Drinking Too Much Water is Actually Able to Cause Death


Illustration Illustration - Because cases of influenza A and H1N1 are on the rise, many people think that drinking more water and staying awake from hydration will help fight this deadly virus. Though drinking too much water can be very dangerous.

In a tweet posted by the Malaysian Ministry of Health of Putrajaya (KKM), the Ministry of Health advises Malaysians not to drink too much water because this can put you at risk of being diagnosed with Hyponatremia (water intoxification).

For those of you who don't know, hyponatremia occurs when there is a very low level of sodium in the blood due to excess fluid in the body. According to MedicineNet, symptoms of low blood sodium include:

Mental change
Nausea and vomiting
Muscle spasm

Some cases of Hyponatremia can even result in the individual ending up in a coma, possibly leading to death.

Hyponatremia (water intoxification) also disrupts the electrolyte balance (salt concentration) in the body.

So, people who are attacked by hyponatremia will become convulsions, coma and death.

The Ministry of Health went on to say that "the recommended amount of water to be drunk a day is 6-8 glasses." However, it is also recommended to consider other factors that can contribute to your daily water intake such as "each person's physical activity, weather and current health."



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