If You’ve Been Gargling With Salt Water to Prevent Covid-19, Read This Now

Social media is buzzing with myths when it comes to covid-19 and its prevention. And today we are unveiling the truth about gargling with saline water.

If you are active on social media then you must be following the updates on covid-19 too. A doctor’s video, as he was spreading awareness about covid-19 prevention from the sunroof of his Audi, went viral. This doctor was emphasizing on the fact that gargling with salt water daily can prevent reduce your risk of covid-19. According to him, this is the Ayurvedic way to deal with SARS-CoV-2. But does it really work?

Not according to the Harvard T H Chan School of Public Health at least

Researchers at Harvard have totally dismissed gargling with saline water as a measure to prevent covid-19. According to them, this technique won’t be able to stop the covid-19 virus from reaching your lungs. They were also quick to add that sipping lukewarm water at regular intervals won’t help either.

The WHO is of the same opinion too

In fact, the WHO has already said this quite a few times. According to them, gargling with salt water isn’t a foolproof technique of prevention. That said, they haven’t denied the fact that salt water gargles can help soothe sore throat. The WHO also mentions that there is no evidence to suggest that gargling with saline water can prevent covid-19.

Rather, the WHO suggests washing your hands regularly and maintaining social distancing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also seems to be in agreement with the WHO and Harvard.

So why is gargling with salt water being suggested so vehemently in India?

When three renowned health bodies have totally negated the credibility of the salt water gargle technique, then why is that Indians are putting their faith in it?

We got in touch with Dr. Kunal Shah (M.D.), a homeopathy expert who runs his own clinic in Mumbai, to get to the bottom of it.

“Gargling with salt water is a naturopathic form of treatment. And there is no denying that it is NOT an effective technique when it comes to covid-19. The only benefit it has to offer is that it will keep your throat healthy,” he says.

He added:

There are a lot of doctors that are proliferating the usage of doing salt water gargles to prevent coronavirus but it is more of a physiological relief.

The final verdict

Clearly gargling with salt water is not the suraksha kawaj it is made out to be. Yes, it’s good for the throat-but if you want to stay safe from covid-19, then it’s masks and social distancing all the way baby.

Sorry Folks, Kali Mirch and Laung Can’t Save You From Covid-19. But They Can Boost Your Immunity

If you are being advised to chew on black peppercorns and clove to stay safe from covid-19, then you might want to read this.

Covid-19 has jolted everyone’s life. While Mumbai has already surpassed Wuhan’s tally of cases, Delhi is on the verge of becoming the next New York. The sheer spike in the number of coronavirus positive cases has led to uncertainty and panic among people. And so, almost daily we come across a “magic trick” that will help us stay safe from the infection. While earlier, garlic was the touted remedy, nowadays it’s raining black pepper and cloves.

But do these spices really work? You’re about to find out

Peppercorns and cloves can boost your immunity-there is no doubt about it

According to a study published in the journal of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, black peppercorn has antioxidant, antimicrobial, and gastro-protective properties that help in building our immunity-especially when it comes to our throat.

Clove also seems to have similar properties as suggested by a study published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology which claims that consuming whole cloves can help boost the immune system. Plus, the spice has benefits for your oral health.

But does this really mean these spices will help us prevent SARS-CoV-2? Well, that still remains a mystery with all health agencies staying mum on the subject.

So, we went to a medical expert to know the whole truth.

According to Dr. Kunal Shah, these spices will boost your immunity but can’t prevent a covid-19 infection

“There is no denying that certain spices can bestow better immunity. Even in Ayurveda, it is considered that consuming spices like black peppercorns and clove or laung can help in dealing with some throat ailments,” explains Dr. Shah who is an MD and a homoeopathy expert.

He adds: “This virus hits our throat first, maybe that’s why people are considering these two to be “THE” ingredients to help them with covid-19. But unfortunately, that’s not going to happen.”

Dr. Shah clearly mentions that there is no written literature or research that says consuming black pepper or cloves will help you stay immune to coronavirus. But yes if your immunity is good and your throat is healthy then you can recover from a covid-19 infection faster.

He says:

If you have strong immunity then there will be no major symptoms of covid-19 in you and you will deal with less complications. In fact, people with strong immunity can tame covid-19 in home isolation as well.

So, the bottom line is…

Clove and black pepper might not prevent a coronavirus infection, but they can help boost your immunity. So, if your parents are making you drinking that spicy kadha, do yourself a favour and gulp it down.

