Avoid These Big Mistakes When Drinking Water

Tired of hearing conflicting information about how much water you should drink? Watch this video to learn about some common myths surrounding drinking water and what the truth really is.

0:00 Introduction: Common myths about water
0:11 Myth #1 Once you feel thirsty, dehydration has already set in
1:07 Myth #2 Drink water until your urine is clear
1:44 Myth #3 Stay hydrated with water to feel full and reduce food intake
2:05 Myth #4 Drinking more water will flush out toxins
2:17 Myth #5 Water will prevent dehydration
3:06 Myth #6 You need to drink more water
3:51 Myth #7 Drink water right before you eat
4:14 Other key points about water consumption
5:42 How much water should you drink?

In this video, I'm going to debunk some popular myths about water and provide you with the truth behind each one.

Myth #1: Once you feel thirsty, dehydration has already set in
Truth: While feeling thirsty is a sign that your body needs more fluids, it does not necessarily mean you are dehydrated. Your body is designed to give you signals when you need more water, so just drink when you feel thirsty.

Myth #2: Drink water until your urine is clear
Truth: Your urine should be a pale straw color or light yellow. If it's too clear, it means you are overhydrated; if it is too dark, it could indicate a potential health issue with your liver or kidneys.

Myth #3: Drink water to feel full and reduce food intake
Truth: While replacing sugary drinks with water can help you lose weight, drinking more water does not directly lead to fat loss.

Myth #4: Drinking more water will flush out toxins
Truth: Most toxins are fat-soluble and are not flushed out by drinking water alone. The body has its own detoxification system, so just focus on staying hydrated instead of trying to "detox" with excessive water intake.

Myth #5: Water will prevent dehydration
Truth: While it is true that hydration is vital for overall health, simply drinking water will not prevent dehydration. Other factors, such as electrolytes play an important role in preventing dehydration.

Myth #6: Drink more water
Truth: Drinking massive amounts of water can lead to imbalances in the body. Certain situations will call for more water intake—just don't overdo it. If you're prone to kidney stones, you need at least 2.5 liters of fluid per day

Myth #7: Drink water right before you eat
Truth: Drinking water before meals is fine, but it may cause discomfort for individuals who experience heartburn or bloating.

A few more key points to remember:
• If you're prone to kidney stones, consider adding lemon to your water.
• Add a little bit of baking soda to your water if you experience gout symptoms.
• The keto flu or fatigue experienced by some individuals on a keto diet is often due to not consuming enough electrolytes with their water, specifically salt.
• Proper hydration is vital for kidney health, but drinking more water won't cleanse or "flush out" the kidneys.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full-time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, prescription, or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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Thanks for watching! Listen to your body's thirst signals, and remember, there is no one-size-fits-all answer for how much water you should drink. I'll see you in the next video!

Dave McKinnon

  • @mahdi7299 says:

    00:00 🚱 Thirst is a reliable indicator for water intake; the idea that you must drink before feeling thirsty is a myth. Brain damage, autoimmune conditions, or low salt intake may affect thirst perception.
    01:08 🚰 Clear urine is not optimal; it should be slightly straw-colored. Too clear or too dark urine may indicate issues with hydration or potential liver problems.
    01:51 🤔 Drinking more water won’t directly aid weight loss; replacing sugary drinks with water helps, but water itself doesn’t burn fat.
    02:18 💧 Drinking water doesn’t effectively flush out toxins; most toxins are fat-soluble and remain in fat cells. Hydration requires not just water but also electrolytes and sea salt.
    03:27 ⚖ Hydration needs balance; excessive water intake can dilute essential minerals, leading to hyponatremia. Listen to your body’s thirst signals, especially during specific activities or conditions.
    04:22 🍽 Drinking water right before meals may exacerbate acid indigestion; individuals with kidney stones should consume at least 2.5 liters of fluid daily.
    04:49 🍋 For gout, add baking soda to water to alkalize; for kidney stones, consider lemon water to bind citrates with oxalates and prevent their formation.
    05:30 🤯 Flushing kidneys with excess water doesn’t purify them; it only makes them work harder. Certain foods, like vegetables and meat, contribute to water intake.
    06:29 💦 Individual water needs vary; forcing excessive water intake is unnecessary. Thirst levels can be influenced by conditions like diabetes or hypercalcemia, leading to increased urination.

  • @MannyKings-25 says:

    Water is essential. Thank for the info. Dr. Berg

  • @mekman4 says:

    Thank you.

  • @gutmicrobiomequeen says:

    I once saw a patient who developed several nutritional deficiencies out of the blue- he hadn’t changed his diet at all. Turns out he was drinking 1/2 a gallon of water at every meal in an effort to be “healthy” and stay hydrated. I told him to stop doing that and his deficiencies resolved 🤪

    • @michaelconnor1542 says:

      I remember the story from the UK(if memory serves). A teen literally liquefied her internal organs she drank so much water.

