Whether sick or healthy, we’re often told that we should drink a lot of water in order to stay hydrated and to maintain a goo...
Whether sick or healthy, we’re often told that we should drink a lot of water in order to stay hydrated and to maintain a good overall health. We hardly get to hear about its harmful effects.
But, excess of anything (even water) is harmful!
Hyponatremia or water intoxication is a disorder caused by drinking too much water. It was the reason that almost took the life of a 59-year-old woman in the UK. She had an infection in her urinary tract and was asked to drink a lot of water. It leads to abnormally low sodium levels in the blood.
However, the doctors managed to save her life by controlling her fluids intake for 24 hours.
After this case, doctors have begun sharing their knowledge on how water should be consumed and how it can prove to be dangerous.
This problem can arise when one drinks too much water too quickly. The symptoms primarily include nausea, vomiting, and headache. Those who take MDMA (a stimulating drug) or are into endurance sports have a higher risk.
In the advanced stage, the person’s brain can swell, and attack, coma, or even death may happen.
The doctors said that it’s important to stay hydrated and concluded by saying,
"There is a paucity of evidence behind the advice to 'drink plenty of fluids' in the management of mild infective illness."
Without a doubt, water is essential for our survival. We must ensure that our water intake is sufficiently enough to keep us fit and healthy.
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