Drinking TOO MUCH Water

Question

I am a 22 year old who leads a pretty healthy lifestyle, I go to the gym 3-4 times a week, I ditch the lift and use the stairs, I also drink a lot of water which makes me go to the ladies irritatingly often. I drink about 2.5-4L’s of water a day which doesn’t seem like a lot during my acts of drinking but becomes impossible to keep it in….

Would you say I’m drinking too much water? I do get pretty thirsty and when I don’t drink water become a little dizzy.

Any advice is welcome.
Thank you
Zintle

Submitted by Zintle Mvinjelwa on 10 October 2013

Answer

Hi Zintle! While it’s great that you are making sure you get in your minimum water intake, there is absolutely such a thing as too much water! Taking in too much water increases your total blood volume and puts pressure on your kidneys to filter the excess water effectively. You can also deplete your sodium levels and flood the inside of your cells. This depletion – called hyponatremia – can rupture your cells, causing immediate symptoms like headaches, confusion, nausea and vomiting. The right amount to drink is 250ml for every 10kgs of your body weight. When factoring in sweat during workouts, aim for drinking in the ratio of 1 litre to every 1000 calories burned.

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