It seems to me that those claiming they can take more than 5 qts as long as they go slowly may be mistaken. As you take in more and more water, the water is being absorbed by the colon and processed thru the kidney and into the bladder. You may "take in" 6 or 7 qts. but that doesn't necessarily mean that you still have the entire 6 or 7 qts. in your colon at once.