Is drinking a lot of water healthy or not? Here’s what you should know.

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0:00 Introduction: Should you drink more water or not?
0:20 Does water hydrate you?
1:10 Hyponatremia
4:55 Can you die from drinking too much water?
5:47 Drinking water to prevent kidney stones
6:42 Make sure you can always find unfiltered health information by signing up for my newsletter!

Is drinking a lot of water good for you? Let’s talk about it.

I’m not against drinking water. I drink about two and a half liters of water every day.

However, water doesn’t actually hydrate you—it may even dehydrate you. There is even such a thing as water intoxication, also known as water poisoning or overhydration.

Specific proteins allow water to go into your cells with the help of electrolytes. When you drink excessive amounts of water without electrolytes, you dilute the body’s electrolytes—mainly sodium. Hyponatremia is a condition where a person has low sodium levels in the blood.

Symptoms of hyponatremia can include:
• Muscle weakness
• Headache
• Nausea
• Confusion
• Irritability
• Cramping
• Brain swelling

Common causes of hyponatremia:
• Exercising
• Addison’s disease
• Drinking alcohol
• A hypothyroid condition
• Diuretics
• Diabetes
• Diarrhea
• Vomiting
• Excessive sweating
• Certain medications

Infants are also susceptible to hyponatremia.

There have actually been deaths caused by people drinking about six liters of water within a three-hour period.

On the flip side, if you’re susceptible to kidney stones, you should drink at least two and a half liters of fluid a day.

I think two to two and a half liters of fluid a day is reasonable. If you’re exercising, it’s important to make sure you don’t drink too much water without electrolytes, causing hyponatremia.

If you use an electrolyte powder in your water when exercising, make sure it’s a sports version with plenty of sodium or take sodium with it.

Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 58, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis and 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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Thanks for watching! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the dangers of drinking too much water. I’ll see you in the next video.

Dave McKinnon

  • Michele McNeill says:

    Years ago I was told by my doctor I was drinking too much water. I had alkalalosis and was constantly thirsty.

  • davidtsw says:

    Yup, this has happened to me. I kept drinking a lot of water cause I always felt dehydrated and thirsty but it never worked and I ended up peeing most of it out anyway. Switched to coconut water and drinks with electrolytes and damn, what a difference. I feel like this liquid is now staying in me rather than passing through me.

    • Madd World says:

      Same with me too and then you dilute the good things. I have to go #1 continually if I drink water & that’s terrible if you’re not at home to take your bathroomtrips

    • Denise Gibson says:

      Electrolytes are the key. Even water with a little salt works. I drink that first thing.

    • Madd World says:

      @Denise Gibson I really don’t know how much hymalayan salt to take, I just use a few pinches early morning but I use it in my eggs or oatmeal for breakfast too

    • nic pace says:

      ​@Madd Worldi thought its just me. If i drink, i go do no 1 10-15 mins after and just tiring going to the toilet. If i dont drink i get dysuria, quite annoying to just stay balancedm

    • Avarysse says:

      @Denise Gibson In the FL heat my husband golfs & was having a problem with stamina by the end & the next morning before he left I made him drink 2 large pinchesof pink salt in some water – he complained & said he drinks alot of water out there.. but he came home shocked that he wasn’t worn out & playing poorly. Now he asks me to make it for him.

  • Zari Mohammadi Nia says:

    Grateful, dear Dr. Berg. You declared many truths, I didn’t know.🙏

  • Joseph Burns says:

    For the last 1-1/2 years, on your healthy keto, I’ve been drinking on average between 8 and 12 bottles of (16 oz) spring water with a scoop of your electrolyte powder in each bottle and it makes me feel good, of course I work very hard out doors/physical activities, so I need it. Also, I have only been eating OMAD for the last 6 months without snacking throughout the day. It took a lot of self-discipline to get where I’m now. Thank you, Dr. Berg, for your knowledge and wisdom!!!

