When it comes to goals, I’m an all or nothing kind of person. When I want to be dedicated, you better believe nothing will get in my way. On the other hand, if I’m not really feeling it, I’ll probably just “forget” and let whatever I resolved to do fall to the wayside.
At the end of December, I set a number of goals for myself. Instead of directly reaching for the stars, I created “baby” goals, if you will, to help guide me along on a daily basis.
One of my daily goals is to drink at least 48 ounces of water every day. I’m proud to report that the actual number has been closer to 64 ounces. And I’ve honestly seen a positive difference in my energy and hunger levels since increasing my consumption. Go me!
But you know how they say too much of a good thing is sometimes a bad thing? Well, I think I experienced that the other day when I drank close to 80 ounces of water before dinnertime. I’m not 100% sure whether something was actually wrong, but I sure felt off. My heart literally felt heavy. I know that’s a weird thing to say, but it’s the best way to describe the feeling. I told Vishnu about my overconsumption of water and the symptom I was experiencing, but he didn’t think anything of it. I think his exact words were, “You’re fine, babe.” Ok then. I did some quick research and learned that it’s rare for anyone to drink too much water.
I felt better the next day, but I was still curious about what would happen if one were to drink too much water. We’re always bombarded with messages about drinking enough, but what are potential side effects of drinking too much. Here’s what I found…
– Drinking too much water can lead to a rare but potentially fatal condition called hyponatremia, where the body’s sodium levels drop, leading to brain swelling.
– Even if the sodium imbalances didn’t lead to the swelling of the brain, they could still cause confusion, seizures, and/or a coma.
– Other prominent signs of hyponatremia include loss of appetite, fatigue, hallucinations and convulsions.
So, even while it’s rare to experience any of the above, I personally think it’s important to take the appropriate steps to avoid overhydration, including…
– Drink small amounts of water at regular intervals.
– Drink sports drinks during extra long cardio sessions.
– Replenish your sodium levels with salty snacks, as your body body requires a certain amount lost through sweating.
– And always remember, don’t drink more than your thirst demands! Listen to you body.
While I still plan on drinking lots of water everyday, I think it’s important to understand the potential side effects of overdrinking because like I said, sometimes I’m a little too all or nothing – it’s easy for me to take things too far!
Be honest, how much water do you drink on a daily basis?
***Please remember, I’m not a health care professional. All of the information provided in this post is based on my independent research. Please consult with your doctor if you have any health concerns or issues.***