Is Too Much Hydration Dangerous?

At Vida-Flo, one of our main focuses of certain is hydration and the proper replenishing of essential vitamins and minerals that the body needs.

What is the most efficient way to maintain our bodies’ necessary amount of hydration? While we most certainly do believe in using IV infusion therapy, and IV vitamin therapy to increase our overall health and wellness, we also recommend that we devote ourselves to being fully informed about exactly what our bodies need. Figuring this out can be more involved than many of us really think about.

Depending on our bodies’ individual needs, one person may need to drink 2 gallons of water and take vitamin B5 and B6, while another person may need just under a gallon of water and no additional vitamins or minerals. Each person’s hydration needs are different and while we definitely do recommend participating in any of our wellness programs, we do not recommend excessive treatments for anyone.

While the majority of us are concerned about whether or not our water intakes are high enough, there is an actual danger regarding becoming overhydrated. A condition called “water intoxication” can actually result from overhydration. Water intoxication or basically water poisoning happens when the amount of salt and electrolytes in your system become exorbitantly diluted. Hyponatremia, or the condition resulting in our bodies when our sodium levels have dropped too low, can be fatal. While athletes are the most at risk due to their increased water intake, anyone can mistakenly disrupt the ratio of sodium to water within their bodies.

The most common cause of overhydration in people who do not work out more than normal is actually water retention. When our bodies retain too much water it degrades certain other important substances in our blood. There are a variety of different medications that we may be taking for health conditions like heart disease or high blood pressure that put us a higher risk for retaining water and therefore, increases our chances of suffering from overhydration.

Symptoms of hyponatremia include muscle spasms and weakness, seizures, nausea, headaches, vomiting, disorientation and confusion, fainting, and even a coma. It is important to understand our bodies and their needs and to take a logical and reasonable approach to hydrate ourselves.

 

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