A new study reveals that drinking too much water may be harmful to those who exercise. The International Exercise-Associated Hyponatremia Consensus Development released a statement revealing new information informing people about the recommended water intake during exercise.
The previous recommended dose of water has proven to be too much, researchers now say that when people drink too much water during exercise it can be harmful and recommend only drinking sufficient amounts to quench the thirst, according to Consumer Affairs.
The study has proven that drinking excessive water while exercising can cause exercise-associated hyponatremia, EAH.
When the amount of water consumed is higher than the body can release through urine or sweating, the body’s sodium levels begin to become diluted. Sodium levels regulate the internal systems of the body thus are very important.
The symptoms of EAH are headaches, confusion, seizures and vomiting. They occur due to brain swelling and body’s inability to handle the changes.
After the deaths of two football players, in 2014, due to EAH, the Consensus Panel decided to reassess the causes.
Sadly there are no prior symptoms leading up to EAH, only when the body is already experiences it, the symptoms start to show.
Dr. Tamara Hew-Butler, author of the updated report stated, “Our major goal was to re-educate the public on the hazards of drinking beyond thirst during exercise,” “The safest individualized hydration strategy before, during and immediately following exercise is to drink palatable fluids when thirsty.”
Possibility of EAH cannot be completely rid of through proper hydration but can help the body agitate towards it.
Researchers have suggested to people who exercise, especially very active athletes, to pay attention to their bodies. All medical officials are recommended o treat every case individually as every body’s sodium levels are different from one anther.
“Every single EAH death is tragic and preventable, if we just listen to our bodies and let go of the pervasive advice that if a little is good, than more must be better,” said Dr. Hew-Butler.