In reality, there is such a thing as drinking too much water and it is known as water intoxication.
Water intoxication can be quite deadly.
In order to avoid water intoxication, healthcare professionals advice we take 8 – 10 glasses of clean water a day. Our body needs it and nature supports it. This is, in fact, the number one health rule most health professionals adhere to and both our health consultants on this blog advice it at every opportunity.
The Difference Between Water Intoxication and Just Drinking Water
According to our favorite healthcare consultant, US-based Dr. Danielle McMahon, we are to drink as much water as our body needs, and since individual body mass differs from one person to the other, so also will our need for water and the amount of water we can consume. This she said during a very interesting argument between herself and two other colleagues, US-trained medical doctors all.
Interestingly, Dr. Laura Zeaman, another consultant of ours, begged to differ, insisting that could be a terrible advice. To back up her claims, she promptly dug up a case report in the British Medical Journal just recently. Water intoxication is what she says she is worried about.
You can imagine my surprise to read about how a woman drank her eyesight right out of existence, and on just water! This was the first I was hearing of Water intoxication
According to these very intelligent and beautiful healthcare professionals, while drinking water can help your system get rid of infections and illness, there is such a thing as drinking too much water and this leads to complications, some of which could be downright deadly.
Drinking Too Much Water | Water Intoxication
As they say, too much of everything is bad. Indeed, drinking too much of anything, even water, harmless as it seems, is bad. This is the situation known as water water intoxication.
Following the recent admission of a British woman to the hospital with acute water intoxication, healthcare professionals in the know have warned of the dangers of advising people to “drink plenty of fluids”.
The 59-year-old woman apparently developing some symptoms of a urinary tract infection, and promptly increased her intake of fluids, particularly water. She drank more than half a pint every 30 minutes or so, hoping that it would induce her body to “flush out her system.”
However, Susan (not real name) quickly fell gravely ill and was admitted to The King’s College hospital with dangerously low levels of salt in her blood, a potentially deadly condition if left untreated.
In the British Medical Journal case report, two other female doctors, Dr. Laura Christine Lee and Dr. Maryann Noronha put their question this way: “We frequently advise our patients to ‘drink plenty of fluids’ and ‘keep well hydrated’ when they are unwell. But, what do we mean by that? Are there potential risks of this apparently harmless advice?”
The case report describes in details, how their patient’s condition continued to worsen even after she was admitted to hospital.
“During her visit to the emergency department, she became progressively shaky and muddled. She vomited several times, was tremulous and exhibited significant speech difficulties,” they wrote.
“Throughout the day she had consumed several liters of water based on medical advice she recalled from previous similar episodes.”
Water intoxication is actually a well-documented symptom of endurance sports and can be deadly with other symptoms such as vomiting, nausea, headaches and, in very serious cases, confusion, disorientation, seizures, coma, and lastly death.
The chances of water intoxication are very low if you drink water according to what your body tells you, rather than what you think you need.
Take the words of Dr. Danielle McMahon, as stated much earlier, for example…. ’individual body mass and size differ and so the amount of water our body needs differ.
Do not go drinking 8 – 10 glasses of water daily because you see such advice given online by experts. That would definitely be drinking too much if you had a below average body size or a body that does not use up water that quickly. Water intoxication should be a worry in this case.