Intermittent Water Drinking: DON’T Drink Until Thirsty

We’re told we need to drink often to stay hydrated. But is that really true?



0:00 Introduction: Is drinking a lot of water healthy?
0:45 Understanding thirst
1:52 Oxytocin explained
2:53 Intermittent drinking
4:10 What happens when you drink too much water?
7:18 Microplastics in water
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Is it healthy to drink water all day long? Let’s talk about it.

Yes, we need water—I’m not against drinking water. But I think we need to rethink the concept of sipping on something constantly.

An interesting research paper suggests that thirst triggers oxytocin, the trust and love hormone. This is also a powerful stress-reducing hormone.

If you drink something all day long, you may not trigger oxytocin as much as if you waited until your body gave you signals of thirst.

We know the importance of eating intermittently, but what about drinking intermittently? We don’t want to reduce the quantity of water we drink, but what if we decrease the frequency we drink?

Drinking too much water can dilute your stomach acid and affect your digestion. It can also flush out electrolytes and lead to low sodium levels.

A sodium deficiency may cause fatigue, weakness, an increase in adrenaline, and many other health concerns. You need a combination of water and sodium in your diet to really hydrate your body.

I think we need to ask ourselves more often whether we’re actually thirsty or not. You may even find your stress goes down a bit if you don’t over-hydrate.

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. @tamitatangoto5134 on December 8, 2023 at 12:21 pm

    I was told 20 years ago by a friend and practicing kinesiologist that I did not need to drink much water. The fact that I had had my gallbladder and spleen removed may have something to do with why she told me this.😮😊
    I drink water when I’m thirsty 🎉❤ and it makes it so much more pleasant.😅
    It certainly makes me understand why Dr Berg says that it increases a very good for us hormone.🎉❤🎉❤ Because I really do get so much more pleasure out of the experience if I am truly thirsty 😅

  2. @miavos3610 on December 8, 2023 at 12:32 pm

    If ever I feel ‘not good’ or have a bit of a headache, I drink a full glass of water. I feel immediate relief.

    • @karensavageau4622 on December 8, 2023 at 2:13 pm

      Yes, headache is a sign of dehydration.

    • @peterpan408 on December 8, 2023 at 6:18 pm

      By the time you have the headache, it’s too late to treat it with water (with immediate effect).
      You do need to anticipate your fluid needs to prevent dehydration.

    • @AtlasReburdened on December 8, 2023 at 6:28 pm

      ​@@peterpan408So the thing that OP is literally attesting to is “impossible”?

    • @martinsvensson6884 on December 8, 2023 at 7:28 pm

      @@peterpan408 No you dont the body already has a functioning system for it.

    • @markplott4820 on December 8, 2023 at 10:17 pm

      Electrolytes are better add small sea salt , Do not add IF Hypertensive or Diabetic.

  3. @BigManAlaska on December 8, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    This is a great topic! ❤ Sometimes for specific reasons drinking excess water will help get different things working. Like reducing water retention for the morbidly obese in my case. If I drank more water, I had less swelling in my legs (edema). It’s an oxymoron thing and now you have my cogs turning in my head to think if the extra water was diluting the extra inflammatory garbage I was consuming at that time. OMG another rabbit hole. 🤦😳

    • @imm0rtalitypassi0n on December 8, 2023 at 7:56 pm

      Yes, there is NO one size fits all advice on how much water to drink. Each body is a combination of health conditions, age, climate, profession, diet, lifestyle, and genetics. This video does not take into account any diseases, conditions, or any of the factors I listed. It’s actually very dangerous “advice” to tell people to only drink water when thirsty, becauae dehydration causes a decrease in thirst, and prolonged lack of thirst is a hallmark sign of dehydration. And even people with bloating and fluid retention can end up dehydrated if the fluid is being managed improperly- aka, not being absorbed where it’s needed, but rather being stored in places it is not needed. Sigh, proper water intake and electrolyte balance is different for everyone. ❤ Glad you’re feeling better these days.

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on December 11, 2023 at 9:06 pm

      Some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on swelling / inflammation may be of interest.

    • @BigManAlaska on December 12, 2023 at 12:15 am

      @@experimenthealthyketo83 I’ve been diving through his stuff for over 30 weeks. Plus cross referencing between the doctors I know personally to come to my own conclusion for what works for me. 😃👍

  4. @Drberg on December 8, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    There is ONE point I forgot to mention. One reason you may not be very thirsty during the day could be that you simply don’t consume enough sea salt. Try adding more on your food and see what happens.

    • @thecollierreport on December 8, 2023 at 1:35 pm

      I get preached to a lot about water, I wait until I’m thirsty, though mostly I satisfy it with seltzer water, I can’t stand plain water.

    • @Matthew2010ad on December 8, 2023 at 1:53 pm

      if mainstream media advice emphasizes frequent water consumption, they have probably concluded it is bad for us, thus it might be worthwhile to consider listening to the body’s signals and drinking only when thirsty, and as suggested in your video, increasing salt intake.

