5 situations when you should not drink water

Too much of something is poisonous, even drinking too much water

___9094917___2018___11___12___9___water

However, too much of anything is poisonous, yes, even drinking too much water, more so, drinking water at the wrong time. We already gave you instances when you should drink water. But, did you now that there are instances when you should not drink water? We will give you the low-down:

1. Right before bed.

Drinking a lot of water before bedtime will lead to interrupted sleep – you will keep waking up to urinate and, you may not go back to sleep after. In addition, our kidneys work slower at night and drinking too much water before bed could lead to having a swollen face and limbs the next morning. Another disadvantage of too much water before sleeping is that it leads to an increase in the volume of the blood, causing harmful pressure on the heart and blood vessels which can lead to seizures.

2. During intense workout.

When working out, the body temperature rises and that’s why we feel hot when training. But drinking too much water can cause an electrolyte depletion which can then lead to headache, nausea and dizziness. Drinking water after you exercise flushes out waste products accumulated during your workout session, improves flexibility and reduces soreness of the limbs. If you have to take water when doing an intense workout, take just a little.

3. When your urine is colorless.

Colorless urine is a sign of overhydration. Too much water leads to low sodium levels, which could cause serious health problems and could even lead to a heart attack.

4. Never drink water to wash down spicy food.

We have all been in a situation where we ate really spicy food and the first instinct was to wash it down with a glass cold water right? Wrong. Spicy food contains a mouth burning molecule called capsaicin which is a non-polar molecule that can only be dissolved in other non-polar molecules like milk. Taking water after eating spicy food only spreads the capsaicin all over the mouth, which makes the burning sensation worse. So, next time this happens, milk to the rescue, not water.

5. Right before, during or after a meal.

Your mouth produces saliva which has enzymes essential for a healthy digestive process. The stomach also produces gastric acid, necessary for digestion and also to kill bacteria. Too much water leads to a decrease in saliva and dilutes the gastric juice which could lead to a pile up of undigested food in your body and it could even become toxic.

Overhydration leads to a condition called hyponatremia, whereby the body holds onto too much water. This dilutes the amount of sodium in the blood and causes levels to be low. This leads to nausea, headache, confusion and fatigue. So, next time you’re chugging that glass or bottle of water, remember, drink in moderation!

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Former Mother-in-Law actor Ninja celebrates 4th wedding anniversary

Former Mother-in-Law actor Ninja celebrates 4th wedding anniversary

Koma tribe: A brief walk into the lives of an ancient ethnic group

Koma tribe: A brief walk into the lives of an ancient ethnic group

The health benefits of drinking warm water are unbelievable

The health benefits of drinking warm water are unbelievable

'I look forward to spending your money' - Simi tells Adekunle Gold on anniversary

'I look forward to spending your money' - Simi tells Adekunle Gold on anniversary

Why does a man's love for you reduce after some time?

Why does a man's love for you reduce after some time?

Will Ruto and Raila's zodiac signs shape your voting? [Pulse Editor's Opinion]

Will Ruto and Raila's zodiac signs shape your voting? [Pulse Editor's Opinion]

Wedding bells? Brian Ogana hints at proposal to girlfriend Dyder

Wedding bells? Brian Ogana hints at proposal to girlfriend Dyder

Opinion: On whether a married couple without kids should be considered family or not

Opinion: On whether a married couple without kids should be considered family or not

SA celebrity couple experience the beauty of Kenya during honeymoon

SA celebrity couple experience the beauty of Kenya during honeymoon