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Drinking limitless water may cause ‘Water Intoxication’

The condition can cause lethargy and nausea, convulsions or even coma

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Publish Date: Oct 8 2016 1:03PM | Updated Date: Oct 8 2016 1:03PM

Drinking limitless water may cause ‘Water Intoxication’
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While people say that drinking as much water as you can is a healthy habit, some scientists have discovered that drinking too much water can be dangerous for your health as it may cause water intoxication. 
 
As per the research undertaken by Monash University in Victoria, Australia, water intoxication may cause hyponatremia that is a condition in which vital levels of sodium in the blood become abnormally low.
 
The condition can further cause lethargy and nausea, convulsions or even coma. 
 
For the study, participants were made to swallow water under two conditions: following exercise when they were thirsty and later after they were persuaded to drink an excess amount of water.
 
The results showed a three-fold increase in effort after over-drinking.
 
In the study, it was found that when the participants were made to drink a lot of water, some kind of resistance could be seen.