Is It True That Too Much Water Can Kill You?

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Yes, but it is highly unlikely for that happen during anyone's normal routine. A few years ago, a college student died during a fraternity initiation after being hazed into drinking too much water. A high school football player suffering from cramps during a routine practice consumed too much too fast and died of complications. A similar incidence happened to a participant in a west-coast radio show's "water drinking" contest. But, those situations are unique and involved binge drinking.

You may have heard of the "Japanese Water Diet" where you consume 2 liters of water every day. Although that might sound like a lot, health authorities commonly recommend consuming eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day, which equals 1.89 liters or about half a gallon. Naturally those living in hotter climates or participating in strenuous activities may require even more water.

Since water does fill you up, there can be significant benefits to weight loss and weight management. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you can save 240 calories every time you substitute a 20-ounce glass of water for the same amount of a sugar-sweetened beverage. So replacing that Big Gulp with water could save you 500-plus calories a day. Plus, water helps your body:

  • Keep your body temperature normal
  • Lubricate and cushion joints
  • Protect your spinal cord and other sensitive tissues
  • Get rid of waste through urination, perspiration and bowel function

For most of us, drinking more water is a very good idea. Water does help to fill you up, so you will probably eat less while gaining the added benefit of improved digestion and kidney function. If you're looking for a weight loss advantage, contact the Metabolic Research Center, our programs were developed by doctors and dietitians to be both safe and effective.


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