WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- For three weeks, a woman in her 40s from Israel drank only a combination of water and juice which resulted to her being underweight and suffering from extreme malnourishment. Moreover, she may have developed brain damage.
- According to Israeli news, the diet resulted in the woman being stricken with hyponatremia, a condition where there is an imbalance in sodium levels brought about by excessive drinking of water.
- Having too much water in brain cells may cause the swelling of cells leading to coma and death.
After consuming only juice and water for three weeks, a woman in Israel may suffer from irreversible brain damage, said news reports.
According to the Israeli news outlet Mako, the woman who is in her 40s, was taken to the hospital last week for severe malnutrition and weighing less than 40 kilograms (88 pounds). The diet she had been taking resulted to a severe sodium imbalance with the likelihood that she may have developed irreparable brain damage.
Although the type of salt imbalance wasn’t specified, the Daily Mail reports that the woman may have developed hyponatremia. According to the Mayo Clinic, this condition occurs when the levels of sodium in the blood are extremely low, which is typically caused by drinking excessive amounts of water.
Although drinking water is essential for our health, when low levels of sodium occur due to drinking too much, water moves inside cells to better match sodium concentration.
However, the National Institutes of Health say that this increase in water causes cells to swell which creates problems especially when the swelling happens in the brain cells. The Mayo Clinic says rapid swelling in the brain can lead to coma and in some cases, death.
People are cautioned by the Mayo Clinic not to overdrink water. And while doing activities like endurance running, you may want to replace some of your water with other beverages that contain electrolytes, for these can too, help prevent hyponatremia.
Source: Live Science