Chris Pratt claimed that his trainer had him on an insane plan, including an unhealthy amount of water.
There is good and there is bad but too much of anything can harm the human body. That includes water. The main source of hydration and health in many ways can be harmful to humans if they use it in excess. Actor Chris Pratt allegedly drank an insane amount of water during prep for his roles.
Pratt played Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy nearly a decade ago and the franchise has been wildly successful. Now, there is another version of the movie here in 2023 so Pratt’s prep for the role has resurfaced.
During an interview with Vanity Fair, Pratt admits that he was advised to drink one glass of water for each pound of bodyweight. At the time, he was around 220 pounds, which means he drank 220 glasses of water each day.
“I was peeing all day long, every day. That part was a nightmare.”
To put it into perspective, it is recommended that men drink around 3.7 liters per day, which is one gallon, while women are advised to drink 2.7 liters. According to Daily Mail, experts calculated that this much water would add up to almost 57 liters and is the. equivalent of 15 gallons.
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What Is Water Poisoning?
The story was shared on social media and it sparked a response from Ryan Marino, who is a toxicologist. According to Marino, drinking this amount of water would not be possible and if it happens, it is very dangerous.
“Hi! Poisoning doctor here! This is not possible and is literally how you get water poisoning, which is really, rally dangerous to do cause it’s really, really bad. He absolutely did not do this, and you should not do this, too!”
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! https://t.co/tfSPrSTloz
— Ryan Marino, MD (@RyanMarino) September 24, 2023
Water poisoning is rare but possible when an immense amount of water enters the body in a short period of time. Water moves into brain cells and cause them to swell. When this happens, symptoms of intoxication emerge including confusion, disorientation, nausea, and vomiting.
A case report by the National Library of Medicine into the death of a 64-year-old woman, who drank 30-40 glasses of water the night before her death, explained the dangers further.
“Water intoxication provokes disturbances in electrolyte balance, resulting in rapid decrease in serum sodium concentration and eventual death. The development of acute dilution hyponatraemia [low sodium] causes neurological symptoms because of the movement of water into the brain cells, in response to fall in the extra cellular osmolality.”
If Chris Pratt did drink this amount of water consistently during prep, it is a dangerous method that can have severe ramifications.