22 Feb Is It Possible to Drink Too Much Water? Check These Signs and Symptoms
From everything you read and hear about taking water, you might think that drinking too much water is good for your health, health experts and dietitians always remind us the importance of taking enough water for our body systems to function properly. In fact, you won’t be surprised that with whichever health issue you are dealing with their advice will usually be ‘drink more water.’ The much-hyped advice makes water sound like some kind of healing solution you can’t have enough of. These professionals fail to underscore the fact that even though the effects are dehydration are worrying equally over hydrations effects on our health are devastating.
Drinking too much water can result in hyponatremia a serious health condition that is simply referred to as water intoxication. Hyponatremia is responsible for the flooding of the internal body cells due to abnormally low levels of sodium in the bloodstream. The effects of taking too much water include fatigue and exhaustion, coma, seizures and can even result in death. These effects seem not that severe, but they are disruptive. Below we have discussed nine signs indicating that you could be drinking too much of this life-giving fluid.
You constantly carry a bottle of water; you don’t easily leave your house without one.
If you are this type of person, who can’t do without a bottle of water on their side and often refills when the water is depleted then know that you may be taking too much of water into your system. Water is absolutely important for our body, but as the rule is, you can’t have too much of something good. So be sure that you are feeling thirsty before taking down a gulp of water.
Your Urine is clear.
Urine color is a good marker to indicate whether you are dehydrated or hydrated. Usually, if you are taking the right amount of water, your urine pigmentation should be straw-colored to transparent yellow, if you have heard before that clear urine is a sign of hydration, then you are misled the truth is urine should have some color in it.
Frequent Urination even at night.
Peeing all the time is a visible sign that you are taking too much water. Average people urinate six to eight times a day so, if you find yourself doing the rounds to over ten times a day, this might be a sign that you are taking too much then your body wants. To prevent multiple journeys to the wash-rooms at night make sure you take water hours early before resting time to give the kidney time to filter water through the body.
Feeling nauseous and sometimes vomiting.
Taking too much water congests your kidneys, the kidneys find it hard to get rid of the excess water and water starts to collect in your body. This can result in unpleasant symptoms similar to those of dehydration. They include vomiting, feeling nauseous and diarrhea.
With too much water in your body, the sodium levels in your bloodstream reduce, this can result in general body cells swell, and consequently, your brain cells increase in size causing a lot of straining on your skull that causes a headache.
Drinking water even when you’re not thirsty.
According to a research carried out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of sciences, it indicated that when we feel thirst and drink water our swallow
reflex diminishes when we have had enough of what our body needs at the moment. So, thirst is a great determinant of whether we need to take water or not, drinking water when you are not thirsty obviously will mean you are taking too much of it.
You notice Swollen and Discolored Hands, Feet, and Lips.
The swelling and discoloration are as a result of the flaccid cells when there is a sodium level imbalance in your body fluids rush to fill the cell and cause the swelling and discoloration.
You feel tired or fatigued.
Taking too much water means a lot of work for the kidneys, a lot of work for the kidneys induces reactions from your body hormones due to the reduced metabolism rate that leaves your body fatigued.
You’re Getting Cramps.
Muscle cramps are yet another sign that you are taking too much water when you drink too much water your body electrolyte levels drop due loss of potassium as a result of frequent urination. With low electrolyte levels, your body balance is greatly compromised that in the long run result in body cramps.
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