Some Unexpected Food Items That You May Have Overdosed On

  • Jan 12 , 2018

On hearing the word overdose, the first thing that strikes your mind is the picture of a drug addict. But are you aware of the fact that not only the street drugs or the abuse of prescription medications that can affect the body and can cause death or damage? Substances which you consume every day that are considered healthy or harmless can also result in poison when misused.

Given below is the list of such unexpected things which are not illegal drugs and you may have overdosed upon them at some point.

Soya Sauce

Soya sauce is made from a high amount of salt, the fermented paste of soybeans, and a specific type of roasted, mold grain. It is always recommended by the doctors not to have too much of soya sauce while having Chinese food or soups.

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Hypernatremia is a condition when your blood’s concentration of salt shoots up beyond a certain level. Too much consumption of soya sauce results in such a condition in which water is drawn from all parts of the organs and tissues including the brain, in an attempt to lower the concentration of salt in the blood. When excess water is drawn out of your brain, it shrinks and starts bleeding. It also results in a coma before death.

Toothpaste

Too much of toothpaste can have an adverse effect because it contains fluoride which is extremely poisonous compound when consumed above a safe level. The fluoride compound also has the ability to protect them from cavities and strengthen your teeth against bacterial acid.

Because of this poisonous compound, it is mandated by the FDA to print a label with a message not to swallow it and use only a pea-sized amount for children below 6 years. Remember, a single tube of toothpaste contains enough of a fluoride compound to kill a child weighing less than 30 kg of weight. Accidental ingestion of toothpaste will result in nothing but only cause mild to moderate stomach upset and soapy burps later.

Tea

According to the Havard School of Public Health, consuming more than 4 cups of tea every day is harmful to your body. This is because tea leaves contain an oxalate compound which is known to irritate and clog your kidney. Too much of oxalate can lead to kidney failure.

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Muscle Cream

Muscle creams are only meant to be applied to the external surface of your body. It helps in providing relief from pains and aches, but too much of it can have adverse consequences.

The main constituent found in muscles creams is methyl salicylate which is an anti-inflammatory substance that soothes sore muscles. Although the cream is applied topically, it enters your body through the pores. Excessive use of muscles cream results in death.

Vitamins

Two types of vitamins are available, namely water soluble and fat soluble. Water-soluble vitamins are easily flushed out of your body by the kidney. So the excess of water-soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C are safe for your body.

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Fat-soluble vitamins like vitamins A, D, E and K gets deposited in your body’s fat stores and can cause cancers as well as other serious health problems.