We all know how essential water is to the human body. Our bodies need water for proper function, and our metabolisms rely greatly on it. But can we over-hydrate? Is it possible to drink too much water? This post explores why drinking too much water can be detrimental to your health, and specifically to your metabolism. Learn how to increase your metabolic health with these tips for proper hydration!
“Two years ago, I was introduced to an unconventional but common sense approach to metabolic health by numerous bloggers and health writers. These include Ray Peat, Matt Stone, and Josh and Jeanne at East West Healing and Performance. As I’ve worked to heal my hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue (posts on both topics are forthcoming!), I’ve found their work extraordinarily helpful.
The two main points that allowed me to make significant progress in my metabolic health include:
As someone who previously saw my gigantic water bottle as an extension of my arm,I was shocked to learn that “flushing” my body with half my body weight in ounces was not only not helpful… it was harmful.
I’ve been practicing hydration for metabolic health for probably the last year and a half. Along with the other metabolic tweaks, such as the inclusion of healthy sugars in my diet, my severe hypothyroidism has improved, my constipation issues resolved, and my skin improved. The lesson? Take care of your metabolism and it will take care of you!
In this post, I want to explain the very simple concept of hydrating for metabolic health. These points come from Matt Stone’s book Eat for Heat, which I’ve repeatedly recommended here and on Facebook. This post won’t replace the book, so I still recommend that you get it. It’s only $3 for the digital version.
1. Over-hydration causes imbalanced electrolytes
We are told from mainstream and natural health practitioners alike to drink half our body weight in ounces of water per day. “It flushes everything out and keeps you hydrated. If you pee clear, it means that you are well hydrated.””