Guys, I used to be an Aquahalic
Yeah, so there is such a thing as too much of a good thing, and I learned the hard way.
You always hear
“Get your daily H20”
“Hydrate to Stay Healthy”
Well I took drinking water to the extreme and I definitely suffered the consequences.
Growing up we were always told to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and that recommendation just isn’t right.
According to this source, this common misconception comes from a 1945 Food and Nutrition Board paper that said “humans require roughly 2.5 liters per day, but the paper also noted we get most of the fluid we need from food and other beverages (fruits, veggies, soup, juice, even beer — all loaded with water)”
Yet for some reason, the second half of that message got lost, while the “drink more water” part became stuck in people’s minds.
As a result, experts are now worried we’ve become so focused on staying hydrated that we’re guzzling water to life-threatening extremes
What Can Happen If You Drink Too Much Water?
The thing is however, when you are guzzling water like it’s your job (guilty), the amount of water in your body increases quickly while your sodium levels drop, and as a result you can suffer a lot of nasty consequences.
One of which can be called Hyponatremia, where your serum sodium levels in your blood fall to a dangerously low level
I experienced the negative symptoms that come along with drinking too much water and was hospitalized several times because of that mistake.
Symptoms of Hyponatremia
Severe Mental Confusion
Not fun at all, especially as a senior in college.
I was in and out of the ER all the time getting hooked up to sodium chloride bags leaving needle marks in my arms and bruises which made me look like I had a drug problem, so that wasn’t exactly an enjoyable experience.
I also learned that Salt is Not the Enemy
At least not the good types of salt, like Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and Celtic Sea Salt.
Your body needs sodium to function despite what every trainer or magazine tells you about keeping your sodium intake low so you don’t retain water.
Honestly I am in love with with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt and use it to add flavor to just about everything I eat. Including veggies like asparagus or broccoli or on meat or sweet potatoes, pretty much everything!
It just adds the right amount of saltiness, it’s not over the top and I know that my body needs it because I feel so much better after eating something sprinkled with Himalayan Sea Salt.
If you are working out and sweating (your sweat is salty because you are losing sodium) and not replenishing your sodium and electrolyte levels after working out, as well as pounding water like a mad woman, you can fall into some dangerous territory.
If you are already eating a diet that is very clean, unprocessed, and unrefined, then you most likely need to supplement your diet with extra sodium in the form of either Celtic Sea Salt (the real stuff) or some wonderful and delicious Pink Himalayan Sea Salt!
I sprinkle that stuff around like its glitter!
You Can Die From Drinking Too Much Water, Hello Hyponatremia!
Death from drinking too much water is definitely a real thing called Overhydration.
If this overhydration occurs while you’re working out, it can very quickly turn into a dangerous condition called Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia (EAH)
When this happens your brains cells swell up and that can cause to faint, knock you unconscious or you just drop dead. No thanks!
How Much Water Should You Be Drinking to Avoid Hyponatremia?
According to this site
“Fluid needs are dynamic and need to be individualized from person to person.
Factors such as sex, environmental conditions, level of heat acclimatization, exercise or work intensity, age, and even diet need to be considered.”
What this means is that simply listening to your thirst is the best way to gauge when to drink.
Another way to monitor how hydrated you are is to look at the color of your urine after your pee (sorry if that’s tmi)
You want it to look like a lemon or lemonade color. If it’s darker than that you should go drink a glass of water.
If you have worked out a lot make sure to rehydrate with something like Liquid IV, which is how I manage to work out and still feel hydrated.
One of my all time favorite bloggers, Ms. Jordan Younger aka The Balanced Blonde introduced me to this amazing product because she uses it to refuel during runs!
How Liquid IV Helped My Hyponatremia
I noticed a HUGE difference in my overall mental and physical strength after mixing in Liquid IV with my water and immediately felt better.
First of all it hydrates you up to 3X faster than water alone, but it is so much better than water! Liquid IV understands that when you are dehydrated, or low in electrolytes or sodium it can affect your athletic performance and not allow you to be your best self.
It also contains Mined Salt, because your body loses sodium through sweating and it is an essential part of the unique Cellular Transport Technology that Liquid IV utilizes which is an optimal ratio of nutrients that helps hydrate yours cells faster than just drinking water alone.
It also has White Beet Sugar, Vitamin C, Potassium and Water. It also has 5 essential Vitamins that help your body to recover as effectively as possible and normalize your vitamin levels. It has vitamins C, B3, B5, B6, and B12!
So don’t hate on Salt, as long as it’s the good kind, and make sure to not drink more water than your body physically needs. If you are thirst, drink some water, but don’t do what I do and guzzle it like it’s your job 24/7.
Other types of liquids also count towards the amount of fluid you need everyday including broth, juices, etc.
Stay hydrated but don’t become an Aquahalic!!