Drinking too much water is also dangerous, here are the symptoms

Drinking too much water is also dangerous, here are the symptoms

It has often been said by experts that water intake for adults is around 2 liters or eight 230ml glasses per day. Consuming too much water can lead to overhydration, which is a condition where there is too much water in cells (including brain cells) that causes swelling. As a result, you may experience impaired brain functions.

When brain cells swell, they put pressure on the brain, so that it starts to feel things like confusion, drowsiness, and headaches. If this pressure increases, it can lead to conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure) and bradycardia (low heart rate).

Some signs can be recognized when the body experiences excess water, as reported on webmd.com.

1. Color of urine
It usually ranges from pale yellow to tea color due to the combination of the urochromic pigment and the water level in the body. If you are urinating frequently, it is a sign that you have been drinking too much water in a short period of time.

2. Frequently in the bathroom
Another sign is if you poop more than usual. Additionally, the average person needs to urinate six to eight times a day.

3. Nausea or vomiting
When the body has too much water in the body, the kidneys will have a hard time removing the excess fluid so that it starts to build up in the body causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

4. Headache
The excess water in the body causes the body’s salt levels to drop and the cells to swell. This swelling causes the brain cells to press against the skull. This pressure causes a throbbing headache and can cause brain damage and difficulty breathing.

5. Muscle cramps
When electrolyte levels drop due to excessive water consumption, the body’s balance decreases. Low levels of electrolytes in the body can cause muscle spasms and cramps.

6. Fatigue
Drinking too much water forces the kidneys to work too hard to get rid of the excess. It creates a hormonal reaction that makes you feel stressed and tired.

In addition, clinical nutrition specialists, Drs Arti Indira, MGz, SpGK, FINEM., Revealed the right times to consume water.

“One to two glasses after waking up in the morning, then one drink before eating and one drink after eating. One to two glasses before, during and after exercise. Consume water during work up to one drink before going to bed, “explained Doctor Arti Indira on his Instagram account @dr_artiindira on Saturday (10/30)

He added that it is better to consume water while working compared to other drinks such as carbonated drinks, coffee or other drinks. Moreover, this doctor who graduated with distinction from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Indonesia said that the water consumption for each person is different. In adults, it is recommended to consume about eight glasses of 230 ml per day for a total of two liters. (M-1)


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