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Long-Distance Runners Who Drink Too Much Water

Long-distance runners often worry about dehydration. But a survey of marathon runners suggests that some should be concerned instead about drinking too much fluid. Drinking water on a schedule instead of letting thirst prompt fluid consumption can dilute the sodium in the bloodstream to dangerous levels. This condition, known as hyponatremia, can cause symptoms such as headache, confusion, nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness or cramps, loss of energy and even seizures and unconsciousness. At least a dozen runners have died of documented hyponatremia in the past several years. Instead of drinking on some predetermined schedule or overdrinking, runners may be better off drinking when they’re thirsty.

[British Journal of Sports Medicine, June 2011]

1/3/19 redirected to: https://www.peoplespharmacy.com/2019/01/03/for-healthy-kidneys-avoid-sugary-drinks/

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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Your implication appears to be that drinking water when “thirsty” is good enough. That people can over drink water, which I am sure may be true. Since my elderly mother and many many of her elderly friends do not WANT to drink WATER, they read your column and decide that all of the other educated articles about drinking water is hogwash, as most people do when they do not want to do something, they seek ANY information to support their belief.
Elderly people typically do not drink enough fluids period ! When anyone, elderly or not, do not find a need to urinate more than twice in a 24 hour period, they need more fluids !! Not flushing them seems to create more UTIs which often results in confusion and poor health. People can choose to drink fluids and water is one of the best sources of fluids, especially for those less inclined to listen to their bodies or to read sound advice with good examples of dehydration and of what “over drinking” really means.
But next time my elderly mother points to your column I will remind her we are sitting at the doctor’s office to test her urine or for constipation issues and not sitting at her house reading your column.

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