What Can Happen When You Drink Too Much Water: Hyponatremia

Every thing you hear and read states that you should have eight glasses of water a day but that is not always true because too much water can lead to the risk of Hyponatremia, which means that your body is taking in more fluid that it loses when you sweat.

This is a very serious medical condition that happens when there is not enough salt in the body fluids that are outside of the cells. When this happens you can experience the following Hyponatremia symptoms:

  • Swelling, including the brain
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Spasms of muscles
  • Convulsions
  • Vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • In the worse cases it can cause a coma, seizures, and even death.

This condition usually happens when a persons starts to sweat excessively but does not urinate, does not eat but drinks a lot of water. The people that are watched the most for this condition are athletes, especially those that are training for a triathlon, marathon or any type of endurance training.

In addition to drinking water, it is advisable to also include some type of electrolyte replacement fluids but you will only need a minimal amount to help keep your body in balance plus give you an energy boost. If you are doing any type of endurance training for thirty minutes to an hour you are only going to need the electrolyte replacement fluids of three to six ounces every fifteen to twenty minutes. Choose electrolyte replacement fluids such as sports drinks that do not have added sugar.