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The Dangers of Drinking Too Much Water

Updated on February 24, 2015

Recent studies have indicated drinking too much water is not beneficial as past studies seem to have indicated. Not only will it pose as a health risk, it can also lead to death.

Generally, water is very important the reason is termed as life-giving. The fact that a human being can stay for 4-5 without is enough to show how imperative it is for our survival.

Water plays different roles in the body such as removal of wastes through urine and feces, regulation of temperature and aids in distributing nutrients such as vitamins and minerals to cells. As indicated by Nestle Waters, it is an efficient lubricant around joints. “It also acts as shock absorber for eyes, brain, spinal cord and even for the fetus through amniotic fluid.”

In itself water is an important element in our bodies. The problem isn’t drinking water in itself but the amount of water drunk especially when one drinks a large amount of water at one-go. The famous saying ‘Too much of anything is harmful’ does apply in this case.

Although this is a rare condition, hyponatraemia is a condition causes when the level of sodium (salt) in the blood is low or has dropped. When a person drinks a lot of water it leads to low levels of salt. Sodium is helpful for it balances “the fluids in and around your cells. Drinking too much water can cause an imbalance, making them swell. Swelling inside the brain is serious and requires immediate treatment.” This is why drinking too much water can lead to death.

Thirsty Woman Drinking Water from a Bottle, Hot Summer and Blue Sky
Thirsty Woman Drinking Water from a Bottle, Hot Summer and Blue Sky | Source

Symptoms that accompany over hydration include nausea, vomiting, headache, diarrhea and a person may appear confused or disoriented. If the symptoms go untreated, it may lead to hyponatraemia. This indicates the symptoms may become more severe resulting to muscle cramps or spasms, seizures and may lead to comma or unconsciousness.

Scientists discourage drinking too much water at one-go. It should be balanced. Small intake of water spread during the day is recommended. Drinking too much water may also lead one to lack enough sleep at night because of the need to visit the toilet often.

Rubbermaid Filter Fresh Water Bottle
Rubbermaid Filter Fresh Water Bottle | Source

Drinking too much water causes an unnecessary strain to the kidney of ridding water in form of urine. This results to collection of water in the body. There are instances when the body retains water not necessary because of too much intake of water but as a result of medical conditions such as kidney problem. Medications can also affect as they can make a person to be thirst with the drying of mouth.

Some studies have shown much intake of water can lead to kidney damage than preventing it as past studies had indicated it does prevent kidney problem. Thus, it is recommended a person drinks about 1.2 liters of water a day.

In conclusion, water is very important one should make full use of it as it also prevents constipation, can lead to weight loss, and improves concentration when taken in good amounts. Nonetheless, when one drinks too much it may negate these healthy benefits.


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      Kiss andTales 2 years ago

      Thank you for your hub about drinking to much water, as agreed to much of anything is never good for anyone. Being balanced in all things is good for mind and body. Great hub! Voted up