Monday, November 1, 2010

Drinking Too Much Water Leads To Hyponatremia ST 011110

Today's topic in the ST Sweet 16 Marathon Training Plan (on page B13 under the Sports section) talks about the perils of hyponatremia or drinking too much. Drinking too much water that is. You mean you can drink too much water? That is probably what most readers will be asking. Yes, you can.

A common reply from athletes (taking part in endurance events) will be that they have drank a lot of water yet still feel thirsty. Their tummy feels bloated and swollen and they have a upset stomach. More severe symptoms can include cramps, giddiness, disorientation, vomiting, convulsions, diarrhoea, swelling in the brain and death in severe cases. Now, you can trust me on this, I had most of the above mentioned symptoms & even spent 2 days in the ICU of a Hong Kong hospital when I drank too much water and had hyponatremia during a 100km running race in November 2000.

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