Ever thought that drinking water could do wrong? Believe it or not, drinking too much water is considered an eating disorder not otherwise specified (EDNOS) called potomania, which occurs when the individual feels the need to ingest large amounts of fluid even without feeling thirsty and very satisfying in doing so.
Why potomania occurs?
The causes are varied potomania and may occur prior to an eating disorder such as anorexia nervosa (drinking water to avoid feeling hungry), a psychological imbalance (personality disorder, delusions), and problems in the hypothalamus (central regulator sed) or consumption of some drugs that interfere with kidney function.
If you are aware of that daily drink plenty of fluid with unknown cause, see your doctor immediately, because knowing the reason for this imbalance is the only way to apply the appropriate treatment for their cure. The first step is always to assume that there potomania and therefore if you drink too much water is because it has a disease.
The risks of drinking too much water
Potomania not a lesser evil. Drink plenty of water can cause an excess of fluid in the blood, resulting in cramps, hyponatremia , nausea, headaches, paralysis, convulsions, heart failure and may even induce the individual to coma and subsequent death.
Of course this does not happen from one moment to another and is caused by drinking lots of water a particular day. Potomania is a habit that is repeated often, wearing the body, and accustoming to that need. When the habit has already been generated is when we should be concerned and seek medical care with a specialist.
Avoiding the excesses
Generally, it is estimated that a person should eat about 2 liters of water a day. This amount is used as means both to avoid experiencing symptoms of dehydration as not to exceed consumption.
Thus, a person can reach triple potomaníaca average and ingest between 6 and 8 liters per day, causing disorder in the body. You, how many liters of water do you drink per day?
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