Girls, please don't take diuretics for weight loss! It can literally kill you. People who take diuretics prescribed by doctors are only doing so because their health problems are more serious than the risks of taking a diuretic.
I saw an online video with a girl who advised taking diuretics to assist with weight loss. If only this terrible misinformation would stop being spread! It will do nothing for the fat on your body. All it will do is cause perhaps a couple of temporary pounds (which is water your body needs to function!), organ damage, and even death! To lose fat, you need to drastically lower the sugars, corn syrups, refined carbohydrates from your diet and don't ingest more than 2,000 calories a day (unless you're in sports or extremely active, then you need more than that!). It's very hard, and very simple, but it won't cause you to live on life support in the hospital or die!
WiseGeek, you need to update your articles about diuretics to give more realistic serious warning about hyponatremia. It doesn't "just" cause seizures (which are serious to begin with) but can cause your heart's electrical system that needs sodium (remember those fun experiments in school about the conductivity of saltwater?) to not function and kills.
Look up the lady who died after drinking a gallon of water in a to win a gaming system called something like "Hold your Wee (pee) for a Wii" on a radio contest. This poor woman is not a rarity. College kids have died from similar contests like trying to get "water drunk" or try to drink a gallon of milk without puking.
It's good to drink half a gallon of water a day. Over the whole day, not all at once. Drinking a large amount of liquid in a short period of time is a disaster waiting to happen. (Like a half gallon in a single hour!). And that's for a full sized adult.
Some people were told to give your baby a couple of bottles of water in the hot months, too, and it's wrong. Ask your pediatrician for literature. Feeding your baby a single full baby bottle of water can kill, too. Not enough people know this.
Water is good, but just like many things in life, too much of even the most harmless substance can cause grave danger. Please pass this on to your friends, family, social media, facebook, and spread the word.