Drinking too much water is poisonous to our body. Numerous times we hear and read the importance of staying hydrated . With different statistics showing we need a minimum of eight glasses of water per day, we tend to go by the rule and to avoid experiencing dehydration symptoms such as fatigue, we at times over do how much water we take in.
Drinking too much water can also have its side effects that in very severe cases can lead to seizures and a coma. This is because, drinking too much water can lead to intoxication a situation whereby, the body cells get flooded due to low level of sodium in the body. The body requires both salts and ions at an optimal level for it to function properly. Too much water therefore lowers the effectiveness of the body functionality.
The question is how then do we track the amount of water we take, or have we taken excess water than required by the body? The following illustrate symptoms experienced when taking too much water:
- Having clear urine due to excess water intake
We have all at one time or another heard the myths about clear urine being a sign of a well hydrated body. There was a time I was literally one die hard believer of that concept and used it as my measuring scale to know whether am hydrated or not. Truth is, the believed concept is not that reliable. Having exceptionally clear urine without some yellow pigment is a sign of over-hydration as most of the sodium in the body is being flushed out by water. A healthy well hydrated body should produce urine that has an almost transparent yellow color.
- Nausea and Vomiting
Drinking a lot of water leads to excess fluids being stored in the body as the body is unable to get rid of the excess fluids. This leads to symptoms such a nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. According to Hew Butler, dehydration symptoms are like hydration symptoms.
- Swelling and Discoloration of lips, feet and hands
The kidneys are responsible for eliminating waste from the body and dissolve nutrients and minerals. When we consume too much water, we end up storing excess fluids in the kidneys, giving our kidneys, a difficult time getting rid of all the excess fluids. The fluids tend to accumulate within the body, causing swelling of feet and hands as all other waste cannot be removed from the body.
- A feeling of Fatigue
This is also experienced when we are dehydrated. When the body is over-hydrated, we experience the same because, we stress the kidneys in performing its functionalities by making them work harder to ensure it tries to eliminate the excess water while maintaining a balanced fluid level within the bloodstream
- A myriad of Headaches
We mostly experience headaches whenever we have undue stress or are dehydrated. Did you know that being over-hydrated also causes headaches? When you drink too much water, the brain increases in size and presses against the skull causing us to have headaches. This is due to swelling of cells within the body caused by low salt concentration.
The next time you feel tired, lazy to jump out of bed to fire up your day or you feel nauseated, check your water intake. Make sure you do not overdo it nor under do it. Ensure to have an optimal amount of water. Were you shocked by fact that water can also be poisonous to the body? Share your thoughts concerning drinking too much water. Meanwhile, remember to take only the RECOMMENDED amount of water. If you enjoyed reading this, subscribe more of the same.