Thursday, April 14, 2005

Don't Drink the Water

It never seems to amaze how something that is thought of as common sense can actually turn around and bite you. That's right, if you drink TOO MUCH WATER before a race, it can kill you. An article published in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine based on studies of marathon runners cautions that more is not better when it comes to fluids. The condition is called hyponatremia, and happens when the salt in the body is diluted by too much water. Sports drinks and such have the same effect, so you're not safe switching just to gatorade. The researchers state that runners should drink only enough water to replace that lost in sweat and no more, and if you gain significant weight during a workout or training, it's a sign you could be drinking too much.