  • MythSlasher says:

    about 20 years ago i watched a documentary about a guy who was lost out in a wooded area in the sweltering heat, he had plenty of water to drink from a stream but he drank so much that he was delirious from ‘washing’ all the salts out of his body

    • Nabiyah1 says:

      That’s because the water was low in minerals. Proper Sodium & Water balance eliminates that problem. Hyponatremia (what the guy in the documentary experienced) can be worse than dehydration.

    • Manny K says:

      Does drinking ocean water help?

  • Hoof Hearted Ice Melted says:

    In times of old they used to call the study of the body’s minerals “alchemy” but it’s not occult practice to monitor your minerals via hair mineral analysis for instance. This way you can administer minerals via specific foods and address the imbalance thus regaining health and well-being. Which leads to Dr Berg. This gentleman is well practiced in restoring minerals in the body. I tell anyone who will listen, “Dr Berg” cleared up my heart palpitations so quick. He’s the genuine article. His work speaks for itself. Thanks Dr Berg.

  • Dominic Davison says:

    Important video. British actor Anthony Andrews survived water intoxication. He consumed up to eight litres of water a day. He was unconscious and in intensive care for three days.

  • P Brooks says:

    I learned this in high school phys ed. Our education system has gone downhill. Thanks Dr. Berg.

    • Alien Soup says:

      Pronouns and sexual diversity is more important. You don’t need to know anything else because the government will take care of you – but only if you do as they say.

    • J Love says:

      Pardon me Zir, they made a comment to they good Zir, so zip it..

    • Michael A says:

      I don’t know what people expect when they receive their education from their enemy (government school). You’re supposed to go through school simply so you can have a better paying career than those who don’t. None of it is about getting a proper education.

    • Fran Batista says:

      @Alien Soupit’s a conspiracy and it’s lengths is deep

  • David says:

    They had a competition on the radio to see who could drink the most water. Well, this lady called in to participate and she ended up drinking a whole gallon at one time.
    Well this killed her. So your right Doc. You can O-D on water.

  • Miguel Angel says:

    I can chime in on this. Im a delivery driver. And during the hot Florida summer. I once drank so much water that i slowly became sick throughout the day. And I thought i was dehydrated. Ended up getting heat exhaustion and had to take several days off work.

    So what happened ? I didn’t replenish my electrolytes. So i was diluting it throughout the day. I actually didnt known that i needed to replenish electrolytes since amazon never trained us about it! (Last year! This year they finally listened and educate new drivers). Ever since that day i use electrolyte packs halfway into my route. Ive been fine ever since.

  • Diane Davis says:

    My sister,a diabetic, thought drinking a lot of water would help her kidneys, however, too much water caused her to flush out just about all of her sodium. She almost died from electrolyte imbalance before she even knew what was wrong with her. Thank God she found out before it was too late.

    • Donald Reed says:

      OMG 😲, I’m A Diabetic And I Try To Drink Two 64 Oz. Of Water A Day, One 64oz In The Morning, And One 64oz In The Evening.

    • GLOBETROTTER says:

      ​@Donald ReedI drink almost zero water per year…and get almost all fluids through daily foods, milk, coffee, pure orange juice and beer. I also add zero salt to my meals.

    • eureka yess says:

      @GLOBETROTTER Would probably be good to dilute orange/other juices with added water. Dehydration is also bad. In fact, if your coffee is caffeinated, beware.

      “The caffeine in coffee… causes your body to pass more urine,” a further dehydration risk factor. – GoodRx

    • Tamara Dawn says:

      ​ I was told by my Drs in the hospital to drink 64oz of water

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  • Tricia Nottingham says:

    I remember this video years ago after exhausting myself to drink and chasing my kids around with water bottles. After the video I let the fear of 8 glasses a day go, and never looked back.

  • Foltz Art says:

    I just did this the other day and it was no fun I felt more dehydrated after drinking 4 bottles of water 💦 after I was out in the sun for 4 hours Thank you for the valuable information much appreciated Dr Berg ❤✌️

  • Mary Sh says:

    Dr. Berg, you pay attention to every important point in life that helps us to stay healthy. Thank you.

