Drinking too much water brings a whole host other horrors, some of which can even be lethal. Having too much water dilutes your blood, which decreases the concentration of sodium and electrolytes in our bodies. Since sodium is what regulates the water in and around our cells, our cells begin swelling up. According to Dr Tamara Hew-Butler, Science Professor at Oakland University, if our brain cells swell up to more than 10 per cent, it can reach our skull and possibly push the brain stem out. Horrific. But how much is too much? As it depends on each individual, always consult your doctor before drastically lowering or increasing your water intake.
Sign #1: You fill up your water bottle several times a day
A typical water bottle holds around 500 ml. If you fill that bottle up more than 6 times a day, chances are that you are over-hydrated.
Sign #2: Your urine is very clear
If your urine almost transparent, it’s a sign for you to stop guzzling all that water.
Sign #3: You wake up at night to pee
Does waking up in the middle of the night to pee sound familiar to you? This means you have had too much water the previous day. Frequent peeing also prevents you from having a restful sleep.
Sign #4: You often feel nauseous
Drinking too much water than your body requires often results in your kidney struggling to get rid of the excess water. The extra water starts getting collected in your body and results in unpleasant symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea or in some cases – vomiting.
Sign #5: You always have headaches
If you’re a victim of having daily headaches, it might be because of your high water intake. The low sodium count of your blood results in swelled up cells which might cause your brain to expand in size. This expansion pushes your brain against your skull which causes that painful throbbing sensation.
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Sign #6: You always have muscle cramps
Electrolytes are an important element in our bodies that allows our muscles to contract during workouts. But if you drink too much water, the electrolyte levels in your blood drop which causes frequent muscles cramps or spasms.
Sign #7: You feel lethargic
Drinking too much water means that your kidneys have to work extra hard. The energy taken up by your kidneys leaves the rest of your body feeling very tired.
By Divyata Raut for SHAPE