I wanted to share this info because I have recently discovered that I have a blooming thyroid issue, and I have recently induced some positive changes by following simple advice from Matt Stone – “ditch the drinking”. This is based on a connection he has made between fluid intake and hypothyroid symptoms. This means stopping excessive water intake, as well as diuretic fluids like coffee, tea and alcohol.
I accidentally figured out that I was creating health problems for myself with fluid intake when my measured magnesium levels actually dropped after 3 months of tripling my magnesium intake. The only answer I could come up with was that sipping ginger green tea or water all day long was flushing it out of my system. I was constantly thirsty, and constantly peeing.
A couple of weeks of intentionally restricting my fluid intake, and suddenly I am not thirsty, and as a bonus, I feel warmer most of the time. This is very exciting to me, as I’ve been freezing cold for most of my life, it seems. We’ll see how the bloodwork looks in December from this new approach.
Much like the “cross training” myth used to sell more shoes for that purpose, the “8 cups of water per day” myth is unsubstantiated public health advice that we all just accept, to our own detriment. This one little thing could be ruining your health way more than junk food or not exercising. Caffeine and alcohol can also induce this effect, as they are diuretic and cause thirst to increase. Increased thirst can have the paradoxical effect of making us more dehydrated!
I highly recommend reading about it here, and I also found many of the comments helpful. Do you have a “drinking problem”? I did, and I can’t believe I just blindly followed someone’s orders to drink more water, and it had even become a habit that I tried to force on others. I can’t believe I did that! Like, do you think the settlers or cavemen were sipping all day long? It makes a hell of a lot more sense that we evolved to survive without a water iv drip all day long.