Risk of Water Intoxication

Risk of Water Intoxication

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Health professionals agree that the body needs water, but too much can be fatal. Hyponatremia is also called water intoxication. This situation can be caused by excessive drinking of plain water. It causes a low concentration of sodium in the blood. Healthy kidneys are able to excrete approximately 1 litre of fluid water per hour, but stress, disease states, physical exertion can rapidly reduce this amount to 0.10 litre. If any of the symptoms become intolerable or if you have seizures or fear you may lose consciousness, get medical assistance immediately. Extreme hyponatremia can ultimately cause coma and death.

Water Intoxication Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Muscle spasms or cramps
  • Seizures

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