American martial arts legend Bruce Lee might have died due to drinking too much water, a recent study by kidney specialists in Spain has claimed. The study was published in the December 2022 edition of the Clinical Kidney Journal.
What are the findings of the study? The researchers wrote that Bruce Lee possessed multiple risk factors for hypoatraemia (low level of sodium in blood). They claimed that Lee may have been consuming unusually high quantities of liquid due to his fluid diet, which consisted of lots of juices and protein drinks. Further the use of marijuana might have also increased his thirst.
"We hypothesise that Bruce Lee died from a specific form of kidney dysfunction; the inability to excrete enough water to mainatin water homeostasis," the researchers wrote.
Well, the answer to the question lies in how much water you are consuming in an hour. It also depends upon the age and health of a person.
The kidneys of older adults and children are less efficient, so the amount of water they can drink per hour is relatively lower.
Point to note: It's only when a person drinks more water than his kidneys can flush out is when water intoxication occurs.
What is water intoxication? Drinking too much water can cause water intoxication in the body. The symptoms of water intoxication are confusion, disorientation, nausea and vomiting.
What causes hyponatremia?
So, how much water should a person drink?
Bottomline: It is quite rare for a person to die from drinking excessive drinking water. Yes, it is possible, but it happens quite rarely.
Bruce Lee's death: Bruce Lee died on July 20, 1973, at the age of 32. Doctors had diagnosed him with cerebral oedema two months before his death. On the day he died, he was given the painkiller Equagesic for a headache. He went to his room for a nap that he never woke up from.