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How does a person die from drinking too much water?

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As human beings are creatures of chemicals, there can always be too much of a good thing. The human body contains many different chemicals called electrolytes that the body depends on for normal functioning. However, these electrolytes must be within a very stable concentration in order to work properly. If a person takes in more water than they can remove, these electrolytes become diluted and the person goes into what is called water intoxication of hyperhydration. In fact, the theory of sports drinks like Gatorade is that if a drink contains not just water, but the correct concentration of electrolytes, there is minimal risk of water intoxication. People on a low-sodium diet are at higher risk of water intoxication, but the people who should truly be concerned are marathon runners, who by nature drink lots and lots of water. However, most people are much more likely to suffer the opposite end of the spectrum: dehydration.

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