Is It Possible to Overdo New Year’s Resolutions for Health?

As we welcome a new year, we often make resolutions to be in better health, to lose weight or to exercise more.  Is it possible for us to overdo these resolutions?  The answer is actually quite scary!

A popular activity during January is to detox our bodies, especially if we feel we overdid the goodies at Christmas!  A detox can be anything from eating more fruit and veg, to drinking more water, or even abstaining from solid foods!  There are several forms of detox which are perfectly safe, but did you know it is possible to put your life at risk when you think you are doing it good?

One popular trend for detoxing is to flush out toxins by drinking lots of water.  We all know that we should aim to consume around 1.5-2 litres per day, and slightly more if we are exercising hard.  Some detox diets however, aim to get you to drink as much as 4 litres of water in any given day.  This can be disastrous for your health, and can even end with a spell in hospital!  If we increase the amount we are drinking by that much in a short time, our bodies will soon end up running low on salts and other minerals which are essential to our health.  If you are planning to drink more water as a new year’s health kick, please remember to do so gradually and build up the amount you drink, especially if you do not currently drink as much as 2 litres per day.  Suddenly taking on much more water will put your body into a shock and it won’t be able to manage the new volume without causing some harm.