How to Cope With the Loss of a Loved One During the Covid-19 Pandemic

It’s never easy to come to terms with losing a loved one and the covid-19 pandemic has made it even more difficult. But here’s how you can still try.

Enough has been broadcasted on new channels, enough has been discussed with friends and peers, and enough has been said on social media-however, not enough has been done to help people cope with it. I am talking about the ever-rising death toll due to covid-19.

If the demise of celebrities like Irrfan Khan, Rishi Kapoor, hit people so hard this year, I could only imagine how much worse it would be to lose someone during this terrible, terrible year. Unfortunately, the imagination turned to reality when I lost my grandfather earlier this month. Facing a hard time coping up with the loss, it struck me that there would be so many people having a hard time just like me and so, almost instinctively, I got in touch with an expert to figure out how to cope with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic.

“Mental health of people has been severely impacted due to this pandemic as it has had a physical social, and economic impact, leaving people vulnerable from all sides,” points out Dr. Preeti Singh, senior consultant, clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Paras Hospitals, Gurugram.

She adds:

Grieving the loss of a loved one has never been easy for anyone. But, this pandemic has taken this distress to another level. 

Why, you wonder?

Well, for starters, if you’ve lost a loved one to the novel coronavirus, then perhaps, the uncertainty about how that person contracted the virus in the first place could make you overthink about the situation according to Dr. Singh.

Additionally, losing someone to this disease also means that you really weren’t prepared to lose them as they probably weren’t suffering from any chronic, serious diseases, or age-related illness.

“And then, if you both contracted the virus and you managed to survive, survivor’s guilt could haunt you further,” Dr. Singh explains.

She mentions yet another painful aspect of losing a loved one during the pandemic: The fact that you wouldn’t have been able to carry out their last rites and bid them the farewell they deserved due to the government restrictions and rules to ensure safety.

All of this, while coping up with the other damages the pandemic has done to our mental health already. From panic and anxiety to chronic stress and depression, many people are reporting mental health issues due to the ongoing situation.

How, then can you cope with it?

We must understand that in the current scenario, the loss of a loved one can lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This includes symptoms such as getting flashes of the incidents about the deceased while sick, not sleeping well, heightened level of anxiety around any health symptoms, panicking, excessive alcohol consumption, excessive smoking, having suicidal thoughts, and feelings of hopelessness.

Now, definitely, if your state of mind is that troubled, only a health professional can help you through it. However, Dr. Singh recommends the following strategies that you could adapt to feel slightly better:

1. Try to overcome the guilt: Surely, survivor’s guilt is real. But, you’ve got to know that it doesn’t imply you’ve not done your best to save your loved one.

2. Talk: Talking about your feelings to friends, family, and trusted ones can make you feel lighter as opposed to keeping your feelings bottled up. The more you keep to yourself, the more it’ll eat you up. It’s absolutely okay to cry your heart out to a friend or grieve in front of them. It’ll help you heal.

3. Surround yourself with loved ones: Staying alone or aloof is a bad, bad idea if you’re dealing with the loss of a loved one during this pandemic. Move in with someone, who can take care of you, feed you well, and simply share things with you. After all, knowing that you still have someone, who cares about you can help you a great deal.

4. Maintain a routine: It might be difficult to get back into a routine if you’re grieving. But you’ve got to understand that life has to go on. Keeping a routine that keeps you busy can keep you distracted. Plus, the sense of accomplishment that you’ll get by completing your tasks will also help you feel better.

5. Indulge in a hobby: Again, a great way to distract yourself from the pain and boost your mood. Do something that feels therapeutic. Cooking, walking, drawing-do whatever makes you feel better.

6. Exercise and eat well: Eating healthy ensures you get proper nutrition, which will help your body recover from the stress and distress you’ve been through. It’ll also make you feel more energetic and help kick away the fatigue that kicks in when you’re grieving or simply lost in your thoughts. Additionally, exercising as mild as a slow walk for 30 minutes will also help you boost your mood and feel better.

7. Don’t refrain from reaching out for help: If after 6 months of the loss and grieving, you still get PTSD symptoms like flashes, panic attacks, uncontrolled crying, poor sleep, thoughts of self-harm, please connect with a mental health professional.

