How much water is too much water

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There is no doubt that water is critical for the survival of the human body. In order for our body and vital organs to function properly, there is a need to stay hydrated all the time. Proper hydration levels are necessary to keep up with daily tasks, pressures and lifestyle.

Most Experts recommend at least nine to twelve cups (fluids) per day. However, it is known that this may actually vary depending on some factors.

Drinking too much water, however, could be potentially life-threatening in extreme cases. Too much water increases the amount of water in your blood. This can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, causing sodium levels to drop below 135 mmol/L. A situation called hyponatremia. Furthermore, if not controlled on time, hyponatremia could become life-threatening

Among the early signs of drinking too much water includes

Constant Headaches

When you begin to experience lingering headaches all the time, check if you are consuming too much water. Sodium imbalance can cause body tissues to swell. The brain cells receive this signal and result in headaches. Also, overhydration can lead to brain damage and seizures

Feeling Nauseous

One might feel nauseous for various reasons. So though this is not a definite way to determine if your body is overhydrated, Feeling nauseous might just be a way of the body telling you, you’ve had too much water.

There is no doubt that water is critical for the survival of the human body. In order for our body and vital organs to function properly, there is a need to stay hydrated all the time. Proper hydration levels are necessary to keep up with daily tasks, pressures and lifestyle. Most Experts recommend at least nine to twelve cups (fluids) per day. However it is known that this may actually vary depending on some factors. Drinking too much of water however, could be potentially life threatening in extreme cases. Too much water increases the amount of water in your blood. This can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, causing sodium levels to drop below 135 mmol/L. A situation called hyponatremia. Furthermore, if not controlled on time, hyponatremia could become life-threatening Among the early signs of drinking too much water includes Constant Headaches When you begin to experience lingering headaches all the time, check if you are consuming too much water. Sodium imbalance can cause body tissues to swell. The brain cells receive this signal and results in headaches. Also, overhydration can lead to brain damage, and seizures Feeling Nauseous One might feel nauseous for various reasons. So though this is not a definite way to determine if your body is overhydrated, Feeling nauseous might just be a way of the body telling you, you’ve had too much water. How much is too much? Over-hydration and water intoxication occurs when you drink more water than your kidneys can handle or remove through urine. The kidneys are vital organs in the human body. They are capable of excreting not more than 1 liter per hour.Therefore, drinking more than this is not a good idea. Therefore if you consume too much water, there may not be enough of these electrolytes in your blood to keep your body working properly. Signs you have had too much to drink Completely clear urine. Healthy urine which shows you are well hydrated is usually pale yellow in color. Dark colored urine shows signs of dehydration. However, totally colorless urine indicates signs of overhydration. If you see this, you may need to reduce your intake of water. You get up often during the night to urinate. If you find yourself waking up at night to urinate too many times is an indication, you had too much to drink. However, there are other medical conditions that can cause frequent urination. Such as diabetes, urinary tract infection, prostate and pelvic problems. Constant fatigue and tiredness. When one is constantly fatigued, it could mean that you might be having enough sleep, but yet you are still tired all the time. Having too much to drink can cause imbalance of electrolyte. This can make you fell drowsy and have loss of energy. So you might want to cut back a little on your intake. Shaky and weak muscles When sodium levels in the blood become diluted, pains are usually felt in the arms and legs. This could be a sign of overhydration. If you are experiencing this, you may need to check with your doctor to rule out any other underlining diseases. Swollen hands and feet One sign that the body has retained too much water is swollen hands, feet and lips. This is why it also is a symptom for those with kidney disease. Overhydration can produce even more serious symptoms, such as: • Difficulty breathing. • Increased blood pressure. • Confusion. • Double vision. So, how much water does your body really need? Although there are many suggestions as to the right amount of water to consume per day, but the fact is that there is no specific amount. It differs for each individual. Various factors are considered. For example, climate, your level of activity, and your body weight. Certainly those living in a hotter climate need more water. Also an athlete needs more water. Thirst is the body’s way of telling you that it is becoming dehydrated. While using the 7-12 litres per day as a benchmark, it is important to listen to your body and have a drink if you actually feel thirsty.

How much is too much?

Over-hydration and water intoxication occurs when you drink more water than your kidneys can handle or remove through urine.

The kidneys are vital organs in the human body. They are capable of excreting not more than 1 litre per hour. Therefore, drinking more than this is not a good idea.

Therefore if you consume too much water, there may not be enough of these electrolytes in your blood to keep your body working properly.

 

Signs you have had too much to drink

 

Completely clear urine.

Healthy urine which shows you are well hydrated is usually pale yellow in colour. Dark coloured urine shows signs of dehydration. However, totally colourless urine indicates signs of overhydration. If you see this, you may need to reduce your intake of water.

You get up often during the night to urinate.

If you find yourself waking up at night to urinate too many times is an indication, you had too much to drink. However, there are other medical conditions that can cause frequent urination. Such as diabetes, urinary tract infection, prostate and pelvic problems.

Constant fatigue and tiredness.

When one is constantly fatigued, it could mean that you might be having enough sleep, but yet you are still tired all the time. Having too much to drink can cause an imbalance of electrolyte. This can make you feel drowsy and have a loss of energy. So you might want to cut back a little on your intake.

Shaky and weak muscles

When sodium levels in the blood become diluted, pains are usually felt in the arms and legs. This could be a sign of overhydration. If you are experiencing this, you may need to check with your doctor to rule out any other underlining diseases.

Swollen hands and feet

One sign that the body has retained too much water is swollen hands, feet and lips. This is why it also is a symptom for those with kidney disease.

Overhydration  can produce even more serious symptoms, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Increased blood pressure.
  • Confution
  • Double vision.

 

So, how much water does your body really need?

Although there are many suggestions as to the right amount of water to consume per day, the fact is that there is no specific amount. It differs for each individual. Various factors are considered. For example, climate, your level of activity, and your body weight. Certainly, those living in a hotter climate need more water. Also, an athlete needs more water.

Thirst is the body’s way of telling you that it is becoming dehydrated.

While using the 7-12 litres per day as a benchmark, it is important to listen to your body and have a drink if you actually feel thirsty.

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