WHAT HAPPENS, IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH WATER?

Posted 4 years ago in LIFESTYLE.

As you all are aware of dehydration, when your body looses more fluid than you drink and causes excessive sweating, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. But, do you know that over-hydration is also a problem when you drink too much water than your body needs and causes several problems like vomiting,

WHAT HAPPENS, IF YOU DRINK TOO MUCH WATER?

ARE YOU NOT DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER THINKING IF YOU DON’T YOU MAY END UP TO DEHYDRATION?

 

Your kidneys filter out excess water and waste from your bloodstream but they can only process 800ml to 1L of water an hour and if you somehow managed to drink more than that without throwing up, you could run into trouble, because you are drinking faster than your kidney can process it so the excess ends up in your cells. Normally, your cells are surrounded by a carefully balanced solution of sodium and water which flows in and out of through tiny holes in the cellular membrane so it keep the sodium concentration both in and out of the cell, balanced. But when you drink too much water, the sodium solution get diluted. It is not salty enough so some of that excess water rushes into the cell to the restore balance and that because it to the swell up and hence, called water intoxication and it is big problem. Now most of your cells can handle the swelling to a degree, since soft flexible tissue like fat and muscles can scratch but for the cells in your brain it is another story because your skull is not stretchy. It is bone. So as your brain swells it builds up pressure in your head at first you might experience headache, confusion or illness but as a pressure increases your risk your brain damage and even death.

The good news is severe water intoxication is rare and is more likely to happen in people who have kidney issues, since they cannot process water properly to begin with.

 

CONCLUSION

Always try not to drink more than 800 ml to 1L water in an hour. If you are at home and feel thirsty try to drink water with a glass so every time you drink water you will be aware of how much water you should drink. (One of my friends, whenever he asked me for water I used to give him a bottle and what he would do, he would drink 1L water in one breathe). So, if you are at home do not drink water from a bottle you will drink much water than that you need it.

 

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