My Hypothesis- beachgirl04

  1. Is there such thing as drinking too much water?
  2. Drinking too much water too fast can be dangerous
  3. The difference between hydrating by drinking water and hydrating using intravenous fluids
  4. What kind of IV fluid is given to individuals at the hospital for dehydration?
  5. IV fluids are the best way to hydrate someone
  6. Hydration is not only drinking water, hydration replaces electrolytes as well as the minerals in your body so it can balance correctly.

2 thoughts on “My Hypothesis- beachgirl04”

  1. 1. Is there such thing as drinking too much water?
    [You appear to stray from this question as your steps proceed. Is it still an important part of your hypothesis? It was a good way to start a counterintuitive investigation since the common knowledge tells us ALWAYS and WITH CERTAINTY that drinking more water is ALWAYS a good thing.]

    2. Drinking too much water too fast can be dangerous
    [Interesting. In what way? And by the way, this is another step you appear to abandon by the end of your process. Are you progressing from one question to the next to arrive at one good question? Or are you planning to address these different questions in one essay?]

    3. The difference between hydrating by drinking water and hydrating using intravenous fluids
    [I’m sure there are differences, and maybe there’s an optimal hydration level that can be achieved only intravenously. Does that mean we’re wasting our time drinking just water on a hot day because the water only does part of the job? Do Gatorade and its generic equivalents do a better job by replacing electrolytes and minerals? Or does that actually work? Maybe DRINKING electrolytes is useless. Perhaps they can only be absorbed if put directly into the bloodstream. Otherwise, why would hospitals bother? They’d just give their patients Gatorade to drink?]

    4. What kind of IV fluid is given to individuals at the hospital for dehydration?
    [A question well worth asking. Looking forward to the answer.]

    5. IV fluids are the best way to hydrate someone
    [Is this your claim or a hypothesis?]

    6. Hydration is not only drinking water, hydration replaces electrolytes as well as the minerals in your body so it can balance correctly.
    [I would tend to agree, but there are plenty of possibilities for error here, which makes the question worthwhile.]

    Now, I wonder, since the Hypothesis is always a work-in-progress, how your 6 Steps would look if you STARTED with, for example:
    1. Hydration is more than just adding water.
    2. Hydration replaces minerals and electrolytes to the bloodstream AND water to the body’s tissues.
    3. Proper hydration for severely dehydrated patients CANNOT be accomplished by drinking large amounts of water, but requires the intravenous injection of minerals and electrolytes as well.

    Where would it go from there? Would you investigate whether there’s really any benefit to lugging that water around all day and forcing a gallon of water through our guts every 24 hours? What if it turns out we flush needed minerals and electrolytes OUT of our bodies by drinking too much water?

    Etc. Is this helpful in focusing your thinking?

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    1. This helps me a tremendous amount, I just do not know how to narrow it down from number 3 of your suggestions. I feel as if I am going to branch back out like I did in my original post.

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