We are always told how good it is to drink plenty of water before, during and after exercising. Hydration is extremely important. However, we should know that it is important to drink water wisely.
A recent report coming from the International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development Conference held this year, says that drinking water when you don’t feel thirsty while exercising can have damaging consequences on your body.
They explained that when a person drinks water in excess during workout, he or she can suffer from exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH). Basically, when a person has too much water, his or her body cannot eliminate it through sweat or urine as fast as it should. This causes the sodium in the body to dilute.
It is wise to listen to our bodies and prevent harming them in any way. Experts warn that sodium should be maintained to a normal level at all times because it helps our body to function normally.
If you’ve drank water in excess, you might start to have certain symptoms such as vomiting, headaches, confusion and even seizures. There are cases when the more severe symptoms can lead to the person’s death. These symptoms occur because the brain swells and our body is unable to manage the alterations.
“Our major goal was to re-educate the public on the hazards of drinking beyond thirst during exercise,” stated the lead author of the report Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler.
Therefore, it is important that we either drink just enough water to quench our thirst or chose other palatable fluids that can maintain hydration in our body at normal levels.
Therefore, the Consensus Panel prompts coaches and athletes to exercise safely and only drink water when they need to do so to avoid suffering from EAH.
They were encouraged to issue this piece of information because two teenage football players died of EAH last year, after drinking too much water.
During the hot season, when people exercise more and it is hotter outside, the general tendency is to drink more water than they actually need. This is why the news comes in handy for all the amateurs who think hydration means gulping down gallons of water all in one intake.
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