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Can Drinking Too Much Water Cause Kidney Failure

2015-01-04 16:13| Font Size A A A

Can Drinking Too Much Water Cause Kidney FailureAs we all know, our kidneys is an important filtering organs which can help regulate and balance the water in the body. Well then, can drinking too much water cause kidney failure? For injured kidneys, they can not bear heavy burden and high fluid intake will increase kidney burden, so many kidney failure patients are told to limit fluid intake, so as to residual kidney function. Well then, how about we healthy people? Can it cause kidney failure if we drink too much water?

Water is an important part of our body and since we lose so much water every day through urine, sweat and even breathing. Therefore, it is important to replenish our supply daily. As for the question, I am afraid the answer is Yes. One of our kidney function is to produce urine and it is normal for one to urinate a lot when he drinks a lots of water. Urine is normally produced in the kidney and then emptied into bladder through ureter. Kidney is the organ that takes charge of producing urine, and when we drink excess water everyday, our kidneys have to work overtime to filter excess water everyday, our kidneys have to work overtime to filter excess water out of our circulatory system. If the condition lasts for a long time, kidney damages are caused easily. In addition, If we healthy people drink a large amount of water, it will increase extra burden to the healthy kidneys and increase unnecessary burden on our heart and blood vessels. For the reasons, it is very necessary to adjust our daily intake of water.

Well then, how much water can we drink in a day? As a mater of fact, many factors can affect our daily intake of fluid like health condition, diet habit, lifestyles and living conditions and so on. Even though, there is a reference value according to Institute of Medicine and it indicates that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and for women is 2.1 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. If you have any doubts, welcome to leave a message below or talk with our online doctors directly.

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