8 Harmless Products That Ruin Your Health If You Overdose on Them
Everyone knows that any food and any drug can be helpful only if you don’t eat or take too much of it. And if you do, the consequences could be terrible.
Today, Bright Side made a compilation of popular foods and found out which ones can damage your health if you eat too much of them.
In 2013, a young man from the US made a bet that he could drink a bottle (around 33 oz) of soy sauce. He had a seizure and lost consciousness. Doctors diagnosed him with severe dehydration and an excessive amount of sodium. This imbalance is dangerous because it can cause a stroke.
In 2014, a 56-year-old man was hospitalized with kidney failure caused by drinking too much cold tea. As it turned out, he drank around 16 cups per day that led to these terrible consequences. His kidneys were damaged by oxalate — a chemical that is present in black tea. In order to avoid these consequences, you shouldn’t drink more than 6 cups of black tea per day.
If you eat a little nutmeg, it’s perfectly safe, but if you eat more than 2 tbsp, it can cause hallucinations.
At the beginning of the 90s, all tubes of toothpaste said: “Don’t swallow, don’t use more than a pea-size.” Swallowing a huge amount of fluoride-free toothpaste will most likely just lead to an upset stomach. However, if you swallow a lot of fluoride-containing toothpaste, it can be very dangerous, especially for a child’s body because fluoride is toxic and can cause dizziness, stomachache, and even death.
Sweet sodas contain a lot of sugar. And sugar is the worst ingredient. According to the latest information, the lethal dose of sugar is 0.5 oz for 1 lb of body weight. So, an average male has to drink 784 oz of soda in order to get poisoned.
Many people know that eating a lot of tuna can be dangerous, but few people know what “a lot” really means. Some kinds of tuna contain more mercury than others. So, if a person’s weight is 150 lbs, then they shouldn’t eat more than 0.3 lbs of tuna per 9 days.
Ointment for muscles
This kind of ointment relieves muscle pain, but you shouldn’t use it very often. Despite the fact that it is meant for external use, the methyl salicylate that these ointments contain penetrates the body through the pores and can lead to dangerous consequences.
Eating just 0.1 lbs of licorice within 2 weeks can lead to heart problems. The problem is, licorice contains glycyrrhizin — a chemical that leads to a decrease in potassium levels. When the potassium level decreases, your blood pressure can increase which can lead to heart failure.
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Illustrated by Alena Sofronova for BrightSide.me