What is Overhydration?
have and are experiencing high temperatures here in the UK and it’s normal for our bodies to expel fluid through our skin when we are hot. It’s our bodies way of trying to cool us down and it’s what we call sweating for gents and perspiring for ladies.
When this happens it’s common for us to reach for water to quench our thirst and replenish our bodies fluids keeping us hydrated. We need to keep our bodies hydrated to help regulate our body temperature, flush out toxins, stop constipation and help our organs perform their tasks.
When we feel so hot it’s easy to drink a lot of water especially if you are working or exercising in the heat but, what if we drink too much?This then becomes Over-hydration and can lead to water intoxication. This occurs when the amount of salt and other electrolytes in your body become too diluted. Hyponatremia is a condition in which sodium (salt) levels become dangerously low. This is the main concern of Over-hydration.
If your electrolytes drop too low too quickly, it can be fatal. Death by Overhydration is rare, but it does happen.
Increased water intake
This occurs when you drink more water than your Kidneys can remove in your urine. Our kidneys can only filter approximately 1 litre per hour and can cause too much water to collect in your bloodstream.
This occurs when your body can’t get rid of water properly. Several medical conditions can cause your body to retain water.
Both of these types are dangerous because they throw your body off the balance between water and sodium in your blood.