Staying hydrated is good. In fact is it necessary in helping your body stay healthy! But, did you know that there is such a thing as "overhydrating"? Well, there is, and there are some side effects everyone should know before it is too late.
It is essential to understand that overhydrating is not common, but it does happen, especially when a person drinks an excessive amount of water in a short period of time. When too much water enters the body, it can cause sodium levels in your bloodstream to drop, sometimes dangerously low. Your body needs a specific amount of sodium to regulate blood pressure. When a body’s sodium level is off, a person’s blood pressure will suffer.
Feeling nauseous and vomiting after drinking water is a sign that you have had too much and you could be overhydrated. It is the body's way of telling you to stop, a sign that the body doesn't want any more water. If you feel this way, then stop drinking water immediately.
Suffering from a massive headache and feeling lethargic often get confused as symptoms of being dehydrated. But these two conditions can actually be side effects of being overhydrated. Should you experience either of these issues after drinking a significant amount of water then you need to not consume any more water for a few hours.
Anyone who has symptoms of overhydrating for an extensive period of time should seek medical treatment immediately. While it is rare that a person can die from drinking too much water, it is possible and has happened. There have been a few cases of fraternity hazing where excessive water intake has resulted in death, so don't take overhydrating lightly.
I'm a triathlete. I do Ironman 70.3's . And I can tell you that too much hydration can kill you. I've seen fellow competitors taken away in ambulances for over-hydration. If you think that is fake, you are an idiot.— ⭕ Sidd Longblade ⭕ (@SiddLongblade) September 5, 2018
Now we don't want to scare you away from drinking water because as mentioned above, it is vital to keep your body healthy. Although there is a difference in opinion regarding how much water a person should drink, it is conventional thinking that eight 8 glasses of water should be consumed daily, and most people adhere to this rule. Some theories believe water consumption is based on weight as well as on a person's daily activity. Of course, speak with your doctor to determine how much water you should be drinking on a daily basis.