Are we drinking too much water a day? - page 3
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are you drinking too much water? how much do you drink each day? i don't drink water as often as i should (according to the article that follows, it may be a good thing), however, i do eat cruched ice and consume my water... Read More
- 0Aug 21, '02 by mario_ragucciThis subject is very near and dear to me, and I feel proud to share with you my essential life support. water has to get to three distinct compartments in my body. And it's not like drinking is filling up a gas tank. It takes time and other factors in order for water to reach where it has to go. Water occupies my: blood, cells and intastital spaces (sp) eyes, joints, brain.
When i do work, I crave water. If I do really hard work, I get the cravings really bad. That is when water makes me high. Nothing gives your body the rush of guzzling lots of water when your thirsty.
So I incorporate my water consumption into the workout. It comes at the end, after I come out of the steam room. I workout at least 4 times a week, not pushing myself either. I drink 1.5 liters in the big mouth Aqua-fina bottle. Of course I refill it.
It's a neat feeling to have worked out (sweat) and then go into the steamroom and KNOW that water is waiting for you. I carry it with me in the steamroom so it gets a little warmer since it's cold out of the fountain. After 5-10 minutes in the steam room, I can down the whole thing, mmmmmm. 1.5 liters of water weighs 3.5 pounds. So I gain 3.4 pounds right there on the spot. Sometimes I weigh myself before steam and water, then after, and I usually sweat about a pound of water. So cool because I can monitor/learn about a human body.
On days i don't work out, I still drink the 1.5 liters of water, all at once. Before you thinks thats abnormal, the human stomach has 4 liter capacity. Downing 1.5 liters is less than 50% capacity, and if i've been NPO for at least 2 hours, its okay. I like to drink my water at room temperature. The action of swalling succesive gulps of water takes some practice, at first. Sometimes I consider it to be flushing a toilet, because the body does make wastes, and we also sometimes put wastes into it. If you only sip water, and don't drink it, you'll never have a good flush, yuk!
And, sometimes I'll go a day or two without drinking any water. The first day is fine, I still void normally, and the same amounts. after 24 hours my body is still the same, maybe voiding a little less, day three is when its dangerous, I won't describe it except that i can feel myself getting smaller in size when laying in bed :-(
I don't believe i drink enough water. The body requires 1 cc of water for every 1kcal burnt. I'd need to consume about 2.75 or 3 liters. I get water from most of my food/fruit. It's so fun, but when I am properly hydrated, I don't get the cravings to drink anything else, and I feel good. My nephrons are loving it, and so is my plasma, as well as my CSF. And I like my voids to always be pale golden :-)
I can't believe I told all this.
- 0Aug 21, '02 by live4todayI only drink bottled water........that's my basic beverage.....drink very little of any other kind.....have been this way now for 32 years. I carry water around with me everywhere I go.....even in the house...so I can drink it on demand. :chuckle
I got in the habit of drinking bottled water from all that traveling I did as a military family member, then as a traveling nurse. So.....now I'm totally addicted to bottled water......hate tap water. I drink water because I want to.....not because some article or news event says I should. I don't get into all those statistical thingys since by the time they are all printed out for people to read, some other scientist has come out with an entirely new theory. So.....why even read that stuff!
- 0Aug 21, '02 by cactus wrenI have found that a BIG (32 oz.at min.) glass of water realy helps me over the 4pm slump,gets me thru the next 3 hours of my shift. But then, living in the desert, I drink at least a gallon of h2o a day,more when i`m out doors alot.I have the feeling that if they ran a bun and cr. on all us desert rats they would find we are chronically dehydrated.
- 0Aug 22, '02 by Mama ValI have always been a water drinker but when I was pregnant with the dynamic duo I thought I was gonna float down the street some nights
It takes about 4 hours for amniotic fluid to filter and all I had to do was think "who wants to swim in yucky water " so I would drink, then drink some more and pee a lot :imbar never had a problem with the pregnancy. Also drank a lot when I was breastfeeding both of them. I always tell my moms they need to drink plenty of water during and after pregnancy you'll be amazed at what a difference it will make.
Still keep two 1 liter btls at work that I drink from during the shift refill from the tap at home, sometimes add lemon or lime juice for a changeLast edit by Mama Val on Aug 22, '02
- 0Aug 22, '02 by RNFROG3All this talk about water made me thirsty--soo I ran to get a big glass before I finished reading this thread. I like a fresh slice of lemon occaisionally but I think I'll try that rose's lime juice sometime. Working 12 hr shifts I have a hard time drinking but I'm always thirsty. The army issues camelbacks- a canteen you wear like a back pack that has a little straw you bite down on to drink from......wonder how much teasing I'd get to wear it to work? Glug, Glug ...aahhhh that's so cold and tasty!
- 0Aug 22, '02 by Mama ValCareful if the suits here you they might think its a good idea and then they will make everybody wear one. Fill the canteen at the start of your shift with your beverage of choice and then you don't have to have a break because you can chart and suck your drink at the same time (gives new meaning to charting sucks).
Next they'll wanna put the damn think on the other end and cut out the potty breaks