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February 6, 2015

Too Much Water?

 

Too much of a good thing is NOT a good thing!  There are many health benefits to increasing your fluid intake, but did you know too much in too little time can be toxic?  The body loves homeostasis and keeps this incredibly intricate balancing act in check with surprising efficiency.  When it’s disrupted, however, it can spell disaster.

Read up on the symptoms of water intoxication
“…You might be hot, have a headache, and just feel crummy. Other early symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting.”
“”…look at your pee,” McStay says. “If it’s dark, you’re probably dehydrated, and you should drink. But you wouldn’t want to be peeing, peeing, peeing, and it’s clear. Then you’re peeing out almost clear water and you have a problem.”

Read up on how water intoxication works
“At its most basic, water intoxication occurs when a person drinks so much water that the other nutrients in the body become diluted to the point that they can no longer do their jobs.”

Read up on more facts here
“As long as you are healthy and equipped with a thirst barometer unimpaired by old age or mind-altering drugs, follow Verbalis’s advice, “drink to your thirst. It’s the best indicator.”
– Joseph Verbalis, chairman of medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center

Key takeaways:
Listen to your body’s cues:
– drink to your thirst
– watch your pee
Use common sense
Don’t do it because someone else “told you to,” do it because you want to!

**Listen to your body and use common sense when choosing your water intake.  A gallon may or may not work for you.  The goal of this challenge is to raise self awareness about your own hydration levels and what’s healthy for you.**
**Make sure you’re getting a balance of electrolytes through your diet and fluid intake as well, especially when you’re flushing them out via sweating during a strenuous workout.**

Weekend instructors:
Friday 5:30 PM: Van
Sunday 8 and 9:30: John

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