How much water does it take to drown?

2nd June, 2010 - Posted by Terri - No Comments

Most adults know the answer to the question “How much water does it take to drown?”  Any amount of water that covers the mouth & nose.

But many adults believe that drinking too much water in a day will also cause drowning.  Here are a few facts according to Wiki…

  • Drinking too much water (and we’re talking buckets here…gallons and gallons and gallons!) will eventually thin out the blood to the point where you’ll get really sick. It might even lead to liquid collecting in your lungs, which I suppose could be considered drowning.
  • Drinking too much water can lead to a condition known as water intoxication and to a related problem resulting from the dilution of sodium in the body, hyponatremia.
  • You can’t drown yourself unless you get too much water in your windpipe, which the human body is designed to avoid.
  • The bladder can only hold so much water before it ruptures however; about 500-700 mL.

The truth is that most people suffer from the exact opposite of drowning…We are actually suffering from some stage of dehydration!  When someone becomes dehydrated, their organs do not have the fluids they need in order to operate. This can cause many problems, sometimes quite severe, and may even lead to organ failure.

I point this all out because one of the most important elements to our bodies (and survival) is water.  The average person can survive without food for 4 to 6 weeks, while to survive a week without water is considered a miracle.  Water makes up 60%-70% of our bodies.  Hence, all the essential organs of our body require ample amounts of water in order to perform properly.

Have you ever had unexplained dizziness, dry mouth, headache, weakness or been light-headed?  Take stock of your day’s water consumption.  That’s probably the culprit.  (BTW-I also notice tinenitis and more stiffness as I wake up…fatigue, too.)

So as we begin the Summer, be sure to drink fresh, clean water for a Healthy New Day!

P.S.  As we age ( I’m talking Seniors) we are not as aware of dehydration until it’s too late.  Be proactive and make it a point to stop what you’re doing every hour to drink a glass of water…not coffee or tea as they add to dehydration.

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