cleanse". No, it wasn't GOOP.
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    Some woman died a few years ago from water intoxication. She wanted to win a radio contest. Of course, this is an extreme incident, but too much water can kill you!!

    Jury Rules Against Radio Station After Water-Drinking Contest Kills Calif. Mom during the show.

    The husband of a California woman who died after participating in a radio station's water drinking contest said he hopes a jury's $16.5 million compensation award following a wrongful death lawsuit will send a message to other corporations dealing with the public.

    "It was a preventable thing," Billy Strange told "Good Morning America" today of his wife's 2007 death from water toxicity. The radio station, he said, "had the information months in advance that this could cause harm."

    After two weeks of deliberations, jurors last weekfound Entercom Sacramento LLC, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Entercom Communications Corp., liable for the actions of its employees at Sacramento radio station KDND-FM, the Associated Press reported.

    Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old mother of three, was among 18 people who entered the "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" competition. They tried to drink as much water as they could without urinating in a bid to win a Nintendo Wii gaming console.

    Though the defense argued that Strange should have accepted some responsibility in knowing that drinking so much water was dangerous, Billy Strange's attorney Roger Dreyer told "GMA" that she acted as any normal person would have in those circumstances.

    "She acted based upon the information she had," Dreyer said, calling the ruling "vindication for Jennifer." "We believe that people are constantly told we should drink water." Strange drank nearly two gallons of water in over three hours on Jan. 12, 2007. During the contest, she could be heard complaining about pain to disc jockeys at 107.9 "The End." "Oh, it hurts," Strange said, while one male disc
    jockey remarked that she looked pregnant and another, a woman, said "That is so funny."

    Warnings Were Called In

    Listeners including Eva Brooks had even called into the show to warn about the potential consequences of the game. "Those people that are drinking all that water can get sick and possibly die from water intoxication," Brooks said, to which disc jockeys replied they "were aware of that" and that contestants had signed a release "so we're not responsible."

    Strange left after taking second place, winning a pair of concert tickets. She then called in sick at work and died in her bathroom just hours after the contest. Dreyer charged that even after getting phone calls -- one from a nurse -- the DJs did not pass along information about the dangers of drinking too much water to the contestants. Midway through the contest, he said, the amount of water given to the participants was doubled.

    Possibility of Death Was Raised During Broadcast

    A coroner ruled that her death was due to water intoxication. The disc jokeys themselves had raised that possibility

    "Can you get water poisoning and, like, die?" asked the female disc jockey. "Not with water," a male disc jockey replied. "Your body is 98 percent water. Why can't you take in as much water as you want?" "Maybe we should have researched this before," the female disc jockey added.

    Ten employees were fired following the incident.

    Speaking after the verdict, juror LaTeshia Paggett said the contest had never gone to the legal department "and it was supposed to go to legal."

    Juror Tammy Elliott focused on the cautionary phone calls. "The biggest thing that got most of us was all of the phone calls that came in," she said. "Like, a nurse called." In a statement, Entercom called Strange's death "a tragedy" and said it respected the jury's decision. Billy Strange said adjusting to life without the wife and mother was "a one step at a time process." Jennifer Strange's youngest daughter was just 11 months old when her mother died. Billy Strange said she is truly her mother's daughter, a comfort to the entire family. "In the brief amount of time she got to spend with Jen, the 11 months," he said, "she really picked up on a lot of her qualities and her personality."


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    ^^ she drank 2 GALLONS within 3 hours?
    the contest was crazy and i feel like the radio station should be held responsible to an extend for not doing their research and for not providing enough information, especially after so many people called in, but this woman was obviously an idiot. and for a fucking WII?!
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    That's an extreme example of what NOT to do.
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