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Question #23204 posted on 02/27/2006 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I love drinking water, and I usually drink more than the recommended 64 ounces a day. Aside from keeping me alive, what benefits do I receive from drinking water?

- Guzzler

A: Dear Guzzler:

Well, according to my nutrition books, a lot. Water in your body helps you regulate your temperature, remove waste, form lubricants in your joints, forms saliva and bile. These are just some of the functions of water, but these functions can be received on a low water diet as well as a high water diet. There is such a thing as getting too much water, and it happens when you don't have enough salt/potassium in your body to balance out the water intake. When excessive water overwhelms the kidneys, it can lead to headache, blurred vision, cramps, convulsions, and maybe death. Now, do I think you're drinking too much water? No. However, I would recommend drinking a gatorade every now and then to restore your electrolytes--especially if you're exercising a lot.

Hooray for frequent bathroom breaks.