    • @james1795 on December 8, 2023 at 3:37 pm

      Sea salt tastes like fish. Nauseating.

    • @jeandixon586 on December 8, 2023 at 3:44 pm

      @@thecollierreport You also don’t like fullstops (periods) 😁

    • @SheikYerbootie on December 8, 2023 at 3:48 pm

      Use pink Himalayan salt (mined in Himalayan mountains) or Redmond brand salt mined in Utah. They are not contaminated by the microscopic plastic particles that wash into the ocean and show up in sea salt. Himalayan salt is in most stores and redmond is at their web site.

  5. @selenacoul9079 on December 8, 2023 at 1:28 pm

    Now that I don’t consume sugar or refined carbs I don’t really get thirsty. Or perhaps it doesn’t feel the same as it did when I was poisoning myself with sugar and flour. Now that I do 20 hour OMAD IF/Healthy Keto – I feel reborn. But not really thirsty. Thanks doctor- you’re saving us.

    • @helenevion5948 on December 12, 2023 at 4:11 pm

      Exactly! Thanks for sharing!

  6. @Magneticlaw on December 8, 2023 at 1:44 pm

    Around my freshman year in high school (1990) is when I first noticed bottled water for sale in stores, and this coincided with the “drink tons of water” message. Even then it struck me as odd, but now I realize that it was just a sales pitch to huck more water (which cycles infinitely, and thus, infinite sales).

    • @dhruvkashyap8024 on December 8, 2023 at 2:58 pm

      Hey duzzo,
      Why to buy a bottled water from a store.
      This is phenomenon only seen in western countries.
      Instead, carry a steel water bottle.

    • @shirleydeluca1387 on December 8, 2023 at 3:45 pm

      Drink from mugs that are pure copper

    • @maggiebogdan6249 on December 8, 2023 at 3:46 pm

      We were stationed in Germany around that time and came back to this new trend.

    • @markplott4820 on December 8, 2023 at 10:20 pm

      TAP water is FREE, and most TAP water is from Snow Melt , unless Inland , then you may have Recycled Tap water , if the latter AVOID at all costs.

    • @imninjasmom on December 9, 2023 at 1:04 am

      ​@markplott4820 why? Please explain..

  7. @lulzhh5177 on December 8, 2023 at 3:03 pm

    For Islamic fasting, it’s a dry fast, and I just have to say that first drink of water, when breaking fast, is most amazing feeling ever, I can’t even put into words. You almost feel it flowing through your entire body and through the veins. So, point here, is yes that feel good hormone surges when you drink when your actually thirsty. I can’t really drink unless I’m thirsty. Not one of those constant water sippers.

    • @Gniggaaa on December 8, 2023 at 7:53 pm

      You should do that’s not healthy at all bud

    • @pork6811 on December 16, 2023 at 6:23 pm

      Jews do that too.

  8. @3dhaus on December 8, 2023 at 7:37 pm

    So glad you put this out there, Dr. Berg. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve made the exact same argument to friends and family that you made in your opening monolog.

    Nobody is going to keel over dead for lack of perpetual access to water in the middle of a church service, while walking around the mall, picking up groceries at the market, or sitting in the stands at their kid’s 48 minute basketball game.

  9. @travishall3927 on December 8, 2023 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Dr. Eric berg, you’ve made it easy to identify specific health issues I have been dealing with since being a child. You’ve allowed me to come away from medication that only makes me worse in the long run. Thank you for your service.

  10. @johnnyp_fitnessjourney on December 8, 2023 at 9:09 pm

    Hey doctor Berg, I just wanted to say thank you for your videos ! I started my IF journey about 9 months ago along with carnivore diet and lost over 150 pounds in that time. Your videos really helped me out on this journey!

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on December 11, 2023 at 9:54 pm

      Wow cool 🎉🎉🎉

  11. @rand49er on December 8, 2023 at 11:40 pm

    It seems that as I age (I’m nearly 75), my sense of thirst is diminished compared to when I was younger. That makes me think I should be drinking more water. However, I’m very concerned of being caught somewhere having to urinate but not being where that’s possible. It’s tough getting old.

    • @experimenthealthyketo83 on December 11, 2023 at 9:49 pm

      Some of Dr Berg’s videos /articles on frequent urination may help.

    • @ASMRBarbie on December 14, 2023 at 6:00 pm

      OMG SAME! I’m 36, and it has nothing to do with my age, but simply the fact I started lowering how much I drink water, because I found it made me too full feeling 😂and then I couldn’t enjoy my food . Now my thirst is pretty non existent at times 🙃until the end of the day.

