Even though we’re constantly reminded of the benefits of staying hydrated, drinking enough water can be a tricky business.
The same is true even after you’ve become one with your water bottle, once it feels like an appendage, it can be difficult to put it down.
After a while, you may start to wonder if you’re hydrating properly or going overboard.
Drinking too much water can result in a condition called hyponatremia, which is a dangerous drop in blood sodium levels.
Though it’s relatively uncommon to attain water intoxication, it can happen if you outdrink what your body can excrete.
Below are some scary things that can happen when you get dehydrated.
1. Your urine is clear.
You might know that dark-colored urine can be a sign of dehydration, but that doesn't mean you should aim to produce urine that's clear.
Pale-yellow urine that looks like lemonade indicates a healthy level of hydration.
Colorless urine, on the other hand, might mean you are overhydrated and need to reduce your water intake.
2. You get up multiple times during the night to urinate.
If you find yourself urinating more frequently and needing to wake up at night to use the bathroom, you may be drinking too much water.
Other conditions such as urinary tract infections, diabetes, prostate problems, and pelvic-floor weakness can also cause frequent urination, so talk to your doctor if you notice yourself peeing much more than usual.
3. Your feet, hands, or lips are swollen.
One sign you're experiencing an electrolyte imbalance is swelling in the hands, feet, or lips.
Drinking too much water can lead to low levels of sodium in the blood. This can cause the body's cells to swell and retain fluid.
In some cases, the cells in the tissues of the face or extremities feel or look puffy if you've been drinking too much water.
4. You have a lingering headache and experience nausea.
Drinking too much water can cause the sodium levels in your blood to drop, which can lead to headaches and nausea
5.Your muscles feel shaky or weak.
Drinking too much water can cause muscles weakness spasms, or cramps.These symptoms may arise when the sodium in your blood becomes diluted.
If you notice shakiness or pain in your arms and legs that don't seem related to physical exertion, it could be a sign you are overly hydrated and lacking vital electrolytes.
If your muscle pain or weakness continues even after you've reduced your water intake, it's worth checking in with a doctor.
6.You're constantly feeling fatigued and tired.
If you're getting enough sleep but still feel tired, one possible cause may be overhydration.
Drinking too much water can result in a loss of energy drowsiness or a constant feeling of fatigue because of the creation of an electrolyte imbalance within the body.
7. Your stools can become hard and look like small pellets.
Stools that are hard and shaped like small pellets could signal dehydration.
When your body doesn't have enough fluids to flush waste out, it ends up sitting in your colon for longer than it should.
The colon extracts water from the stool, making it harder and more likely to come out in small pieces.
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