  • dracorant says:

    Don’t know about you guys but whenever I drink 5-6 ltrs/day+ I feel great, focused, no brain fog, motivated. I always felt the 2-4 ltrs was never enough for me

    Edit: maybe my diet already has too much salt

    • Anthony says:

      i feel like we all get sufficient sodium but potassium is the big factor

    • LGH says:

      ​@Anthonythat’s true for most Americans at least. It’s mostly because we don’t eat enough cooked vegetables.

    • Kevin Johnson says:

      The more water I drink the better I feel, just like you, now I add salt and potassium in some, some plain. Potassium citrate really helps

    • Kevin Johnson says:

      @Anthony potassium is missing on the SAD diet, just adding it on regular food makes a huge difference in mood and energy, its like it blocks some of the side effect of bad food

  • manjola skendo says:

    Thanks Dr.Berg. Following you I do not take hydrochlorothiazide and aspirin for 7 months now. I used to take them every single day in 10 years. I am free of them now. So much thankful to you for your mission! ❤

  • Bubbaluv8 says:

    I will always find your content Dr. Berg. The water thing – no one tells us! Dr. Berg is telling us. I never knew about drinking too much water. I had a friend going into hospital for surgery, very frightened about it. The night before she had to drink the stuff to clear her bowels. I went to visit her, and to help her, I said I’d take a shot of water for every drink she had to take to finish the jug. I drank almost a gallon in a very short time. It didn’t feel great, but we had fun taking “shots” together, and it helped her. I believed it was a harmless way to care for a friend. When I left the hospital shortly thereafter, I went to fill the gas tank up and almost passed out at the pumps. I couldn’t drive for about 15 minutes, dizzy and presyncopal. I learned AFTERWARD, looking it up, that I could have killed myself this way! I’d always heard about drinking more water, more water. No one ever told me about drinking too much being dangerous. Thanks again Doc! Keep up the good work.👌👍👏👏👏

  • ATLhawksfan!! says:

    What the good doctor said is *SOOOO* true. I was in basic training in the US Army in June 1999 in Fort Sill, Oklahoma. There was a recruit in another class that died due to over hydration. A lot of soldiers got sick due to all the water, but the drill sergeants kept making people drink water because of all the physical activity going. That caused the Army to do studies on the proper amount of water soldiers should be drinking.

  • Je Gr says:

    Good advice, I was actually just researching this topic during the summer. I had worked out in the hot sun again and had been chugging water and ended up feeling horrible. At some point I stumbled upon information about hyponutremia and realized that is what has been happening to me. If you’re doing intense physical work in the sun in summertime and drinking water to try and stay hydrated, hyponutremia is almost guaranteed to happen. I was talking with my dad about it and he said grandpa used to bring salt pills when they’d go hiking, that was back in the 60’s. I guess the old timers really did know what they were doing.

  • Donna Nanar says:

    I had the same episode, and went to the emergency 🆘! All most going choke, just CRAZYYYYY! Thank you so much Dr. Berg! Thanks to you, now I can put a name in the choke that I had!🙏🏻❤️

    • Conscious River says:

      I think this happened to me, too. Their (the ER’s) only approximate explanation was angioedema and it was a dangerous swelling of my tongue and throat. My angioedema (twice monthly random swelling) stopped once I started eating more (healthy) fat, like avocados, EVOO, and olives. Fyi, our cells are surrounded by a phospholypid bilayer (essentially fat). It’s still a hypothesis, but I believe it’s not just salt that balances/holds/separates fluid inside and outside our cells … it’s that fatty cell membrane. People these days are so afraid of fat, thinking (wrongly) that it’s fat that makes us fat, so they avoid fat altogether. Fat restriction is a BAD idea. It’s the only other macro nutrient we NEED for energy and literally can’t be used for energy, as long as we’re constantly fueling our “car” with carbohydrates. There are good and bad fats. Best to educate yourself, if you haven’t already. Other than trans fats, the main unhealthy “fat” is actually from excess / un-needed carbs (essentially excess glucose in the blood that gets converted into triglycerides). High triglycerides are much worse than high cholesterol. Cholesterol is actually one of the most essential nutrients in the body. Much love to anyone reading this. There’s a lot we still don’t know about the miracle that is the Human body.

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