Someone in the Family Covid-19 Positive? Here Are 8 Steps to Protect Yourself

It gives us the chills to even think what will happen if someone in our own family tests positive for covid-19 positive. This thought just blocks our mind’s ability to respond clearly because we know how tricky such a situation can be.

Due to the major spike in coronavirus cases in India, things are even murkier than before. The unavailability of beds, doctors, and attendants are infrastructural issues that can give anyone nightmares.

The good news is that after analyzing the situation, the government has allowed home isolation for the people who are showing very mild symptoms of covid-19. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most of these patients will be able to recover without medical assistance. Having said that, there are cases that have worsened due to a lack of proper assistance and precaution.

There is another major problem which is that there is close proximity to the infected person. Undoubtedly, it can increase the chances of spreading this infection.

According to Dr. Vikrant Shah, intensivist and infectious disease specialist at Zen Multispeciality Hospital, Mumbai, this is one of the main causes of the spike in the cases of coronavirus.

So, how can you plan to minimize the risk of the spread of this novel virus? Well, here’s what Dr. Shah advises:

Here are eight things that you must keep in mind if someone in your family is a covid-19 patient:

“There are no doubts that it depends from case to case but precautions need to be taken otherwise you or someone in your family might get contaminated by this virus. And according to me, this is what you need to do” said Dr. Shah.

1. Isolate the person immediately

“As soon as you get to know that the person is showing symptoms of COVID-19, whether mild or not, the first thing that you need to do is isolate the person there and then”, says Dr. Shah.

But you can stay connected with the patient via technology using video calls and by playing online games so that you can support them emotionally.

2. There has to be only one dedicated caregiver

According to Dr. Shah, you need to pick a person who can take care of the patient and has good immunity. “That one person will be the only one attending to the patient. In fact, the caregiver should also stay in isolation from the rest of the family as he/she is in close contact with the patient”, he says.

3. Use disposable utensils for patient

“If you’ll clean the utensils used by your entire family along with the ones used by the patient in the same kitchen then there are higher chances of you getting infected. It is always better to get disposable utensils so that patients can use them and dispose them in a bin”, Dr. Shah suggested.

4. Wear proper gloves to dispose of the items used by the patient

This one is especially for those who are caring for the patient. If you are disposing of anything or touching anything in the room occupied by the patient, you must wear gloves and disinfect them.

5. Don’t share a bathroom with the patient

“Bathrooms are the most vulnerable place in the home and this is where you can catch the COVID-19 infection. Therefore, it is very important to have separate bathrooms for the patient and for the rest of the family”, says Dr. Shah.

6. Keep checking your temperature

Dr. Shah advises, “Everyone in your family should check their temperature and oxygen level two to three times a day.”

7. Be more careful about the elderly

We all know that the elderly and children are the most vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2. Dr. Shah says, “If possible, you should send your parents to your relatives’ place to avoid any contact with the infected person. Moreover, make sure that where your parents are lodging is also a coronavirus-free place, and everyone there has been tested negative for COVID-19.”

8. Disinfect the room and the surrounding area daily

“Just dilute sodium hypochlorite in the proportion of 1:10 (1 part sodium hypochlorite and 10 parts water) and spray it all over the room of the patient and the surrounding area. You can use the same to disinfect in the washrooms as well. Please ensure that you wear proper gloves while spraying the solution as it can give you rashes if it splashes onto you”, he says.

“Apart from that, simple things like staying hydrated, consuming vitamin C in natural forms like lemon and sweet lime, and taking proper sleep is a must for all the family members so that their body can stay strong”, he concluded.

Well, it seems that once someone in your family is detected COVID-19 positive, it takes a lot to ensure that the other members stay away from this infection but it isn’t anything too difficult.

If it strikes you or your loved ones, you know how to tackle it.

Here’s How to Tame Panic and Anxiety in Difficult Times

Don’t stand too close”… “Did that person just `cough?”…

Anxiety is a mental health concern wherein an individual experiences excessive worry about a variety of topics, events, or activities. Given the nature of the disorder, a pandemic crisis will impact those with anxiety.

For those struggling with anxiety, in particular, GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder), it is the uncertainty and elevated chances of negative outcomes that are primary triggers.

Furthermore, it is the difficulty in trusting those around us that further drives the anxious thoughts. “Are they being honest about their travel?”, “Do they actually sanitize regularly?”, “Are they taking the healthcare guidelines seriously?”. These and many more questions like these haunt those struggling with anxiety.

