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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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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  1. @josephburns-zd2kr on October 30, 2023 at 11:23 am

    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!!!

    • @Drberg on October 30, 2023 at 3:51 pm

      Wow, that’s wonderful!!

    • @KTFRabbit on October 30, 2023 at 10:16 pm

      Yes, stick with spring water and never “purified” water sold in a bottle.

    • @justaweeb1525 on November 22, 2023 at 5:00 pm

      @@KTFRabbithuh? You guys are drinking distilled water???

  2. @jihadtoom4574 on October 30, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    I’ve been searching up on this because i drink like a gallon of water a day or at least 7-8 small bottles a day and still not hydrated. Thanks for touching on this subject, doctor.

    • @jihadtoom4574 on October 30, 2023 at 8:08 pm

      @@ProRighteousantiDevilish-wk7ur but i dont feel replenished after drinking water.

    • @peterpatton2867 on October 31, 2023 at 1:43 am

      Please don’t listen to everyone on this blog because certain advisements could potentially hurt or cause injury to you.

      You said you are already drinking a gallon a day and someone is here advising you that a gallon a day is not enough water intake.

      I don’t believe that advice is a good one.

    • @yaynetwork1483 on October 31, 2023 at 1:48 am

      @@peterpatton2867 Correct, a gallon of water a day is never too little. The electrolytes need to be added in. I stated above, a few times a week I add a teaspoon of sodium, potassium and magnesium each to a cup of water, drink that, then chase it down with something more pleasant – but that’s just me, all at once then not worry about it.

    • @TheRealMonnie on October 31, 2023 at 2:48 am

      ​@@ProRighteousantiDevilish-wk7urhe’s almost 60. He looks great.

    • @yaynetwork1483 on October 31, 2023 at 12:48 pm

      @@ProRighteousantiDevilish-wk7ur You do make a point, if people are eating mostly processed, high sodium foods, they are in a very different place than people like me, who mostly only buy organic ingredients and so I know precisely how little sodium I am taking in, thus I supplement, with sea salt and some sodium/potassium/magnesium electrolyte water. The core idea is to balance the salts, not that someone has too much or too little sodium. More or less sodium is ok, so long as it is balanced with a good amount of potassium and magnesium salts in the body. Potassium and sodium work in opposition, one brings water into the cells, one lets the water out. Magnesium, an argument can be made that we ALL get too little of it as the soils food grows in are depleted these days. Calcium, too, is vital – but I get enough of it from organic heavy cream and sour cream and occasional yogurt/kefir.

  3. @dianedavis2595 on October 30, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    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.

    • @herculesdon3 on October 30, 2023 at 4:33 pm

      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-1 on October 30, 2023 at 4:52 pm

      ​@@herculesdon3I 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.

    • @eurekayess on October 30, 2023 at 5:38 pm

      @@Globetrotter-1 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

    • @daisymae128 on October 30, 2023 at 8:21 pm

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

    • @daisymae128 on October 30, 2023 at 8:22 pm


  4. @foltz-art on October 30, 2023 at 3:36 pm

    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 ❤✌️

  5. @nandiamond9099 on October 30, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    I found that about 16 oz carbonated water with lemon juice and electrolytes hydrates me quite well and quenches my thirst.
    Thanks for your podcasts Dr Berg .
    Much appreciated

    • @colleenshea2293 on October 30, 2023 at 10:32 pm

      I thought carbonated water was a no no

    • @nandiamond9099 on October 30, 2023 at 10:39 pm

      @@colleenshea2293 why would it be ?

    • @colleenshea2293 on October 30, 2023 at 10:42 pm

      @@nandiamond9099 gas bloating indigestion

    • @LisaMarieAuthentic on November 7, 2023 at 3:23 am

      It’s bad for your teeth and can cause gastrointestinal upset

    • @nihftyy on November 7, 2023 at 10:41 am

      @@LisaMarieAuthenticnot true.

  6. @nathalietheriault1923 on October 30, 2023 at 3:45 pm

    I also started to put a pinch of pink salt to the first bottle of water (or glass) I have each morning. Made a huge difference. I wasn’t peeing every 20 minutes which I found very annoying and prevented me from drinking water sometimes when for example, if I had an hour meeting or longer. Now I understand why it worked better with this video

    • @verborgenewahrheit1594 on October 30, 2023 at 7:10 pm

      Is it okay to use sea salt as well?

    • @mollyinmelbourne01 on October 30, 2023 at 7:39 pm

      I use Celtic sea salt. Has 23 minerals in it. Much better type of salt.

    • @nathalietheriault1923 on October 30, 2023 at 7:44 pm

      @@mollyinmelbourne01 yes! I read about that and I will try it as well

    • @verborgenewahrheit1594 on October 30, 2023 at 9:05 pm


      Sea salt has 84 trace minerals

    • @adriankap2978 on October 31, 2023 at 1:52 am

      @@mollyinmelbourne01 do you have a link on where to buy? Tried Amazon but I never really know if I can trust it. It would be a great help. Ty in advance

  7. @marysh3840 on October 30, 2023 at 5:18 pm

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

  8. @manjolaskendo4236 on October 30, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    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! ❤

    • @wynn2812ify on October 31, 2023 at 1:04 am

      I take hydrochloro and really need to not be taking blood pressure pills

    • @boom-d8034 on November 5, 2023 at 12:26 am

      I take hydrcholothiazide and aspirin are they bad

    • @kathysauls5923 on November 5, 2023 at 6:57 am

      I take hydrochlorothiazide everyday to help my blood pressure. I am on the blood pressure pill Candesartan Cilex. My skin has really dried out.

