Drinking Too Much Water Can Trigger A Stroke
Drinking enough water, to replace used up body fluids, is essential to good health.
I like a good argument, but these days it’d be pretty difficult to find someone who’d argue against that…
Yet, like most good things, we can over do it.
If we drink too much water, especially in a short span of time, cells over-saturated with water, could cause brain injuries, strokes and even death!
How Much Water Should We Drink:
Our bodies are 60% water. Our brains, 75%. That’s a lot of H2O.
For optimum health we need to balance our intake with our output.
Our environment, and our food, contain harmful elements scientists label toxins. Body fluids, ideally water derived, helps flush out some of the toxins.
Theoretically, the more water we drink, the ‘cleaner’ we are.
Because we continuously lose body fluid, from the simple act of being alive, we need to nibble on water throughout the day.
Whether we’re aware of it or not, skin, our body’s largest organ, continuously pushes out differing levels of fluids.
Each breath we take depletes our fluid balance. (Thank you Sting & Police).
We also lose lots of fluids through urination and defecation.
If we don’t replace used up fluids, we’ll dry up and just blow away.
Yeah, OK, Not. But, we could pick up a good dose of dehydration.
And, dehydration isn’t a trip to Disney World.
(In fairness though, I’ve been to Disney World. And, a case of dehydration, that doesn’t require hospitalization, couldn’t be much worse than the boredom of my Disney experiences.)
But I digress…
Most dehydration episodes are mild.
Symptoms might include, headache, dizziness, lightheadedness, tireness and a dry mouth. These warning signs are usually solved by rebalancing our fluid levels with gradual intake of liquids.
Severe dehydration, on the other hand, is a definite medical emergency that could be fatal.
Severe Dehydration Symptoms:
- Mentally confused, muddy reasoning, infants & kids may be unusually fussy, irritable and sleepy
- Unreasonably strong thirst
- Low blood pressure
- Racing heart (rapid heartbeat)
- Fast, swallow breathing
- High fever
- Very dry mouth and dried up mucous membranes
- Dark urine
- Little, or no urination
- In emergency cases, unconsciousness
This from the Mayo Clinic:
“Unfortunately, thirst isn’t always a reliable gauge of the body’s need for water, especially in children and older adults.
A better indicator is the color of your urine: Clear or light-colored urine means you’re well hydrated, whereas a dark yellow or amber color usually signals dehydration….”
Anyone can become dehydrated. But, all people with chronic illnesses, young children and senior citizens, are most at risk.
How Much Water Is Enough?
Although not scientifically based, eight, 8 ounce glasses of water daily, was the accepted water dosage for years.
Over time, that changed to recommendations that we drink one-half of our body weight in ounces of water per day.
This latter recommendation was confirmed for me by several traditional doctors, and some people trained, and practicing, in the mysterious (woo-woo) holistic health fields.
The strategy, as was initially presented to me, ignored fluids ingested by way of foods eaten and liquids that weren’t plain water. i.e. coffee, tea, etc, didn’t count in our daily quota.
Uh, ‘Not So’…
According to recent studies, 30 to 50 ounces daily is closer to what we actually need.
Plus, we should count the juices we get from our food and the amount of liquid in our drinks that just happen to be of substances other than water.
Side Bar: Pregnant or breastfeeding women, and people doing heavy workouts, may need more than six glasses. (Most likely)
A study released in a recent issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, warned about how drinking beyond the dictates of our thirst can be hazardous.
The study, published in a sports themed publication, quite naturally used athletes as their points of references:
“Athletes are at the greatest risk of drinking to the point of exercise-associated hyponatremia, which occurs when the kidneys become flooded by large quantities of water, unable to process the liquid efficiently.
The sodium levels in the human body aren’t able to balance the amount of water, eventually leading to swelling cells and — in severe cases — death….”
This condition is called hyponatremia, or water intoxication.
Overdoses by water don’t get much attention because they’re extremely rare.
Yet, it’s a real threat that can cause brain swelling, unconsciousness, seizures, strokes and even death.
You can read more about it (if you’re interested), when you click on the following blue link: Drinking Too Much Water Can Trigger A Stroke
SO…Are We Drinking Too Much Water?
Ah, that’s the real question, isn’t it?
And, I couldn’t find a verifiable answer while researching this.
If, like much research hints, we shouldn’t drink unless we’re thirsty, I think you people (like my Wife, Treasa) who don’t go anywhere without a bottle of water in your hand, are in danger of drinking more water than your body actually needs.
What’s the harm?
For one thing, being an ‘aquaholic’ can cause sleep problems.
I suspect this may be effecting my sleep. To test this theory, I’m gonna follow a doctor’s advice and stop drinking liquids 2 – 3 hours before bed.
If interested in learning more about the downside of drinking too much water, click on the following blue link: Problems Of Aquaholics
How Do You Know If You’re Drinking The Right Amount Of Water?
According to ABC News:
” Watch the color of your urine, said Dr. Randy Wexler, a physician and assistant professor at Ohio State University.
The more clear the urine, the better the hydration. The darker..the more dehydrated…”
(May have mentioned this earlier?)
After days of research, I figure we may not need a ‘formula’ for balancing the fluid levels of our body.
If we’re thirsty, drink.
If we’re overweight, eat less processed foods and get more exercise.
If we want to be loved, get a dog…
Sorry, for a minute there, I got carried away.
WARNING: Don’t take anything I say herein as advice.
I don’t know anything for certain.
The words on this website are based upon interpretations of my research, observations from living this long and are ultimately colored by personal experiences that I coax outta a jumbled bag of memories.
BTW: If you have the inclination, contact me with your questions, complaints or tips of your hat.
P.S. For an article I published on my blog, that takes a look at information about choosing the source of drinking water, click the following blue link: Bottled Water Vs. Tap Water