How much water will make you sick?

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It is no news that drinking water is very important. There has been much written about how to determine how much you should drink every day and then find creative ways to achieve this goal. What might come as a shock, however, is that you can actually drink too a lot water — and it could be very dangerous to your health. Here’s what you need to know about water poisoning.

What is water poisoning?

Water poisoning or water intoxication occurs when you drink so much water that there is too much in your cells, according to Dr. Dan Brennan, who wrote on the subject for WebMD. These cells swell and those in your brain can cause pressure in your brain, so you may become confused, drowsy, or have a headache. If this continues, you could end up with high blood pressure or low heart rate.

Sodium is particularly affected by overhydration, which can lead to a condition called hyponatremia. When the sodium concentration in your blood is abnormally low, you may feel nauseous, vomit, have a headache, be confused, have less energy, become irritable or agitated, experience muscle weakness or spasms, or even have seizures or go into a coma. In severe cases, you can die.

How will you know if you are drinking too much water?

By WebMD, watch the color of your pee. It shouldn’t be clear too often, even if it’s subjective. Also keep in mind that Contrary to popular beliefwhat your urine looks like reflects what your body is trying to get rid of, not what is actually in your body right now.

You should urinate about six to eight times a day, on average, but if you’re a heavy water or coffee drinker, you can expect up to 10 times. Just keep track and make sure you don’t go over that too often.

The symptoms listed above, such as nausea or lack of energy, may resemble symptoms of dehydration, but don’t let your body fool you into drinking. After the water. Look for discoloration in your hands, feet, and lips. When you are overhydrated, they can swell or become discolored.

So how much water is too much water?

In one case which was the subject of research published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology, a 64-year-old woman allegedly consumed 30 to 40 glasses of water the night before her death. That’s a hefty amount that you’re probably not close to matching, but how much you really need is pretty subjective. It’s based on your body composition, the climate you live in, your gender, and the amount of physical activity you do. In 2019, a doctor told Lifehacker that women should aim for just over two liters (or nine cups) of total fluids each day while men should aim for three liters (or 13 cups). If you exercise, are in a hot or dry climate, or consume a lot of diuretics (such as caffeinated beverages), or take medications that require increased water intake , you will need more.

The good news is that your body will tell you when you’re thirsty, and you should just listen to it. WebMD recommends being “aware of when your body needs” water. Although it probably won’t hurt you to try to meet some arbitrary water consumption target instead, try to drink mindfully each day and only sip when you feel thirsty.

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