Intermittent Drinking

You think you got things figured out, then the universe decides to throw a giant wrench in the gears.

Water is good, they say, so I start drinking buckets of it each day.

Now data is coming out showing that too much water can be harmful in a few ways:

It flushes out your mineral and electrolyte content (sodium, potassium, magnesium), causing Water Intoxication. A condition called Hyponatremia (dangerously low blood-sodium content) can, ironically, lead to dehydration. A sign of over-hydration may be having crystal clear pee too often. There should still be a hint of yellow, although darker yellow means dehydration.

Drinking too many liquids with meals can be diluting your stomach acid and digestive enzymes, potentially leading to indigestion, bloating and gas.

Dr. Michael Ruscio, an evidence-based holistic doctor, recommends approaching water intake from an ancestral perspective, cycling drinking phases with dry durations throughout your day. Theoretically, that’s how we evolved to hydrate, before canteens were invented.

Listen to Dr Ruscio’s discussion on water undulation on his website, drruscio.com (starting at around 1h 5m).

Leave a Reply