How many water bottles equal a gallon? 7.57 water bottles equal a gallon. There are 128 fluid ounces in a US gallon. Divide the the ounces 128 to the water bottle size and you will get the results. In this case the water bottle size is 16.9 ounces and when it is divided by 128 then the answer is 7.57 water bottles. The amount of water required in a day should define how many water bottles are needed. Dehydration is a common phenomenon when there is not enough water in the body but overhydration is also something that cannot be ignored. The reason is taking the amounts of water in quantities a.that are no longer required in the body.
A regular intake of water in moderate form will result in
- · Undertaking all the bodily functions
- · Dispense all the waste products
- · Releaves constipation
- · Regulating temperature
Water intake depends upon the requirement. You should see the colour of your urine that if it is too dark then better take more water. But if the colour is lighter then a moderate intake will be enough for the body.
Overhydration is a condition in which the water is taken in more than necessary quantity. Water gets easily absorbed in the blood stream which has all the electrolytes in it. The concentration of these electrolytes can be diluted. In this way the level of sodium can drop to drastic levels. This leads to a condition called Hypoantremia. It is very rare that overhydration leads to death but actually it can happen.
Overhydration occurs in two main forms
Water intake is increased in such a quantity that the kidneys are no longer capable of turning it into urine or for the bladder to hold it. This means the quantity of water in blood stream is increased.
Water is retained in body when it is unable to get rid of the excess water properly. Especially the balance between sodium and water is highly effected.
What is the cause of overhydration?
Overhydration that there is more water in your blood stream than being disposed off. The water goes from blood stream into the kidneys but in overhydration the kidneys are not capable of disposing off all the water. The water levels if increased more than the optimum level start diluting the important substances in your body. Athletes drink too much water before and after the event because they perspire a lot.
The recommended quantity of water intake should be 9-13 cups or 78-100 ounces. This is an estimate not a standard. The water intake depends on many conditions like activity level, overall health, weather, sex and age. People who have a medical condition like fever, live in extreme weather conditions or indulge into significant activities will need to have more water intake than usual.
The colour of urine should be checked to know the water intake. Place yellow routine indicates that the water levels inside the body are good. Darker urine means you need more water. If the urine is colourless then you are overhydrated. Athletes are more at risk of of overhydration because they drink to much water being afraid of dehydration. A good goal to know the level of knowing the need of water is thirst. There are some conditions in which the body retains more fluid that causes overhydration.
- · Uncontrolled diabetes
- · Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug
- · Inappropriate antidiuretic drug
- · Kidney problems
- · Liver problem
- · Congestive heart failure.
There are conditions in which the water intake is increased because they cause increased thirst.
- · Diuretics
- · Antipsychotic drugs
- · MDMA or ecstasy
- · Schizophrenia
Following are the people who are at risk of overhydration
- · Hikers
- · Military personnel during their training exercise.
- · Elite rowers
- · Rugby players
- · Endurance cyclist
- · Ironman triathletes
- · Marathon racers (longer than 26.2 miles)
Symptoms of overhydration
Check for the symptoms of overhydration to take the necessary measures.
- · Disorientation and confusion in mental state
- · Headaches
- · Vomiting and nausea
If the sodium levels in the body has hit the dangerously low level then there are much severe symptoms
- · Coma
- · Unconsciousness
- · Seizures.
- · Cramps, spasms or muscle weakness
Diagnosis of overhydration
The physician checks for the symptoms of overhydration. If he feels that there is requirement of test than he can run some necessary blood or urine tests.
Treatment of overhydration.
There are some simple steps which you have to take to treat overhydration.
- · Minimize the fluid intake. If the overhydrstion us to an extreme level then fluids should be stopped at all
- · Urine production needs to be increased to get rid of excess water so take diuretics
- · If there is an underlying medical condition going on then treat that first.
- · Cutting back on the medication that is leading to overhydration
- · In severe cases sodium has to be replaced.
Endurance athletes are more at risk of overhydration. If they contract any other medical condition then they can effect their health eventually effecting their career. A simple remedy is that they should weigh themselves before and after the training so they will know how much water is lost. In this early they can have an estimate of the water required.
Thirst is a very good guide because that will tell you that either you need to drink water or not. While exercising 2 to 4 cups of water are enough to keep the water levels adequate. You can also have beverages that can be replaced with water which can make up for the loss of electrolytes like potassium and sodium.
If there is an underlying medical condition going on then you should consult the doctor. Get the condition treated first then you will be able to cope with the overhydration problem. See for being unusually thirsty then you should see if you have any other condition going on.
Overhydration is a condition that needs serious attention. It cannot be ignored and taken as a good sign of being able to take so much water. Water is required and is making up seventy percent of body. The requirement should be as per the need and you should listen to your body if something is flooding then you should cut back on the unnecessary fluids.