- Aside from making sure that we drink the right amount of water every day, we also have to check if we’re drinking too much already
- Overhydration can actually cause serious health problems
- Experts say overhydration ruins the balance of electrolytes in the bloodstream
We’ve always been told to drink at least eight glasses of water every day because it’s good for the body.
We’ve heard it — that drinking a lot of water can heal our colds, help in weight loss, and can even clear our skin and that we can never go wrong with choosing water rather than flavored drinks.
Basically, drinking water can do many wonders in our health. However, loading up too much water into our system can actually cause “serious adverse health effects,” according to a report.
Overhydration, according to Doctor James Lewis III, is an excess water in the body and it occurs “when the body takes in more water than it loses.”
“Overhydration can occur when people drink much more water than their body needs,” Lewis said.
But when do we know that we’ve had enough water for the day? Is it when we stop wanting to load up water into our system? Or should we take note of our water intake every single day?
Most experts recommend that individuals should calculate half of their weight and take that number of ounces daily. As guide, a 150-pound person should have water intake of around 75 ounces daily.
So now, what happens when we drink too much water?
A report explained that the body needs certain amounts of electrolytes like sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium to keep the balance in it. Drinking too much water can disrupt the “delicate ratio” of electrolytes in the bloodstream that can lead to not so good things.
“Too much fluid will dilute the amount of sodium in the bloodstream, leading to abnormally low levels, called hyponatremia,” Healthline said.
Hyponatremia can cause feelings of nausea or bloating and can become severe with symptoms like fatigue, weakness, unsteady gait, irritability, confusion and convulsions. It was, however, clarified that when you are healthy, it’s unlikely that overhydration can lead to serious problems.
People who are most likely to experience hyponatremia are those who have problems in releasing excessive water from the body. It can also happen to athletes.
Experts say that needing to urinate so often that it already disrupt your life is a sign that you’ve overdone it. A completely colorless urine is also an indicator of overhydration.
So now we really have to monitor our water intake to know if we’ve had enough or we’ve already had too much.