How to prevent drinking water from harming your body?
70% of your body is water, so water plays a very important role. However, water is still bad for health if you do not drink it properly. Let’s check out the article below to clarify this issue.
1. How harmful is water surplus?
Swollen cells: Your body contains sodium ions, free potassium acting as an electrolyte for the balance of fluid between cells and blood. Excessive water decreases electrolyte levels, and water moves from the blood into the cells. This will cause swollen cells, which can even lead to swelling of the brain, which is very dangerous to your health.
Lower blood potassium: When there’s too much water in the body, your body will have to release water through sweat and urine, leading to the loss of potassium in the body. This situation can even cause hypokalaemia with symptoms such as hypotension, vomiting, paralysis, nausea and diarrhea.
Cramping: Consuming too much water will also decrease the body's electrolytes, resulting in fluid imbalances that affect muscle function, which in turn causes muscle cramps.
Heart failure: Increased blood flow to the heart if you drink too much water can cause excessive stress on the heart and, in some cases, epilepsy.
Kidney diseases: If you drink too much water, your kidneys will have to work more. If this condition lasts, your kidney function will decline, leading to kidney diseases such as kidney failure or kidney stones...
2. Signs of water surplus
Headaches: When you drink too much water, it can lead to swollen cells, including brain cells. This size increase will compress the skull, which itself causes frequent headaches.
Fatigue: Drinking too much water will force your kidneys to work harder and harder, which in turn causes hormone disorders, leading to stress and fatigue.
Too much urinating: The number of urinations goes up a lot as the body needs to discharge water. If you urinate more than 10 times a day, you may have way much more water than you need to.
Too clear urine: If your urine is just clear like water, you are consuming excessive amounts of water. If the urine is light yellow, it means that the amount of water you drink is just enough for the body.
3. How much water should you drink per day?
Drinking 2 liters of water every day is recommended by dietitians. However, the amount of water depends on the person's condition, daily living environment, the diet as well as the nature of daily work.
If you are physically active or work under an air conditioner all day, your body will need more water. Or, in the summer, you will need more water than winter. In contrast, if you are a person who consumes more vegetables and fruits, you can reduce water intake because vegetables and fruits also contain a certain amount of water.
Therefore, it is best to listen to your own body. Because all symptoms of lack of water or excess water will also be clearly reflected by the body. It is advisable for you to drink enough water to stay healthy.
By: Dinah Gutierrez