For years we’ve been told to drink up to prevent dehydration, but now, even athletes are now being warned about the dangers of drinking too much.
Staying hydrated is a must not only when exercising, but throughout the day for optimal health. Now, it looks like it is possible to get too much of a good thing.
Recently a number of athletes have died from a condition called exercise-associated hyponatremia, or EAH, which results from overwhelming the kidneys with excess fluid and upsetting the body’s natural balance of sodium.
EAH has happened to athletes during endurance events like triathlons, but it can occur with any type of activity, even yoga.
It’s important to keep a balance with fluid intake by keeping an eye on individual needs. Smaller people and those who exercise at a slower pace tend to drink more than they lose through sweat.
You want to avoid dehydration when you’re sweating, but pacing yourself and drinking slowly over the course of each day, not high volumes in a short time span are key.
An easy way to know when to drink? According to the latest guidelines, only when you’re thirsty.
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