If you are drinking too much water during the day, you may become intoxicated. Keep an eye out for these concerning symptoms.
Drinking enough water can help fix a whole host of health issues. It improves digestion, aids weight loss, and promotes healthy blood pressure levels. When the weather heats up, we often find ourselves thirstier than usual. However, drinking too much water can actually make us feel sick, so watch your intake!
Many people drink water when they’re not thirsty, and many others consume excessive amounts of fluids after exercise. Athletes also suffer from over hydration, which can cause serious health problems. One of the best ways to determine if you are consuming enough water is to examine the color of your urine. If it is colorless, it means you’re drinking far more water than your body needs.
Water intoxication is a condition caused by drinking too much water. It occurs when the sodium and potassium levels in the blood rise because the kidneys cannot excrete enough fluid,” says Smitha Shetty, Lifestyle Nutritionist.
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To prevent water intoxication, drink plenty of fluids only if you’re thirsty; avoid drinking large amounts of water throughout the day. Also, keep an eye on how much liquid you consume during exercise, especially if you’re exercising outdoors in hot weather.
When your kidneys are unable to clear all the water, you may have nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. You may also get headaches and breathing difficulties. When you are overhydrated, you may notice swelling in your feet, hands, or lips.
Too much water can disrupt the equilibrium of sodium and water in the blood, so drinking enough water is just as important as eating the appropriate foods and getting enough sleep,” adds Shetty.
If you’re not sure how much water you should drink, 8 glasses is a good starting point.