Why drinking too much water may be bad for you
A recent studies have shown that in some rare cases, drinking too much of water can in fact be detrimental and may even lead to death.
In this article, we’ll review how drinking an outrageous amount of water can be harmful.
- Drinking an excessive amount of water can impede the body’s ability to eliminate waste.
Consuming too much water means that you’ll naturally have to urinate more but it doesn’t necessarily translate to elimination of waste at the same rate. Studies have shown that when you urinate more often than you should, you’ll be overworking your kidneys. The kidney helps to expel excess waste and water from the blood but when you drink way too much water and fast, there’s a lot more blood for the kidneys to screen and this diluted blood can cause the level of sodium to drop to a dangerously low level and can result in exhaustion, nausea and vomiting.
- Consuming too much water may affect the brain.
While research shows that water helps brain functions like memory and concentration, they also show that an excessive consumption can do just the opposite.
When the kidneys cannot get rid of excess water, the fluid may end up crossing from the blood into the body cells, making them swell. When this happens in brain cells, it becomes dangerous as the cells are tightly packed within the skull where there’s little or no space for expansion. This can lead to seizures, coma, respiratory problems and even death in some people.
- Too much water wears out the circulatory system.
Drinking too much water can elongate the blood vessels over time and cause their walls to wear out as a result. Likewise, bombarding the walls of the kidneys with excess fluid creates a lot of strain on their walls.
It is important to drink enough water every day to stay hydrated. Studies suggest that women should drink up to 2.2 liters, while men should aim towards 3 liters.