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The flip side of dehydration is overhydration, or simply drinking too much water too quickly. People often ask me… is it possible to drink TOO much water?! Although water is one of the best things you can put into your body, the answer is, if an extreme amount is drank… then YES, there is such a thing as too much water. Keep reading to find out why.

When sodium is lost in sweat and water is ingested as a replacement, the sodium remaining in the blood can be diluted. Hyponatremia or low blood sodium, generally happens after drinking too much plain water (over a quart and a half per hour) over several hours. Slightly low levels of sodium are fairly common in marathon runners, and usually go unnoticed. However, the sodium level may become profoundly low in overhydration and cause problems throughout the body. Since fluid balance is intimately tied to sodium, hyponatremia can lead to damage of certain kinds of tissues in the body. Changes are most noticeable in the nervous system, where seizures, coma, and even death can result.

For those of you interested in learning more about this, here are a few articles that you may find useful.

Artcicle 1- click here.

Article 2- click here.

Written by Monika Akabusi