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What Happens to Your Body When you Drink a Lot of Water

Water is essential for your life and wellbeing. But drinking too much of it can have life threatening conditions.

When you drink too much water, you may experience water poisoning, intoxication or a disruption of brain function. This happens when there is too much water in the cells, causing them to swell. When the cells in the brain swell, they cause pressure in the brain. You may start experiencing things like confusion, drowsiness and headaches. If this pressure increases, it could cause conditions like hypertension( high blood pressure) and bradycardia( low heart rate)

Sodium is the electrolyte most affected by overhydration, leading to condition called hyponatremia. Sodium is a crucial element that helps keep balance of fluids in and out if cells. When its levels drop due to high amount of water in the body, fluids get inside the cells. Then the cells swell, putting you at risk of having seizures, going into a comma or even dying.

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