Drinking too much water cause serious electrolyte Imbalance in the body which can lead to confusion, nausea, vomiting, seizures- and at times, coma and eventually death.
Thankfully it is rare.
But it is actually medically possible.
However drinking too much water can have a negative counterproductive effect on the brain and the body.
Excess water disrupts the normal body chemicals...
Sodium levels drop when you drink excess water. Normal levels should be at least 135.
With excess water intake, it can drop as low as 125, which can cause brain cells to start swelling up- causing brain damage.
Ideally you only need 3litres of water per day- maybe about 4-5litres per day if you live in very hot places or you do very stressful work which makes you sweat a lot. 3litres is about 4bottles of the 75cl bottled water they sell in traffic.
For them, the daily water requirement may be less to avoid overload.
Water intoxication happens when you take more water than your kidneys can push out of your system.
Ideally the kidneys help us excrete excess water from our body in the form of urine. This is how the body avoids water intoxication.
“Too much water” is taking more water than your kidney can push out.
The kidney can not deal with anything more than 1litre per hour. Or max per day 28 litres of water.
If you think about it well, this is extremely massive amount of water.
In a country like Nigeria I read that we probably have only about 100,000 cases per year out of almost 200million people.
So it’s actually a very rare medical condition. And that is reassuring.
These people are prone to water intoxication.
Again, as stated earlier, for normal adults- about 3litres to 4litres of water per day is all that you need.
Not more. Surely not less.
All of this are possible symptoms of water intoxication.
So it’s actually quite serious.
The most important thing is pls speak with a doctor/go to a hospital if you or someone around you gets water intoxicated.
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