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Teen's death raises question about overhydration

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

The death of a Georgia teen after reportedly drinking too much water prompts questions about staying safe in the heat.

When 17-year-old Zyrees Oliver started feeling cramps while at football practice last week, family members say he drank two gallons of water and two gallons of a sports drink. After practice, the teen collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. There, doctors say Oliver suffered severe swelling around his brain from over-hydration and placed him on life support. Oliver's family decided to take him off life support Monday.

So just how much is too much?

"That's the thing, there's so many things that need to be considered," Shawn Taylor said.

Taylor is a personal trainer in Cape Girardeau who says fluids are important but how and what you drink can make a difference.

"If you're drinking water, water, water, that's your first mistake right there," Taylor said.

Too much water at one time can dilute your body's sodium levels which could already by low because of what you lose through sweat.

Taylor said its all about listening to your body and finding a balance.

"If you don't drink enough that could be a problem and if you drink too much in a short amount of time," said Taylor.

The Mayo Clinic's website says symptoms of overhydration include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Confusion
  • Loss of energy and fatigue
  • Restlessness and irritability
  • Muscle weakness, spasms or cramps
  • Seizures
  • Coma

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