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Water is crucial for your body to function properly. And yes.. drinking water is very important for our body. We need water to survive, but if we drink too much we put ourselves at risk of developing the alarming condition hyponatremia.

There is, such a thing as drinking too much water and becoming overhydrated. It can lead to falling electrolyte levels resulting in headaches, nausea and weakness.

All of the major systems of your body depend on water to work properly. Drinking adequate amounts of water helps your body: regulate temperature, prevent constipation, flush out waste products, perform all major bodily functions.

Most people, especially those who exercise in hot weather, are more concerned about not drinking enough water.

Overhydration 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 overhydration.

If your electrolytes drop too low too quickly, it can be fatal. Death by overhydration is rare, but it can happen.

Guideline

Experts recommend that a healthy adult drink 78–100 ounces (about 9­–13 cups) of fluids per day, on 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. Colorless urine means you are overhydrated.

How is your water intake? Is it high? If it is high, here’s the sypmtom that you should know..

1. You drink even when you’re not thirsty.

If you’re chugging water even when you’re not thirsty, you could be drinking more than your body needs.  If you consume too much water, there may not be enough of these electrolytes in your blood to keep your body working properly. Electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium help regulate everything from your kidneys to your heart function. Overhydration is dangerous because it can lead to an imbalance of electrolytes in the body.

2. The colour of your urine is crystal clear.

Although dark-colored urine can be a sign of dehydration, but that does not mean that you should aim to produce urine that is complete clear.

Colorless urine might mean that you are overhydrated and need to reduce your water intake. Lemonade-colored in fact, indicates a healthy level of hydration.

3. The urge to pee always wakes you up during the night.

According to Medical New Today, most people urinate six to seven times everyday.  If you find yourself urinating more frequently and needing to wake up at night to use the bathroom, you may be drinking too much water.

4. Feeling nausea for no apparent reasin

Well according to Healthline, overhydration can frequently result in an upset stomach.

5. Swollen lips, feet and hands.

Having swollen handsm feet or lips showed that you might be experiencing an electrolyte imbalance. Drinking too much water can lead to low levels of sodium in the blood which can cause the body’s cells to swell and retain.

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