Individuals who are triggered might experience panic attacks and anxiety attacks. In an attempt to control the contamination, they can develop obsessive-compulsive behaviors and experience mood swings as a by-product of their anxiety.

Below are a few simple steps to assist with anxiety triggers:

1. Try identifying the anxious thought

Label it as anxiety and not fact. This is the first step to move past it.

2. Filter your social media

I understand that during this uncertain time being abreast of the current happenings is key, however, understand the impact of the constant flux of news is having on you.

Ensure that you get your news from verified sources and remember WhatsApp is not a verified source. Being in a negative headspace can have an impact on your immunity. Therefore, it is important to attempt to manage your anxious thoughts.

3. Focus on the things you do know

For example: “I know that the virus is not lethal for everyone and taking basic precautions can help prevent contamination”. Focus on the facts.

4. Change your focus

Watch something that you find relaxing, go for a walk (this could just be under your building if nothing else), and spend time playing board games. Distract yourself.

5. Speak to your psychologist

If you are worried about going to the clinic, request Skype or Zoom sessions.

Anxiety craves stability and with life, the only constant changes, therefore moving towards acceptance of this situation will help reduce overall Anxiety. For those who are living with people who struggle with anxiety, try to display patience and empathy as it is hard to manage anxiety.

Is Your Parents Covid Anxiety Getting Worse? These 4 Effective Tips Can Help

Covid-19 has shaken up our lives in more ways than one. Never could we have imagined being cooped up in our homes for months on end to stay safe from a deadly virus. In the last few months, everything has changed-whether it is the way we live, learn and work, and this has really taken a toll on our mental health and well-being.

If you live with senior citizen parents, you know how this pandemic has been particularly hard for them. For one, they are at high risk of contracting the infection because of their age. And in case they suffer from underlying conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or even osteoporosis, the risk increases by leaps and bounds.

That’s why it is important to reassure them that they are not alone, and these tough times will eventually pass. Sometimes, it can get really difficult, but during this time they need more attention and care than they have ever needed. So, have some patience, don’t lose your cool, and help them deal with this pandemic through your support.

Without further ado, let’s discuss a few tips on how you can help your parents navigate their anxiety during these times:

1. Give them the right information

When it comes to information about coronavirus, there is an overload today. One doesn’t even know if the news that’s circulating around is real or fake, and that’s the biggest problem. And since most of our parents spend a lot of time on Whatsapp, they end up believing all the forwards that are being passed on from one group to another.

Sit down and help them with sources that do not spread wrong information. But remember one thing, the information must help them make informed choices, and not make them negative.

Moreover, help them to get away from watching the news all the time. It’s going to have a detrimental impact on their mental health.

2. Push them to take a break from social media

Without even realizing it, we spend too much time aimlessly scrolling on social media and absorb all kinds of information. And more often than not, we come across the same posts on various pages. Unfortunately, this information triggers fear and uncertainty, and that’s not good at all!

3. Encourage self-care

Since your parents’ mental health is at stake, it is important to educate them about the importance of self-care. Spending time at home need not be boring at all-how about giving them a nice relaxing head massage, or playing a game of ludo with them? If they are unwilling to spend time by themselves, involve them in fun activities where you engage with each other as a family. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

4. Help them make a routine

It can get a little too overwhelming, especially when things are all over the place, and your parents don’t have a structure or a routine. Help them make a schedule, encourage them to exercise a little (even if it’s at home), and practice medication. In no time will they feel more in control of themselves.

Remember, these are hard times, but we are all in this together!

Speed Up Your Weight Loss Journey With These 5 Best Crawling Exercises

Do you think crawling is for babies? Looks like it’s time to burst that bubble and reveal that it can lead to some major weight loss for you. Not to mention, when you crawl muscle strengthening and flexibility is also up for grabs. That’s because crawling exercises work on your entire body in one go.

Crawling exercises are not very different from what we see babies doing. But of course, there is a proper technique and posture that you have to follow to reap some weight loss benefits.

Here are five crawling exercises you can do to shed those kilos from the most intricate areas of your body:

1. Baby crawl: This exercise is basically for those who are trying their hands on crawling exercises for the very first time. Here you just have to replicate how a baby crawls and you are good to go. This baby crawl helps in relaxing all your muscles and is a great way to do pre-workout stretch.

