Growing up as a child, everyone was constantly harassed by their parents, telling them to drink water all day with that being one of the ways that you’re going to stay healthy. Maybe it was them saying think about that soda you’re going to drink, or is it worth putting it down and possibly going with a heathier alternative, like a bottle of water. By medical organizations everywhere, it is recommended that you have a daily intake of 3.7 liters per day. Although that may seem like a very unreasonable task for one to handle, as long you can keep a water bottle next to you and are willing to refill it constantly throughout the day this is a simple task that can go a long way in keeping you healthy. In this world there are going to be people who don’t care to drink water because they don’t want to and then there are people who drink water constantly all day. This puts forward a very interesting topic, and that is whether drinking too much water can be possibly be dangerous for you. All throughout history there has only been positive ideas about drinking, but little did people know there could possibly be some negative effects as well.
When it comes to drinking water daily, it is widely agreed on that it is going to have more positive effects on your bodies functions rather than negative. But then that really interested me because if you take too much of anything or do too much of anything, there has to be some type of negative side effects. To ultimately understand what the real truth is, I really decided to dig deep to find the truth. Along with this I created a null hypothesis, that water has no negative effects on the body, and an alternative hypothesis, the water has negative effects on the body. There have been a lot of doctors recently that are trying to advise people of the dangers of excessively drinking beyond their bodies ability to control it. Another unfortunate that goes unnoticed and therefore people don’t become informed as people are dying because of the over consumption of water. They are dying of something called EAH, which is basically the over hydration of your body to the point where you have too many electrolytes in your body (Description Here). Even though this doesn’t seem possible, you are poisoning your body just like if you were consuming too much alcohol. This really surprised me when I first read about this because water always had a good reputation of only being good for you, but when you read that people are dying from over consumption of it, you start to get worried a little.
But that doesn’t have to be the case because these deaths are so rare and really only happen to a select few of people. Doctors say the people that are at high risk of EAH are over excessive athletes that sometimes push their bodies beyond their limits, and in the end they try to compensate for the water that they lost. The sodium that is already in your body can’t handle the larger amounts of water and parts of your body begin to fail. For example, people who are marathon runners have a proven history of consuming more water than your average person. Everything with this is self-controlled, and you can take practical measures that are as simple as just drinking water while your thirsty, not just because you want to. You really need to be on the lookout for people who are competing in physically demanding challenges where its asking a lot from there body. When there done they are going to be asking for a lot of water, which is good but obviously in moderation.
After exploring how water can possibly be dangerous for the body, it’s fair to say that we can reject the null hypothesis of that there are no negative effects of water on the body. Previously you would assume that there would be no effects of water because it’s something so simple and possibly one of the healthiest things. Just when you think that it’s a topic that you can’t about or do research about, there is always going to be something that changes it or causes a topic of conversation.