Report claims Chris Pratt drank an enormous amount of water for fitness? Is it possible?

Report claims Chris Pratt drank an enormous amount of water for fitness? Is it possible?

Several reports suggest that Chris Pratt, a prominent Marvel star, followed a rigorous fitness and nutrition regimen during the filming of Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014.
According to a recent article by Vanity Fair, Pratt, 44 years old at the time, adhered to a demanding diet plan, raising concerns among experts. Allegedly, his nutritionist advised him to consume one glass of water for every pound he weighed.
The article suggests that Chris Pratt consumed an excessive amount of water, exceeding 100 glasses per day, as part of his intensive preparation for the character “Star-Lord.”
But, this quantity appears impractical and potentially hazardous.
Pratt’s statement, “I was peeing all day long, every day. That part was a nightmare” is doing rounds all over the internet.

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While some say that the amount of water is harmful for any normal person, others can take this on as a challenge. For the most part, while water is an elixir that sustains life, excess water consumption can prove threatening to our health and well-being. Overhydration can take the form of water poisoning and do more harm than good.

What is Water poisoning or Water intoxication

The human kidneys have a capacity to eliminate approximately 0.8 to 1.0 liters of water per hour. Consuming an exceptionally large amount of water can disrupt the body’s balance of electrolytes.
Overhydration can occur through two primary means: excessive water consumption or the kidneys retaining an excessive amount of water. In both these conditions, it can result in water toxicity, commonly referred to as water poisoning. The volume of water in the body becomes too substantial for the kidneys to expel, causing a dilution of electrolytes.

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And subsequently, when the concentration of sodium (salt) in your body becomes overly diluted, it can lead to a condition called hyponatremia, which is the primary concern associated with overhydration. The significant reduction in sodium levels prompts an influx of fluids into your cells, resulting in swelling or inflammation.

Symptoms of Water intoxication

Symptoms of water intoxication typically manifest when an individual consumes over 3 to 4 liters of water within a few hours and especially when they are sedentary.

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These signs may come in the form of headaches, muscle cramping, spasms, weakness, feelings of nausea, vomiting, drowsiness, and fatigue. In severe instances, water intoxication can escalate to seizures or loss of consciousness. Without prompt treatment, it can prove to be a life-threatening condition.

How much water consumption is healthy?

Although there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution or amount, Harvard Health recommends “For healthy individuals, the average daily water for men is about 15.5 cups and for women about 11.5 cups. That might mean you need only four to six cups of plain water, depending on other fluid sources such as coffee, tea, juice, fruits, and vegetables.”
Further, your water intake needs are influenced by various factors. During exercise, especially when you’re sweating, increasing water intake is crucial to compensate for fluid loss. Extended periods of intense physical activity, like marathons, necessitate replenishing both water and sodium to maintain balance. Adjusting your water intake according to external temperatures is also important, particularly during hot weather when you may feel thirstier.
But, at the same time we strongly recommend that one should consult a medical professional before determining how much water to intake in accordance with their physical activities, age, weight etc.

Is the claim correct?

While Vanity Fair did edit the text and change it to ‘one ounce of water per pound of body weight’, experts have said that is still a very risky amount. The Washington Post wrote that this would still amount to 1.9 gallons, or 7.2 liters.
Ryan Marino, MD, posted on X (formerly Twitter) “Hi! Poisoning doctor here! This is not possible and is literally how you get water poisoning, which is really, really dangerous to do cause it’s really, really bad. He absolutely did not do this, and you should not do this, too!”
Thus, while drinking water is essential for healthy functioning of mind and body it is important to practice moderation in this arena as well to mitigate any risks.

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