DRINKING A LOT OF WATER WILL NOT HYDRATE YOU
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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?
4:55 Can you die from drinking too much water?
5:47 Drinking water to prevent kidney stones
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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
• Brain swelling
Common causes of hyponatremia:
• Addison’s disease
• Drinking alcohol
• A hypothyroid condition
• 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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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! I hope this helps increase your awareness of the dangers of drinking too much water. I’ll see you in the next video.