Hyponatremia

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Hyponatremia is a condition where the sodium levels in our body are too low, allowing water to cause our cells to swell. This can result in coma or even death! There are different causes for hyponatremia, one of them is drinking too much water. We hear many messages about the importance of drinking water, but some people have taken it too far. Certainly, if you don’t drink enough water it could kill you--and if you drink too much water it could kill you.

So how much water do we actually need? Enough to replace the fluids that you are losing each day, is determined by your size, your activity level, and the climate. A simple method of determining your hydration level is the color of your urine (provided you are not mega-dosing on vitamins or taking certain medications). It should be lightly yellow. Bright yellow could indicate you need more water.

Positive Tip: When it comes to drinking water, enough is essential for good health, but too much could be dangerous!