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PURE WATER INTOXICATION

I have intentionally selected the title of this post to make my readers understand what I want to say. If I simply say WATER INTOXICATION that would have been taken as killer  water due to the presence of toxic chemicals in water. These may pass on to the water stream through natural processes or through chemical processing. But when I say PURE WATER INTOXICATION it sends a message that drinking pure water can be fatal  sometimes. You will say I am contradicting my own argument. In one of the posts I said water as ELIXIR of life and now I call it as a KILLER of life. Please read on to understand  how water is killer. How many litres of water a normal human being should take depends upon his body weight apart from other things. A thumb rule is you should drink 2 litres  for every 100 pounds of body weight. Drinking too much water can be harmful than good sometimes  fatal. Now let me explain how? One cup of water is equal to 250ml which means that a person weighing 100 pounds should drink 8 cups of water.Also drinking 2 cups of water before every meal can help in weight loss. This is due to the reason that  our stomach is full and needs less food. An important thing to remember is that these numbers are dependent on the activity level of any individual. An athlete will need more water than the one who does not work out.


Drinking too much water can lead to a situation  called OVERHYDRATION. This situation in medical terminology is called  Exercise-Associated Hyponatraemia (EAH).
In simple terms, it means that  if you drink too much water, this  excess dilutes  your body fluids so much that the sodium levels become  life-threateningly low, causing cells to swell. That includes brain cells leading to loss of consciousness, seizures and even coma and death. For long-distance runners, this can be a particular hazard. With half-marathons and marathons being all the rage, runners while practicing must resist the temptation to tank themselves up with too much water.

Water intoxication is always on the cards if you believe you have to ‘stay ahead of thirst’ by drinking excessive quantities of fluids. To do so is entirely un-physiological. Drinking more water than you need increases your total blood volume and also pressures your  kidneys into working overtime so as to filter excess water out of your circulatory system(blood). It is, however, incredibly rare for someone to die of dehydration in a temperate climate, not even sportsmen who sweat a great deal. The right way to drink water is on your TV. Have you seen 

Rafael Nadal playing  five  sets of tennis games  in the baking sun, sweating profusely and  

the way  he drinks  water He  sips and does not gulp. He  may sip at every end change, but  certainly does not  gulp. While exercising, you should balance how much water you drink to how much you are sweating out. All runners should know that over-consumption of fluids, whether it’s water or sports drinks,  The International Marathon Medical Directors Association advocates ‘drinking to thirst’ and no more. 

Five reasons to kick the cola away are:
1. You will have a better  smile. The sugar and acid in soft drinks dissolves tooth enamel(teeth shine)  while the colouring in darker fizzy drinks leaves dark stains on teeth.
2. You will reduce your risk of heart disease. The high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in many soft drinks increases the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.


3. You will reduce your risk of osteoporosis. The phosphoric acid found in soft drinks can loosen a tight bolt, eat away metal, and leach calcium from the bones.
4. You will reduce your risk of diabetes. The connection between excess sugar consumption and type 2 diabetes is well-known.
5. You will stabilise blood sugar and energy levels. Simple sugars, the most harmful of which are HFCS, are carbs that cause a rapid energy spike followed by a sudden plummet. Adding caffeine, a cola essential, intensifies this roller-coaster effect. 


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The author of this site is a lifelong learner with a Ph.D degree in Chemistry and many years of teaching and research experience.Most of his research publications have been cited by researchers all over the globe. The co-authors graph gives an insight into his group.   The   main objective of his writings are to educate the common masses about various facets of health and wellness in as simple a language as possible. World is facing health crisis,food shortage,contamination,air and water pollution and future of mankind is at stake. Together we can make a difference.Please do me a favor by posting your valuable  comments and liking me at facebook.

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