Signs You Are Drinking Too Much Water

August 3, 2020

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Most of us could stand to drink more water! Having enough water is absolutely vital in order for our bodies to function properly. That is, as long as you don't drink too much water. Drinking too much water can result in water intoxication, also known as hyponatremia, causing the inside of cells to flood due to abnormally low sodium levels in your bloodstream. In severe cases, water intoxication can lead to debilitating health problems such as seizures, coma, and even death. The best way to know if your body really needs more water is to be consciously aware of whether or not you actually feel thirsty. So be aware of your intake if you are not particularly thirsty. And other surefire way to know is to look at the color of your urine. Though most people believe clear urine is the healthiest sign of hydration, having urine with no pigmentation at all may be a sign that you’re drinking too much water, especially if it is colorless for a long period of time. Ironically, symptoms of overhydration look a lot like those of dehydration: nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea as your kidneys become unable to get rid of the excess liquid, and water starts to collect in the body. Headaches are another sign. When you drink too much water, your brain actually grows in size and presses against the skull. In many cases of hyponatremia, people will experience noticeable swelling or discoloration in their hands, lips, and feet. When all of the cells throughout your body swell, your skin will start to visibly swell as well. Those who drink too much water may gain weight suddenly due to swelling and excess water in the bloodstream. If you’re drinking more than 10 cups of water each day and notice swelling or discoloration in your hands, lips, and feet, consider cutting back on your water intake and see if your symptoms subside. As always, consult with your doctor about the amount of water you should be drinking a day to make sure you are living the goldilocks zone of not too much or too little, but just right!

SOURCE: The Healthy

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