    • @333333joshua says:

      I am drinking 3 liters of water a day. I don’t know what has or will happen to me.

      But. I think I have gastritis so I’m just trying to heal my stomach the only way I know how

    • @spidavenom4 says:

      Sounds like he wasn’t eating any nutrient dense food either nor taking his supplements. There’s a lot more people with problems from drinking too little water than drinking too much. Let’s not get it twisted

    • @jonlobov1249 says:

      Water is important because the main way your body secretes acids is either through exhaling or your kidneys (less water less acid excretion )
      You can drink lots of water, just add mineral drops

    • @SpamMouse says:

      @@michaelconnor1542 There was a girl that was taking illegal drugs that died from excess water, caused her brain to swell.

  • @charlieinslidell says:

    Drink when thirsty. Imagine living in a world in which people need to be told when to drink water. What a time to live.

  • @michaelconnor1542 says:

    Dr Berg. First thank you. This is quite helpful.
    I work outside. Nearly 30years.
    Often after a long hot day. I am incredibly thirsty. When this happens, neither water nor restorative drinks, such as Gatorade or my preference Body Armor(no sugar added), will bring it under control.
    The only thing that seems to work, is a glass of milk, not gulped, but deliberately drunk over several minutes.
    I have always assumed that I am sweating something that needs restoring, but am not sure what exactly.

    • @cavernicola40 says:

      Milk has a lot of the best electrolytes. Potassium sodium and calcium. There’s information around on how milk is the best rehydrating drink.

  • @murphsviews says:

    A few years ago my elderly father had to be admitted to hospital twice in a few weeks, because his stools got so rock-hard he wasn’t able to pass them, and because he had diverticula disease, he started bleeding rectally, and was in so much pain we had to call an ambulance, and the 2nd time he was in the hospital for this I just happened to watch one of your previous videos, on how drinking too much water (without adding electrolytes) could make your stools hard (because the electrolytes are needed to soften the stools) and for some reason he had decided to drink way more water than usual for the previous few weeks (he would fill up a jug each day and try to drink all that), so I told him what you’d said in the video, and he went back to just drinking when thirsty, and he hasn’t had that issue again in the 3 or 4 years since.

    So during that period of drinking way more than usual he had to be admitted to hospital twice (2nd time there he got c-diff and had to be put in isolation, and he ended up in the hospital for like 2 weeks), while he hasn’t had that issue before or since, when drinking his usual amount (which isn’t much!)

    Given his age (late 80’s) and how much those visits and experiences knocked him around, it’s not necessarily an exaggeration to say that those videos of yours I watched could have saved his life.

    I highly doubt we ever would have worked out it was the extra water that caused his issues had I not happened to watch those videos, and it could have just kept happening. 🙌

  • @Joyfulkatz says:

    Totally make sense!! Thank you for clarifying these myths! ❤

  • @Togglefree says:

    This sure does clarify things. Thanks!!

  • @a.williams45 says:

    Great insightful information. Thank you, Dr Berg 🙏🏻

  • @MarieWilliams027 says:

    Wonderful explanation. Everything makes sense. Thanks, Dr Berg 👍🏻❤

  • @SunraeSkatimunggr says:

    I know that sometimes if you feel hungry (and you have already eaten) it’s because you are thirsty. I went through this myself, until I started intermittent fasting and taught my system the difference over time.

  • @user-lb6dh4xd9p says:

    Thank you for your sharing this ❤❤❤

  • @experimenthealthyketo83 says:

    I used to have acid reflux even from drinking a small of water…Thanks to your videos I was able to pull myself out of this situation!!

  • @martagobbi4792 says:

    You’re a genius, Dr Berg! Thank you for all your detailed advice

  • @rebeccadunn2483 says:

    Thanks Doc!! Had huge kidney stone! They ran bag after bag of pure water thru me, made me miserable!! I now drink lemon in my water! Thanks for letting me know. I’m doing the right thing!

  • @jasminyulo4713 says:

    Thank you for sharing your Wisdom Dr. Berg🙏

  • @user-be3qq5ek1f says:

    In our house, one of our relatives had kidney stones. Her doctor advised her to drink more water to assist in thinning of kidney stones.

  • @user-yq9lt8jn6r says:

    Thank you Dr Berg for sharing this video. May God blessed you and your family!

  • @OleFalla says:

    This doctor needs to be cloned and put into every medical school to re-educate doctors with correct information about health.
    He is brilliant, and a gem of a person to anyone with common sense about how to improve their health in a sustained way.
    I just love learning from his simple to understand videos.. I respect this man immensely. 👍👍👍👍👍

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