Excess Water Consumption

Excess Water Consumption: Overview

The average person can consume up to 15 liters of water in a 24-hour period, but drinking too much, too quickly can swell brain cells and cause head pressure.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of fluid overload include a gradual mental dulling, drowsiness, weakness, confusion, coma, convulsions and death.

Complications

Excessive fluid intake can be dangerous because:
  • It can cause pulmonary edema, a condition where water enters the lungs.
  • It can dilute the electrolytes in your blood and cause low blood-sodium levels (hyponatremia).
  • Excessive urination can flush out essential electrolytes, minerals and other compounds.

Excess Water Consumption

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Signs, symptoms & indicators of Excess Water Consumption:

Symptoms - General

Symptoms - Mind - General

Reduced/poor mental clarity may be a sign or symptom of Excess Water ConsumptionReduced/poor mental clarity
Symptoms of fluid overload include a gradual mental dulling, drowsiness, weakness, confusion, coma, convulsions (and even death!)

Conditions that suggest Excess Water Consumption:

Metabolic

Musculo-Skeletal

Nervous System

Risk factors for Excess Water Consumption:

Symptoms - Food - Beverages

Counter-indicators:

Recommendations for Excess Water Consumption:

Diet

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Weak or unproven link: may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest; may increase risk of
Weak or unproven link:
may be a sign or symptom of; may suggest; may increase risk of
Strong or generally accepted link: often suggests
Strong or generally accepted link:
often suggests
Definitely or absolutely counter-indicates: decreases risk of
Definitely or absolutely counter-indicates:
decreases risk of
Very useful: is highly recommended for
Very useful:
is highly recommended for