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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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!

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