Is Drinking Too Much Water Dangerous?

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Everyone has heard the saying that the body needs eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day for maximum health. While it is good advice, it is only a recommendation. Everybody's hydration needs are different. If you live in a warmer climate or have a very physically demanding job, you will more than likely need additional water to meet your dietary requirements. Any level of physical activity will adjust the amount of water you need to stay hydrated. The more you exercise, the more fluids you will need to support the body and flush away any toxins that are produced.

The human body is over 70% water, so it is hard to comprehend that there is actually a saturation point that makes consuming too much water harmful. Binge drinking or drinking too much water too fast can cause reactions in the body that lead to distress, and in some cases, death. If you find yourself dehydrated, it is extremely hard to consume enough water to sufficiently rehydrate the tissues. If dehydration occurs, many health professionals recommend intravenous fluids over drinking water, simply for the fact that it is easier on the body to handle.

It will take some trial and error, but it is important to find out how much water you need to function efficiently. You may only need six 8-ounce glasses, while someone else may require ten. On hot days, remember to monitor your consumption and either increase or decrease as necessary. Know your body's needs and make sure you always have enough water to maintain balance in the body. You should also be aware of the signs associated with drinking too much water, too fast and what you should do if it ever occurs. Even though water toxicity is rare, it does occur and steps should be taken to avoid it.


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