Too much water may not be good for you


ADH, anti-diuretic hormoneSome health officials question the prudence of drinking lots of water. The often prescribed two liters of water a day may be far too much. Moreover, our obsession with drinking water can in some cases lead to life-threatening health issues.

Dietitians, health officials, exercise gurus and others recommend that we drink plenty of water. They support the notion that consumption will improve concentration, enhance complexion, increase energy , alleviate headaches and even diminish our appetites. It has gotten to the point, that people are carrying bottles with them at all times, and if they go even a short time without their habitual gulp, they panic. The fixation prompts some health experts to refer to them as aquaholics, reports the Daily Mail.

Professor Mark Whiteley, a vascular surgeon and founder of The Whiteley Clinic in London, explains that drinking too much water for an extended period of time “resets brain chemistry to expect the excessive amounts of water.” The extra water consumption is linked to profuse perspiration and in some cases motivates individuals to endure surgery to remove their sweat glands.

On top of that, Whiteley informs that the extra water will disrupt your sleep:

“When we fall asleep, our brains release ADH, anti-diuretic hormone, to slow down kidney function and stop us feeling the need to urinate during the night,’ says Professor Whitely. ‘If you drink two or three glasses of water in the evening, all that extra fluid working its way through your system is likely to override the effect of ADH, fill your bladder, and have you getting up in the small hours. It can then be difficult to fall back to sleep.”

In 2008 Jacqueline Henson, while on a rigorous diet, died of water intoxication after consuming four liters of water in a couple of hours. Dr Frankie Phillips, of the British Dietetic Association explained that, ‘Drinking too much water too quickly — and we’re talking liters of water here, rather than cupfuls — can play havoc with the delicate balance of salts in the body.’

Contrary to what people have been told, over the last few decades, some experts now conclude that the best way to tell whether you need to hydrate yourself is if you are thirsty. How would we have ever known?




13 responses to “Too much water may not be good for you”

  1. AkhouManUki Avatar

    Or maybe we should skip water all together and stick to scotch and gin.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar

      I always thought that was ridiculous, after scotch and gin, any alcohol you’re thirsty for water, or salty fish, salty olives we’re our self doctors, for peanuts:)

      1. 5thDrawer Avatar

        The problem is in mixing too much water with a good Scotch. 😉
        And ‘hangovers’ only happen when mixing good booze into various ‘soda’s’.
        Rye&Ginger only create ‘The Fizzies’ for the next morning. :-))))

        (Mixing some foods together in Mom’s ‘economic kitchen’ didn’t work well either. :-)))

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar

          Drink olive oil before une brosse..

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Only ‘Extra Virgin’ … need to watch the Cholesterol.

    2. Hind Abyad Avatar


      1. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
        Rainbow Sponge

        Dyou have any friends in real life? Or is your Canadian French as bad as your English.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar

          Malmequer0 stalking on a 3 years old article?
          So sick i wonder if your wife knows about your double life

          1. Rainbow Sponge Avatar
            Rainbow Sponge

            Well actually you were the one “stalking” a 3 year old article:

            Hind Abyad AkhouManUki • 14 hours ago

          2. Hind Abyad Avatar

            Not you’re business Malaria

  2. 5thDrawer Avatar

    Especially if it’s Lebanese water … :-)))))

    1. The real lebanese Avatar
      The real lebanese

      “I could’ve sworn that arak was water!”

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar

    I’m sure every tourist knows these spots … 😉
    The polluted Cities you don’t want to visit …

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