It’s not just how much you take in; it’s how fast your body can purge it.
To learn more about this topic, start your googling with these keywords:
Poison: A substance that is capable of causing illness or death when introduced or absorbed.
Overdose: A dangerously large dose of a substance.
Biotransformation: The process by which foreign chemicals are transformed by the body into less toxic substances.
Polydipsia: The medical term for feelings of extreme thirst that can lead to hyponatremia.
Hyponatremia: Abnormally low sodium in the blood often caused by excessive water consumption.
Lethal Concentration – The concentration a substance needs to be in the bloodstream to kill 50% of subjects.
Metabolism – the chemical processes that occur within a living organism in order to maintain life.
Toxicity – the quality of being toxic or poisonous.
Excretion – the process of eliminating or expelling waste matter.
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