A Man Nearly Dies After Drinking 5L Water every day

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The deadly coronavirus had quite literally got the world to a standstill. Individuals and industries across the globe suffered majorly. It is because of the virus that the lockdowns were put and bans on travels were imposed.

For the longest time, there had been no vaccination for the disease. Medical professionals till date continue to treat novel coronavirus patients on the basis of their symptoms.

In a recent incident, a man tried to cure his COVID-19 symptom by drinking excessive water. A 34-year-old man based out of Patchway, Bristol, drank excessive water to get rid of the suspected novel coronavirus.

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Luke, who happens to be a civil servant, had drank almost double the amount of water that is recommended. As a result, the natural sodium from his body got flushed out and led him to the intensive care unit of a hospital.

the increased volume caused water intoxication, meaning his body’s salt levels became dangerously low, leading to a collapse in the bathroom.

Fortunately, his wife Laura who was at home immediately called the paramedics who rushed him to the hospital.

Laura told the news portal, “He had been very poorly for a week and was advised to drink plenty of fluids. He went up to have a bath one night and, the next thing you know, there was a huge bang. The hospital reckoned he had a fit. This was down to his salt levels being flushed out by drinking too much water.”

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Doctors informed that due to excessive consumption of water, Luke’s brain had swollen and he was kept in the intensive care unit for 2-3 days.

Effects of excessive consumption of water:

Excess water can lead to lower sodium levels in the body, which may further lead to nausea, vomiting, cramps, fatigue, et al. This condition is known as hyponatremia.

Headaches are signs of both over-hydration and dehydration. When you drink too much water, the salt consumption in your blood reduces, causing the cells in the organs throughout your body to swell.

What is Overhydration?

Overhydration is an imbalance of fluids. It happens when your body takes in or holds on to more fluid than your kidneys can remove. Drinking too much water or not having a way to remove it can cause water levels to build up. This dilutes important substances in your blood.

The Institute of Medicine established guidelines for adequate water intake. They recommend that a healthy adult drink 78–100 ounces (about 9­–13 cups) of fluids per day, on average.

 

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Harshit Bhasin
Harshit Bhasin
I’m a student currently doing B.A(hons) English from Dyal Singh College, Delhi University. I like to read and write and apart from it, I like watching movies, series, animated series (Animes) and playing games. I’m also a sportsperson and I like to perform outside activities regularly.

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