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Can you ever drink too much water?
Question Date: 2010-01-13
Answer 1:

Yes and people have actually died from it. If you drink too much water you can mess up the ratio of electrolytes within your body (sodium, potassium, calcium, etc). Without the proper proportion of electrolytes your cells would not function properly and your organs would either have difficulty doing their work or might stop functioning altogether. For example you kidneys could not process all the fluid without electrolytes and filter out impurities.

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