DANGER – DRINKING TOOOO MUCH WATER
Yes, that’s right, overindulging we know is a bad thing —– but drinking too much water? They call it water intoxification! Or perhaps you already know the other term for it, “Hyponatremia”. When someone drinks excessive amounts of plain old water it may cause a low concentration of sodium in the blood. Athletes and others who perspire profusely (AKA the “S” word, SWEAT) also lose sodium. The combination can result in an imbalance in the blood-sodium concentration levels and that can be serious. At worst, hyponatremia can cause seizures, coma and even death. Not good.
So what to do? The experts have suggestions but they come with warnings, in some cases.
—Drink sports drinks that contain sodium;
—During heavy exertion, drink about a cupful every 20 minutes;
—Increase your salt intake when you expect to be working hard in the heat and sweating (except if you have high blood pressure);
—Add salt to your food unless your doctor says not to do so;
—Avoid use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDS) medicines, sometimes they cause issues;
—And consult a physician if you have a history of health problems.
Drinking straight sports drinks is typically not a good thing either. When profusely sweating during work or exercise in very hot conditions, the combination of drinks is probably your best solution. two bottles of water to every one bottle of sports drinks is a good balance for your body. You get enough water to stay hydrated and still get some sodium and electrolytes to support the body.
Well, in this litigious society, one can expect such ambiguities but remember, water intoxification is real so try to take it easy when it is hot.