We have been taught that it is important to get a lot of fluids (especially water) into our bodies. This allows us to cool down, refresh our bodies, and prevent dehydration. However, we may overdo it and drink too much fluid, which will make us overhydrated. The opposite of dehydration can have the same severe symptoms and consequences if we do not pay enough attention to it.
What is important to know about overhydration!
How do you know you drink too much water?
Fluid is good for our body, we will be much more alert and physically stronger. But, as they say, it has cost a lot, we need to know where the border is. Overhydration has almost the same symptoms as dehydration. It can be characterized by headaches, fatigue, or even mood swings. In rare cases, it may even have side effects such as muscle cramps or fainting. Fortunately, hyperhydration itself is very rare.
As many doctors, there are so many experts in the world about consuming the right amount of water. While most agree that 2 liters of water a day is enough for someone to avoid dehydration, excessive water intake requires not much more than that. Hyperhydration can start as early as 3 liters a day, but the structure of each body is different, so it’s important to recognize the signs to see how much capacity your own body is carrying.
What impact does it have on our body?
Consuming too much fluid puts a strain on the body in the long run and can have not only physical but also mental consequences. At first, there are headaches and fatigue, later the ability to concentrate deteriorates, our metabolism and symptoms get worse, and we can even get a stroke. In the long run, drinking too much water can also cause hyponatremia. Because our cells can process our water intake, they can store water, so overhydration is not the cause of most problems here. Our brain, on the other hand, is located in the hard bones of our skull, so it can’t expand, it can’t absorb the amount of water we need. This causes headaches, nausea, dizziness and confused consciousness.
What signals does our organization send?
Usually, when we eat food that we no longer want, our body sends signals (in which case we feel we can no longer fit in it) to change our habits. This also happens during water consumption. When the human body no longer needs additional fluid intake, it indicates to us, for example, the color of our urine.
If it’s pale yellow, it’s healthy, but if it’s colorless, it means we’ve already put enough water into our bodies. According to the most common data, the average person urinates 6-8 times a day, if this number exceeds 10, this can be taken as another sign.
In addition, nausea and headaches are also important signs of too much fluid intake. Most of the time, it is accompanied by a throbbing, ripping sensation.
These symptoms can be misleading in such hot summer weather, as headaches, dizziness, confusion, and fatigue can also be signs of heatwaves and fronts. But it is important to know what the boundaries of our body are.