Overhydration

Overhydration

Overhydration

Overhydration

Good morning all,

Another sun filled day with temperatures expected to reach 33-35℃ here in the East today. Please be careful, you know the old saying “mad dogs and English men”, wear a hat, sunscreen and drink water little and often even if your sat in the shade.

I will try and grab a few rays today, it will be the first chance I have had this week to enjoy the sun, maybe even a BBQ for one later… Oh such an exciting live I lead lol

I managed to get my beautiful and extremely heavy couch upstairs yesterday with help from a friend whom I am very grateful for his help. The weight was supposed to be 50 kilos but i’m sure it was more like 60 kilos, thank god for a strong man!

I thought this post might be apt given the current temperatures this week and I hope you find it informative.

Have a great day people!

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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.

Retaining water

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.

 

 

Overhydration is an imbalance of fluids. It happens when your body takes in or holds on to more fluid than your kidneys can remove.

Drinking too much water or not having a way to remove it can cause water levels to build up. This dilutes important substances in your blood. Endurance athletes, people who run marathons and triathlons, sometimes drink too much water before and during an event.

It’s recommend that a healthy adult should drink between 2-3 litres of fluids per day, on average.

It’s also important to remember that water needs vary with age, sex, weather, activity level, and overall health. So there is no exact formula on how much to drink. Common situations such as extreme heat, significant activity, and illness with fever will all require more fluid intake than average.

In a healthy person, your urine is a good indicator of your hydration status. Pale yellow urine that looks like lemonade is a good goal. Darker urine means you need more water. Colourless urine means you are probably Overhydrated.

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Symptoms of Overhydration

You possibly won’t recognise the symptoms in the early stages but, as the condition increases common symptoms include:

  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Changes in mental health such as confusion or disorientation

Take care of you and yours,

Sue x

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