It is a well known fact that athletes and people who engage in loads of physical exercise need to stay hydrated at all times. However, what happens when people stay too hydrated? A condition called Hyponatremia. This is a condition that occurs in people who drink so much water that they dilute the sodium levels in the body. In normal circumstances, urinating and sweating are two body processes that take care of extra water in the body. However, when the body can’t deal with the amount of water that is being dumped into it, Hyponatremia occurs.
According to Brian Torchin a couple of decades ago, the condition of Hyponatremia was uncommon and unheard of but recently, it has come to light after some marathoners died because of it. These runners were slow, didn’t sweat much, and stayed at the back but kept their water levels high because they did not want to get hydrated. The result was Hyponatremia and death.
Experts have always been vocal about the myth of drinking “8 to 10 glasses of water every day”. Water should be drunk when you are thirsty because that is the body’s indication that water levels are down. Anything more than that is useless and when a set level is crossed, it can be extremely fatal.