2. Bear crawl: When you are done warming up with the baby crawl then try this one. This crawling exercise like one level one from the baby crawls. To do this, start from a position where your hips are high up as compared to a push-up position with both knees slightly bent. In this crawl, both your arms and legs will move simultaneously. If you want to flex your upper arms and hamstrings then bear crawl is a great way to do it.

3. Sideways crawl: We only focus on moving backwards and forward. Due to this, the sides remain unattended and end up storing cellulite. That’s why a sideways crawl is required. The only difference here is that you have to move once to the left and once to the right. This crawl will help you reduce your muffin top, shape up your butt, and will also burn fat from the inner thigh area.

4. Lizard crawl: Now, this is an advanced-level crawl. This one works in two ways: One, it will help you burn fat; and two, it will also help you gain muscle strength.

To do this crawl, begin in the bear crawl position. While you bring your foot forward, you should drop your chest and hips so that they almost reach the ground (like a low-plank). As opposed to simultaneously moving your foot and hand, you should move your foot first and afterwards your hand.

This crawl is similar to what you must have seen army cadets doing in an obstacle course.

5. Backwards crawl: This variant might sound and look easy but maintaining the crawling movement while moving backwards is a big task. There are many muscles that remain untouched while doing forward crawls like quads, calves, forearms, and triceps. To make them work hard, you need a backwards crawl.

You can either do a bear crawl or baby crawl but here you have to move backwards.

Doing crawls for 30-minutes daily (i.e. 5 minutes for each crawl) is a great way to warm your body up. Plus, your muscles also become ready to do some serious weight lifting. As your muscles are already geared up, there are less chances of injury. Another benefit is that it is a very low impact exercise, so your knees and joints are intact too.

So, it’s time to rejig your cardio routine with these crawling exercises. Try it for a month and revive your body.

Struggling With Anxiety and Depression? These 3 Exercises Will Keep Symptoms at Bay

Depression and anxiety are real. And for most people, it is so bad that getting out of bed becomes a challenge. Doing daily activities is a huge struggle, that’s why exercising when you are depressed or anxious will never even cross your mind. But guess what? Exercise can play a significant role in managing your symptoms, and in turn, improving your mental health.

“The body is the mind and the mind is the body. When you take care of yourself, you are helping the whole system,” says Ben Michaelis, Ph.D., an evolutionary clinical psychologist and author of Your Next Big Thing: 10 Small Steps to Get Moving and Get Happy.

Research suggests that adults should get a standard 150 minutes to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise every week. Some exercises help your mental health more than others, that’s why it is important to make them a part of your routine.

So without further ado, let’s learn about these exercises:

1. Running: We’ve all heard that running is the best exercise for physical health, but it is equally beneficial for your mental health. For starters, it can help you burn calories, reduce food cravings, and lower your risk for heart disease. According to a 2014 study, running for just five minutes a day might help you live longer.

It’s also known to improve your mental health in a variety of ways. That’s because running causes lasting changes in the feel-good neurotransmitters, serotonin, and norepinephrine, both during and after exercise.

In a 2006 review published in the Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience, researchers found evidence that exercise can work in a similar way to antidepressants. Now that’s a great sign! It also helps to induce sleep in some people, and that’s especially helpful for insomniacs.

2. Hiking: Exercising outdoors is considered great for both physical and mental health, and that’s exactly why hiking is a part of this list. Nature is said to have a calming effect on the mind, and research goes on to show that it actually reduces anxiety and slows depression.

In a 2009 study published in Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, Japanese researchers sent participants for hiking. Those who had taken a 20-minute hike had lower stress hormone levels.

There’s another 2015 study published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning that found that when adults went on a 50-minute nature hike, their anxiety levels were much lower, and they had improved memory function.

3. Yoga: This list is incomplete without the mention of yoga. We all know how this exercise rejuvenates the body, mind, and soul, and it’s true in every sense of the word. In a 2007 study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, all the participants who had gone for yoga classes saw improved anxiety levels, as well as fewer symptoms of depression, anxiety, and anger.

That’s not all another research study published in Alternative Medicine Review found out a significant reduction in stress and anxiety symptoms after starting yoga.

“The great thing about yoga is that besides the stretching and core strengthening, there is a tremendous focus on breathing, which helps to slow down and calm the mind,” says Michaelis.

So, practice these exercises and keep anxiety and depression at bay!

