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glug [May. 13th, 2006|01:03 am]
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“ You should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” The bottled water industry loves this myth, but according to kidney specialist Dr. Heinz Valtin, there is no scientfic evidence to support the claim.

[User Picture]From: othermusketeer
2006-05-14 11:02 pm (UTC)
Actually, you need to drink a lot more than 20 'cups' to die. Its closer to 8 gallons in a day.

I read a news article a few years ago about how soldiers in Iraq (it did not specify which 'war' it meant) drank HUGE amounts of water (+8 gallons) a day to avoid dehydration. The result was their brain swelled up, they slipped into a coma (sp?), and died. The article said is was something about differences in salt concentrations. *shrugs*

The amount that you need to drink a day is mainly dependent on your weight. Pregnancy, ambient temperature, humidity, exercise, diarrhea, and health concerns can raise the requirements. The base is: [weight(lbs) x 16] / 240 mL = # of 8oz cups per day

If you google hard enough, you can find sites that let you calculate it. I posted a comment about this in the past here
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[User Picture]From: faerie_mistress
2006-05-14 11:09 pm (UTC)
I didn't mean die, I meant once you go over 6 litres a day is when it starts to give you ill effects as that volume of water puts stress your kidneys and begins to leech good nutrients from your body.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-15 08:27 am (UTC)
You're awesome Thank you so much for this information!
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[User Picture]From: othermusketeer
2006-05-15 09:47 am (UTC)
You are welcome. :- )

Unfortunately, due to weight gained during a long bout of depression (still hear actually), my base amount is over 18 cups of fluid a day. Then, living in SE Florida and being a human heater (sometimes sweat in 60F), I should drink even more.

Most days I only drink about 5-12 cups of ANY fluid.
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[User Picture]From: randomposting
2006-05-15 11:12 am (UTC)
Oh gosh! That's a lot of water. If you were drinking that much, I might need to send your bladder some flowers or something, just for being such a trooper.
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