  9. @Bubbaluv8 on October 30, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    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.👌👍👏👏👏

  10. @atlhawksfan9330 on October 30, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    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.

    • @John-us2ns on October 31, 2023 at 10:14 pm

      Electrolytes. That’s the missing piece.

    • @meghanmisaliar on November 2, 2023 at 5:06 pm

      I was in Basic in ’99 also . Except at Ft Leonard Wood. They pushed water on us like crazy too.

    • @EmeraldEyesEsoteric on November 2, 2023 at 5:35 pm

      What do you mean drinking a lot of water won’t hydrate you? Get me the best Lawyer the Vatican has to offer. I’M GOING TO SUE GOD.

    • @Oneshot8242 on November 2, 2023 at 10:06 pm

      USAF basic in San Antonio, Texas, Sept 1974 – hot as hell, but we were given salt tablets along with the water.

    • @atlhawksfan9330 on November 2, 2023 at 10:09 pm

      @@Oneshot8242 that’s what we should have been given. Some days when we got back to the barracks, we would all have salt on our faces.

  11. @jegr3398 on October 30, 2023 at 10:48 pm

    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.

    • @MaDGriZz78 on November 9, 2023 at 2:41 am

      so what to drink then on the hot days ?

    • @keithzastrow on November 9, 2023 at 2:04 pm

      @@MaDGriZz78 Liquid IV. Look it up. Either that or Gatorade but I recently switched about 2 months ago to Liquid IV for myself (I’m 53) and my 12 year old daughter who plays soccer and runs in cross country.

    • @JS-jh4cy on November 10, 2023 at 8:56 am


    • @hoolian1934 on November 10, 2023 at 12:03 pm

      @@MaDGriZz78drink water with added electrolytes or just any drink with salt or electrolytes

    • @justaweeb1525 on November 22, 2023 at 4:59 pm

      @@hoolian1934how do you add electrolytes?

  12. @donnananar1556 on October 31, 2023 at 12:04 am

    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!🙏🏻❤️

    • @consciousriverfilms on October 31, 2023 at 5:47 am

      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.

  13. @MoonlitSunflower on October 31, 2023 at 2:23 am

    I heard somewhere that your body can only process 8 oz of water / hour. When I first started drinking more water my mouth felt parched, like my body was screaming for more water. I started just holding the water in my mouth for a while to not excessively drink it but help with the feeling of excessive thirst.

  14. @tiffanyjohnson8679 on November 1, 2023 at 10:43 am

    This video is needed! I was severely dehydrated after having my baby and no amount of water was helping. I was actually flushing out important electrolytes! After I started drinking Pedialyte and Coconut waters I was like new. I think they saved my life. <3

    • @Drberg on November 1, 2023 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience here. Stay safe and healthy!

    • @TiffanyNikes-km5jd on November 2, 2023 at 1:41 pm

      Thank you Dr. Berg, Your Awesome! 💕💕@@DrEricBergDC

    • @EmeraldEyesEsoteric on November 2, 2023 at 5:34 pm

      What do you mean drinking a lot of water won’t hydrate you? Get me the best Lawyer the Vatican has to offer. I’M GOING TO SUE GOD.

    • @faitheternity211 on November 14, 2023 at 4:45 pm

      I’m currently pregnant and no matter how much water I drink I seem to always feel dehydrated😢! I notice some difference when I drink coconut water or lemon water but regular h20 doesn’t always do it for me. This video and comment is very helpful. Thx

    • @boudusaved4719 on November 14, 2023 at 6:53 pm

      But doesn’t coconut water also have a lot of sugar, which is what we are supposed to avoid on a keto diet?

  15. @irsed121 on November 1, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Yes! Dr. Berg. Thank you for sharing. A Czech doctor is saying this for many years. I actually had water poisoning before so I’m careful. I’m very thankful for you ❤

  16. @robhaas on November 6, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve never been a person that drinks anything other than water (probably too much based on these videos). When you refer to electrolyte powder or adding salt, would this be something that should be done in every liter of water you drink, or just once a day? Really appreciate the videos and the information! If anyone else in the comments has suggestions or inputs on the type of powder or what you do, I’d love to read it. I know Dr. Berg also has his own electrolyte powder from what I’m looking at.

    • @chrisalexis1146 on November 6, 2023 at 7:55 pm

      Add 500 mg of sodium chloride per liter of water and consume a sufficient amount of vegetables and fruits that are rich in minerals. It is recommended to drink 30-40 ml of water per kilogram of body weight, which corresponds to 2.1-2.8 liters for a person weighing 70 kilograms.

  17. @alhamilton8690 on November 6, 2023 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you Dr. Berg for getting the information out on how to hydrate better, and although I am a water fanatic, I know that too much of a good thing would not work as well as a moderate amount even in fasting

  18. @anthonyramirez2519 on November 10, 2023 at 5:09 pm

    Just subscribed to your newsletter. I enjoy your videos. As someone who is a crazy hydrating individual, I’m for sure noticing some days where I need more versus others. Interesting topic, keep up the good work Dr. Berg! Thank you for your service!

    • @Drberg on November 10, 2023 at 5:56 pm

      Thank you for subscribing. Wishing you good health.

  19. @johngeraghty2757 on November 13, 2023 at 4:42 am

    Thanks Doc for discussing the importance of drinking water. What I do is help to have people understand What water to drink.
    Its usually very difficult to drink too much water but anything is possible.
    The main question is: what water are they drinking because as you know Not all water is the same.
    Thanks for letting people be aware of a couple of things.

  20. @XShaneX19 on November 29, 2023 at 10:36 am

    I once was severely dehydrated as a teen and my grandpa made me eat a jar of pickles in addition to drinking water.
    He couldn’t really explain why he just knew it would help me.

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