The most recent submission to the New York Times’ Well Blog is a very timely one. In it, Gretchen Reynolds casts an eye over a recent report on overhydration which suggests that young athletes are perhaps being forced to drink too much water.
With at least three young athletes known to have died since 2008 because of drinking too much fluid, Dr. Kevin Miller, co-author of the overhydration report, set about investigating this problem.
Dr Miller’s advice is simple:
The key, he said, is for athletes to drink when they feel thirsty — not before and not after they feel sated. “You do not need to ‘stay ahead of your thirst,’ as many people think.”
You can read more about the risks of drinking too much water in the New York Times’ article HERE.