What Happens to the Body if You Drink Too Much Water

“Excess water is first absorbed into the bloodstream, and then filtered by the kidneys and excreted from the body in the form of urine. The kidneys of a normal healthy adult can remove up to one liter of water per hour. If you consume more than this amount within a few hours, there is a risk of water intoxication and other side effects,” Ball said.

The expert also listed the signs that indicate water intoxication:

  • Nausea and vomiting;
  • Confusion of consciousness;
  • Forgetfulness;
  • Headache.

The body that has suffered from excess water needs help. If the state of hyponatremia (water intoxication) begins to progress, it can result in very severe symptoms:

  • hallucination
  • seizure,
  • slurred speech,
  • weakness,
  • muscle spasms,
  • deterioration of brain function
  • coma.

In addition, Ball added that the risk of suffering from the dangerous effects of water drunk in large quantities is especially high for those who constantly quench their thirst with water during physical exertion or extreme heat without additional mineralization of the body. In addition, there may be mental problems that result from consuming water in excessive doses.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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