    • @jakehebert2014 on December 15, 2023 at 3:21 pm

      Ah men can pee anywhere

    • @susanpage3805 on December 15, 2023 at 3:52 pm

      ​@@jakehebert2014I was going to say just this😊

    • @OVERHERE-OVERHERE on December 15, 2023 at 4:10 pm

      AMEN ☮️

  12. @bevmckee1380 on December 9, 2023 at 12:06 am

    Dr. Berg I loved learning to know that I don’t need to drink water until I am thirsty! It really changes my stress!

  13. @marysh3840 on December 9, 2023 at 8:02 am

    I am thankful to Dear Dr. Berg and his wonderful ability to give us information and knowledge about a healthy lifestyle.

  14. @jarydf on December 9, 2023 at 6:56 pm

    I seem to have trouble telling the difference between feeling hungry and feeling thirsty. I drink water about every 2-3 hours to avoid having a suddenly very “hungry” incident (which seem to be actually being thirsty) and then potentially snap eating something when I shouldn’t. If I keep up my hydration at reasonable levels during my intermittent fasting time I avoid potentially feeling so hungry that drinking some water does not keep things under control.

  15. @oB_Session on December 10, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    My father has an extreme case of OCD. He is completely fixated on drinking 2 gallons of water per day, not a drop less not a drop more. He walks around all day long with a water bottle in his hands and drinks throughout the day. I can’t stop this man. He cannot be stopped. Hoping this video can help him see the light. 🙏

    • @aDadwhoCares on December 14, 2023 at 8:07 am

      that is seriously too much water

    • @te_hago_las_nalgas on December 14, 2023 at 11:35 pm

      8 liters a day? wtf

    • @KTFRabbit on December 17, 2023 at 12:20 am

      That’s a lot but people can do it. I hope that it is bottled from a natural water source like a spring and that he is not drinking bottled purified or worse yet, distilled water.

    • @seand.5535 on December 21, 2023 at 6:50 am

      @@aDadwhoCares it depends, its possible to need that much water or more but im guessing this guy doesn’t since he is aiming for some arbitrary water goal.

    • @icankillbugs on December 21, 2023 at 10:31 pm

      Oh no, not 2 gallons, an amount which is totally on the low side of normal! Spooky stuff! Wow he’s such a monster, drinking water all day!

  16. @quickpstuts412 on December 12, 2023 at 10:46 pm

    I love your advice, but we cannot all go by thirst. I was chronically dehydrated and NEVER got thirsty My electrolyte imbalance was severely off. I had to make myself drink water. Once I started drinking more, my body’s thirst signal came back.

    • @austinpowersfasjer on December 17, 2023 at 11:06 am

      This is exactly what i also have. I just dont feel thirsty during most of the day

    • @BlobBlobkins on December 17, 2023 at 1:30 pm

      Same, I have gastro problems, my doctor told me to drink 2.5 liters a day because my stool was once in 3 days. It helped me. And Dr. Eric Berg is not a doctor anyway. I recommend not to listen to this guy and to listen a real doctor.

    • @paulflint6254 on December 17, 2023 at 2:51 pm


    • @quickpstuts412 on December 17, 2023 at 8:10 pm

      @@BlobBlobkins I hear ya. Some of the advice he offers has been more helpful than my doc, BUT when he makes suggestions like this he should mention that there may be some instances where thirst is not present. A little disclaimer for some advice would be nice.

    • @D-A-N- on December 19, 2023 at 12:20 am

      @@BlobBlobkinshe’s not?

  17. @ASMRBarbie on December 14, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    This video is exactly what I need to see right now💕I used to drink way too much water, and recently I started lowering it way too much . I need to find a happy medium. I only drink water when I wake up, along with my coffee ☕️ have my afternoon coffee, have a little around 3, and then around 4 start my 2 L and stopping by 7. So I don’t have to pee during the night, it feels like I’m starving my body of hydration. Ps; although I’ve lowered my water intake, I started using salt for the first time on my food everyday, it’s on my eggs, on my salad, ext . So I’m doing something good lol 💕

  18. @ItsAkile on December 20, 2023 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve took an intake what you need approach all my life, you are so right. I do alot of labor intensive work and I can tell the difference when I do these little things including fasting. I might go a bit overboard at times 😅

  19. @lawrenceshdow on December 20, 2023 at 4:15 pm

    Idk man. My grandpa and my great grandfather lived to over 100 and both always pushed the 8 glasses of water a day (not so much 8 but just to stay hydrated).

    My dad is now in his 80s and super healthy. He does the same. Drinks water from a well throughout the day.

    This is one of those things where i will go with my family advice; based on seeing their results.

    • @andrew2393 on December 20, 2023 at 4:38 pm

      All this just shows is doctors can’t make up their minds and are unreliable.

  20. @jaychasingaming on December 21, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Dr.Berg thank you for actually being one of the few who actually wants to help people to learn understand and better their body and lifestyle. It is so easy for doctors and health providers to just say take this, do this, this will work, but you take the time and treat us like family and want the best health for us. Thank you bless you for all you do.❤

    • @Drberg on December 21, 2023 at 1:13 pm

      My pleasure! Glad to help!

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