Time and again we are warned about the dangers of drinking too little water and about the risks of dehydration. From water reminder apps to stories recommending 8 glasses of water a day, we are bombarded with information on the importance of adequate water intake.
But there are some who also warn us against drinking too much water. Is it really possible to drink too much water or is this yet another health myth?
Is There Such A Thing As Excess Water Intake?
“Excessive water intake can pose a serious health risk, as it causes electrolyte imbalances, resulting in a condition called hyponatremia – this can even be fatal”
We all know that it’s important to drink water, but it is apparently possible to go too far. Yes, there’s even a medical term for the condition that results from water intake and it’s called hyponatremia or water intoxication.
Although rare, there have been cases of water intoxication in which an individual consumes too much water in a short span of time. This is dangerous as it results in electrolyte imbalances, wherein levels of blood sodium or salt drop dangerously low.
This can cause liquid from the blood to move into the cells, resulting in swelling, that also causes swelling of the brain, leading to seizures and a coma. In extreme cases, it can even cause death.
How To Deal With Water Intoxication?
“If you notice symptoms like headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting soon after drinking a huge amount of water, seek immediate emergency medical care”
The most important thing to do in case of water intoxication is to seek emergency medical care. This makes it important to recognize the warning signs of water intoxication.
These symptoms are very similar to those experienced with a heatstroke and can include headaches, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Before you start to panic and cut down on your water intake, just remember that you’d probably need to drink gallons of water to suffer water intoxication.
Instead, make it a habit to drink water frequently through the day, just one glass at a time!
December 4, 2017