Did you know that you can drink to much water? Well there is a such thing, and it can be life threating. It is called hyponatremia. This occurs when your kidneys can't get rid of the excess water, the sodium content of your blood becomes diluted. Hyponatremia occurs when the concentration of sodium in your blood is abnormally low.
So how much water is to much water? An average health adult human needs about 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men and approximately 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women. Every cell, tissue and organ in your body needs water to work properly. For example, water:
You might need to modify your total fluid intake based on several factors:
Drinking water is not the only way to keep you body hydrated. Maintaining a healthy diet plays a major role in balancing food and hydration. Many fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon and spinach, are almost 100% water by weight. In addition, beverages such as milk, juice and herbal teas are composed mostly of water. Even caffeinated drinks — such as coffee and soda — can contribute to your daily water intake. But go easy on sugar-sweetened drinks. Regular soda, energy or sports drinks, and other sweet drinks usually contain a lot of added sugar, which may provide more calories than needed.
Hyponatremia signs and symptoms may include:
Seek emergency care for anyone who develops severe signs and symptoms of hyponatremia, such as nausea and vomiting, confusion, seizures, or lost consciousness. Call your doctor if you know you are at risk of hyponatremia and are experiencing nausea, headaches, cramping or weakness.
Want to learn more about hyponatremia WebMD offers some basic information but speak to your doctor if you think you or someone you know maybe experiencing symptoms.