A multi-institute study lead by Monash University has discovered that our brains shut us down when we are getting too much water by activating a “swallowing inhibition” after we’ve taken in too much water via drinking. It is assumed this is to prevent “water intoxication.”
This mechanism seems to regulate our fluid intake and is designed to keep us from over-drinking. Water intoxication, btw, can actually be FATAL in case you didn’t know it.
The new study challenges conventional “wisdom” that we must drink at least 8 glasses of water per day to be healthy. The brain activated mechanism to keep us from over-drinking apparently helps maintain the highly calibrated volumes of H20 in our bodies, according to this new study which was overseen by Professor Michael Farrell of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and work done at the University of Melbourne by PhD candidate Pascal Saker.
Interestingly, the results showed a 3 times increase in effort after over-drinking! That is, after subjects consumed too much water their ability to swallow it had to be forced 3 times above normal swallowing. This indicated, it seems, that the subjects were having to overcome some sort of resistance by the body to take in more water. Researchers concluded that this confirms their suspicion that the swallowing reflex is inhibited by the brain once our bodies have enough water.
Pity we don’t listen to our own bodies and tend to listen to everyone else! Maybe we’d all be in better health if we would just simply listen to our bodies which are all different. But, then again, we’ve been CONDITIONED (read brainwashed) into thinking we are all the same and not individuals at all which is one of the greatest LIES every told! Professor Farrell summed things up by saying, “If we just do what our body demands us to, we’ll probably get it right…..just drink according to thirst rather than an elaborate schedule.”
And here’s something else to think about……the bottled water industry in this country makes BILLIONS every year! I just can’t help but wonder if some of the push to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day was a PLOY to sell more bottled water!! It’s time to listen to ourselves and our bodies and STOP listening to corporate America! Obviously, they haven’t bothered to inform us of the FACT that TOO MUCH WATER CAN BE FATAL! Hmmmm……wonder why they didn’t tell us? Ah, let me guess…….PROFIT!
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