You just spit your water out all over the computer, didn’t you? Well, I hate to dash all the hopes and dreams of every nutritionist and trainer who ever lived, but yes, there is such a thing as drinking too much water, and yes, most people who are health conscious do it.
The phrase, “Once you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.” caught on faster than “All that and a bag of chips.”
When I heard that water had the ability to clear my skin, help me lose weight, increase my digestion, ease my PMS, make my husband pick up his socks, and clear every toxin from my body I’d acquired since birth, I was all over water like white on rice! Drink all the water!!
I went way past the 8 glasses of water a day. I was in the 1 gallon of water a day club, and the first 1/2 gallon I’d drink before breakfast. I was peeing more than Sea Biscuit, but I had read that once I was thirsty, I was already dehydrated, so I made sure my body was NEVER thirsty.
Even when I started to have cold hands and feet, headaches, light-headedness, brittle nails, poor digestion, allergies, and mood swings, I kept right on chugging that water until I found out something that knocked some common sense into me.
1. Over-Hydration Slows Down Your Metabolism
Like we keep saying, over hydration of the body will make your electrolytes imbalanced. Even though we are told to, “Drink enough water until you are peeing clear” what is actually happening when this takes place is that we have overindulged in water so much that the electrolytes in our bodies have been completely wiped out.
Electrolytes are important because the fight fatigue, muscle cramping, and oddly enough dehydration! Furthermore, balanced electrolytes that are present in the blood and extracellular fluid are what allow our cells to properly fluctuate and communicate.
By drinking too much water, we are taking away our body’s key nutrients while also making our cells not function properly. Ultimately, over-saturated cells in our bodies means your metabolism is slowing down.
2. Over-Hydration Generates More FAT Storing Hormones
A person who has issues with exhausted adrenal glands may be making their issues worse if they are drinking too much water. One of the functions of adrenal glands is to respond to stress by producing stress hormones.
Some studies have shown that stress and raised cortisol typically cause fat buildup in the abdominal area. This fat deposition has been referred to as “toxic fat” because belly fat buildup is strongly associated with the development of cardiovascular disease such as heart attacks and strokes.
If stress (regardless the source) is long-standing, the adrenal glands will subsequently become overworked, unable to really do their job to produce the appropriate amount of “fat burning” hormones.
Even worse, our adrenal glands and thyroid work together, and a sluggish thyroid is a major cause of weight gain.
And to really put the nail in the coffin, poor adrenal health can lead to low blood pressure, poor skin health, sparse hair, finger/ankle swelling, and over urination.
3. Over-Hydration Is Slowing Down Fat Burning
Proper body warmth has a direct impact on a quick metabolism, good sex-drive, and fertility, while a cold body is directly linked to poor thyroid function and a slow metabolism.
If you’re a person who has chronic cold fingers and toes, then your body is too cold. Pay more attention to this, especially at what times of day they are cold and what types of food make them warmer.
You’ll notice that you definitely experience a cold feeling over your body when you down a glass of water, but have a warm, tingly feeling when you partake in foods rich in sugars or saturated fat. When your body is completely full of foods that warm you, your metabolic rate will naturally increase.
So, why ruin the positive effects of these warming foods by constantly cooling your body down with too much water?
The Dangers OF Water Poisoning
People always told me it was strange how much water I drank. Once when I met up with my brother Eric for lunch he asked, “Why do you drink so much? It doesn’t even taste like anything!” I tried to explain that I liked water. How I felt like I was always thirsty and that nothing else would work. He said it wasn’t normal to “pound back” three or four glasses of water during one meal. He was right.
While reading up on over-hydration, I discovered a long list of cases of people who had died from drinking too much water. I felt connected to the victims, and couldn’t help feeling that it could have been me.
Jacqueline Henson’s death in 2008 hit particularly close to home. She was a 40-year-old woman, who was trying to lose weight using the Lighter Life Diet Plan. The diet suggested drinking four liters of water throughout the day. Jacqueline drank that entire allotment during less than two hours, while she sat watching TV. A healthy kidney can excrete a maximum of one liter of water a day. Since her body was unable to excrete the fluid, it led to a build up of intracranial pressure. She died the next day of internal bleeding.
Jacqueline’s terrifying experience reminded me of what Dr. Smith had told me about my own condition. We had been poring over my blood work results, and he had pointed out my low sodium levels. I asked him how serious it was.
“Well,” he said, “If you were sixty years old instead of young and resilient, you would probably have already lost cognitive brain function.”
How I Improved My Metabolism and (FINALLY) Lost Weight?
When I say ‘metabolism,’ I’m referring to the wide variety of functions in the body that convert nutrients into energy at the cellular level. The word metabolism is sort of a vague term. But improving how your body converts nutrients to energy can have a huge impact on multiple levels.
Personally, I’ve found that I have a MUCH easier time maintaining my weight, sustaining my energy throughout the day, and balancing my hormones with an improved metabolism.