Bad Day? Here Are 4 Easy Ways to Boost Your Mood in Under a Minute

Everyone goes through tough days once in a while. It could range from stress at work to heartbreak in your personal life. When you’re feeling low, you barely want to get out of bed or do anything. Spending your time thinking about the things pulling your mood down eventually causes you to feel progressively worse and at times, even causes mental fatigue.

Before the low mood takes over your day, it is very important to look at the positive ways of overcoming negative emotions. No matter what is pulling you down, you have to take conscious steps to boost your mood and ensure you’re doing what makes you feel better.

Here are four ways in which you can bust a bad mood in less than a minute:

1. Eat chocolate

Chocolate is comfort food for many and science supports the fact that it can actually improve mood. A study conducted by the Center for Human Pharmacology at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia confirmed this. So, chew on some chocolate square when you’re feeling down.

2. Make a quick gratitude list

Even on the worst days, we all have something to be thankful for. It could be a beloved pet, memories from a vacation, or even a well-made cup of coffee in the morning. When you’re feeling down, it is important to just write down a couple of things that you’re thankful for. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness.”

3. Visualise what you want

Take one whole minute to let your mind wander and visualise your ideal scenario. Be it personal or professional, we all have certain ideas of how we want things to be. When you’re feeling down, just take one minute to visualise how great it would be to have everything you want. This will actually motivate you to work towards your goals apart from providing you with a mental break from the negative emotions you’re going through.

4. Light an aromatic candle

Much like food, there are certain smells that can be very comforting. Light aromatic candles or incense when you’re feeling low and you’ll observe your mood getting better as the smell fills the room. In fact, research published in the journal Physiology & Behaviour notes that the odour of lavender and orange can be particularly helpful is uplifting one’s mood.

So, don’t let anything pull you down. Take active steps to uplift your mood and uplift yourself!

Give That Water Bottle a Rest! 5 Signs That You’re Drinking Too Much Water

Are you sipping on water even when you’re not thirsty? Well, that means you’re overhydrating yourself. You see, feeling thirsty is your body’s way of telling you that you need to hydrate yourself. But, going overboard with fluid consumption will do more harm than good which defeats the very purpose of consuming all that extra water.

All celebs, friends, and family members recommend that you drink as much water as possible throughout the day. What no one bothers telling you is exactly how much is too much? According to a study published in the journal Nutrition, overhydration can mess up with your health to an extent that you won’t be able to sustain certain nutrients and minerals inside your body. Needless to say, this can result in deficiencies and related health ailments.

So, how do you get to know that you’re overhydrating yourself? Well, here are 5 signs to look out for:

1. Fatigue:  Water helps in maintaining the body’s electrolyte balance. Electrolytes basically help in keeping our energy levels high. If you drink too much water, this balance goes for a toss, making you feel tired and drowsy.

Do you know that the most common electrolyte imbalance is called hyponatremia characterized by low sodium in the blood? Most of the symptoms of overhydration occur due to this.

2. Clear urine: Clinical nutritionist, Lovneet Batra suggests that the best way to check the hydration level of your body is to check the colour of your urine. If it is dark yellow, you are dehydrated. However, if it is very light yellow, your hydration level is fine. When it is crystal clear just like water, you are overhydrated.

According to Amreen Shaikh, head dietician and nutritionist, Wockhardt Hospital, Mumbai, a key symptom of overhydration is frequent urination. What’s more, it might cause you to wake up multiple times during the night to answer nature’s call. This will not only disrupt your sleep cycle but also flush out important minerals from your body.

3. Muscle cramps: Do you know that your muscles need sodium to stay strong? A lack of it can lead to muscle weakness, spasms, and cramps. Drinking too much water is one of the prime causes of the deficiency of sodium.

When you drink too much water the sodium in your blood gets diluted. It ends up getting flushed out of your body via sweat and urine which can result in a deficiency.

4. Swollen lips, face, and legs: Ms. Shaikh suggests that a low level of sodium in the blood leads to this. If you eat a salty diet, experiencing bloating is normal. But, low levels of sodium cause the cells of your body to retain more water. Due to this, your lips, face, and legs end up looking swollen.

5. Headache:  Here another symptom of overhydration caused due to low sodium in the body. You know that your body cells tend to swell up due to a decline in sodium levels. This also leads to major fluid retention in your brain. Due to the swelling up of the cells, you experience a throbbing headache.

Too much of anything is bad. The same goes for water! So, keep a watch on your water levels and don’t go overboard.