Drinking Too Much Water Could Be Dangerous

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By Cooking Panda

For a long time now, popular opinion would have you believe that drinking enough water can basically cure any ailment; people say that it’ll give you energy, keep your skin clear, help you sleep at night, get your blood moving properly and more.

While all of this is true — staying hydrated is a totally crucial part of anybody’s health and wellness routine — a recent report in the BMJ Case Reports journal actually says that doctors at King’s College Hospital think that you don’t necessarily need to be consuming lots of fluids when you’re feeling under the weather.

“We frequently advise our patients to ‘drink plenty of fluids’ and ‘keep well-hydrated’ when they are unwell. But, what do we mean by that? Are there potential risks of this apparently harmless advice?” the doctors wrote in the journal, according to Munchies.

Basically, what spurred on this thought process was a woman who developed symptoms of a urinary tract infection after reportedly consuming water — not just the recommended amount, but a huge amount of it.

Look, folks: overdoing anything, even healthy practices, probably isn’t a good idea. This woman was drinking a pint of water an hour to “flush out her system”. That’s too much fluid!

After a trip to A&E, doctors determined that the woman actually didn’t have a UTI — she had a condition that is the result of low salt levels in the blood called acute hyponatraemia, which is about as fun as it sounds — that is, not very. 

“As demonstrated here, the harmful effects of increased fluid intake include confusion, vomiting and speech disturbance, and potential for catastrophic outcomes due to low blood sodium concentrations,” the journal report concluded, wih Dr. Imran Rafi of the Royal College of GPs saying to ITV:

“We would encourage patients to drink more if they have symptoms of dehydration, such as feeling thirsty — including in hot weather or when exercising — or passing dark-colored urine. There is no steadfast recommendation as to how much water people should drink in order to stay healthy, but the key thing is to keep hydrated — and passing clear urine is a good indication of this.”

Sources: MunchiesITV / Photo Credit: Calypso

Tags: fluid, hydration, moderation, over hydration, water
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There’s A Scientific Reason Why People Love LaCroix

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By Cooking Panda

I feel so vindicated right now, I’m beside myself.

When I was younger, I could not understand what my parents loved so much about seltzer water. It was bitter and fizzy, and felt bad sliding down my throat — and, frankly, back then I thought Kool-Aid was the ultimate thirst-quencher. Either that or chocolate milk.

Once I got to college, something changed. My hunch is that I grew a taste for it after accepting one too many vodka clubs at parties, but I graduated as a lover of seltzer water.

I’ve tried foisting it upon friends and family, and all of them claim that seltzer just doesn’t do anything when it comes to quenching their thirst.

But now science is here to back me up, folks, and I couldn’t be happier. A study published Oct. 3 in the Public Library of Science’s journal PLOS ONE basically confirmed that seltzer is the ultimate drink to alleviate thirst.

“We have a decent understanding of what turns thirst on, but need to better understand what turns it off so we can motivate the elderly and other at-risk populations to keep drinking their fluids,” said study senior author Paul A.S. Breslin, PhD, a sensory biologist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center.

Researchers studied healthy participants between the ages of 20 and 50, and determined just how effective different beverages actually were at curing thirst by measuring how much water subjects reached for after drinking certain beverages.

“Our results confirmed what people tend to naturally do when they are thirsty: drink a cold and often carbonated beverage to feel a sensation of relief,” said study lead author Catherine Peyrot des Gachons, PhD, also a sensory biologist at Monell.

The factors that determined how hydrated participants felt were the temperature and carbonation level of the beverage, rather than the acidity or sweetness. Basically, you don’t want flat water, lukewarm water or soda when you’re looking for a hangover cure; a nice glass of chilled seltzer should do the trick.

Moving forward, the researchers want to begin exploring which sensory cues actually trigger a desire to drink; they hope to eventually help improve hydration in at-risk populations, including soldiers, athletes and the elderly.

Sources: Science Daily / Photo Credit: LaCroix Sparkling Water/Instagram

Tags: hydration, LaCroix, quenching thirst, research, sparkling water
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Drink Up: Studies Show Reusable Water Bottles Are As Germ-Ridden As Your Toilet Seat

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By Cooking Panda

The more you know, right?

Wrong! 

You’ve probably heard it before: We need to drink more water. Scarcely has there been a time that I’ve been sick and not told to drink up; hydrate; get in my eight glasses per day. And guess what? It’s true!

The benefits of hydration are endless; every cell, tissue, and organ in your body requires water to operate.

Do you want your body to maintain a healthy temperature? Then you better drink water. Want your joints nice and mobile instead of squeaky and fragile? Drink up. And if you want to avoid constipation, you better keep your hydration in check.

But that hasn’t stopped TreadmillReviews.net from sharing its new disgusting water-related findings with Metro — but beware. Don’t let what you’re about to read discourage you from keeping hydrated.

Apparently, drinking from a water bottle that has already been used is actually just as bad for you as licking your toilet would be.

Um, gross.

Researchers over at Treadmill Reviews lab-tested water bottles after each had been used by an athlete for one week. One of them — incidentally, the one with the highest number of bacteria — had more bacteria than an average toilet seat. That’s a lot of germs, folks. Additionally, researches found that 60% of those germs have the ability to make people ill.

But here’s the thing: Drinking out of reusable bottles is an environmentally friendly choice; and let’s not discount all those benefits of hydration we discussed before. More energy! Happier colons! Woohoo!

So what do we do?

First of all, choose your reusable water bottle carefully. Slide-top bottles were found to have 933,340 CFU (germs) per square cm, while straw-tops are a cleaner choice, and clock in at just 25,400 CFU per square cm.

Secondly, stainless steel bottles are healthier than plastic bottles. That means it’s worth it to invest in a permanent bottle, rather than continuously refilling that old, plastic Dasani one. It’s better for the environment too.

Lastly: wash your bottles, folks. If there is anything to be gathered from this research, it’s that clearly, water doesn’t stay clean and germ-free by virtue of being water. Make sure to give your reusable water bottle a good scrub down every day.

Now go hydrate!

Sources: Metro, Treadmill Reviews / Photo credits: Treadmill Reviews, Alamy/Metro

Tags: germs, hydration, recycle, water bottles
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