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Drinking too much water? Stop. It can kill!

May 20, 2005

Here is news for fitness enthusiasts.

After long, intensive workouts, drinking too much water and neglecting important nutrients can lead toward a dangerous chemical imbalance, even death.

A new study found by Roger A Clemens and Peter Pressman and their team found that too much water and too little sodium is a serious health risk.

"Health professionals are observing that physically active people must be made aware that drinking water in extremes can cause sodium levels in the blood to fall below normal, a condition called hyponatremia," said Clemens.

Symptoms of severe hyponatremia typically include: lethargy, confusion, agitation, even seizures.

Unfortunately, these symptoms may be mistaken for signs of dehydration when more water is the very last thing the body needs.

"It's important to note that hyponatremia is a clinically important concern even among healthy people. The risk is significant among healthy endurance athletes, and even weekend athletes who perform low intensity exercise in warm weather," said Pressman.

"Maintain a proper balance of water and electrolytes, especially sodium, in the body's tissues. It cannot be understated to those involved in prolonged physical activity," he added.


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Usually it is assumed that drinking more water is good for health, which is not true always. The body demands water by way of thirst ...

Posted by Dr. Jalukar

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I think its a water is teh only way to clear off all the impurities from the body. no one can drink too much ...

Posted by shweta

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hi i read the article ,it gave me new set of information regarding consumption of water by considering our sodium need.thanks for that

Posted by jayesh

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I think one should be very clear while taking too much water so as it should not imbalance once sodium level,a good idea by the ...

Posted by Jayesh R. Jethava

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This is like a dynamite to me. earlier i used to intake water in small amounts but later on it was said that usually most ...

Posted by MAHENDRA


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