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  • #16
    I used to drink half my weight (in ounces, not pounds) of water. Going pee became a part time job.

    The reason I stopped is because, with my thyroid issues, I already have problems absorbing nutrients. When I started seeing my new endocrinologist and he was alarmed with my depleted Vit D and calcium levels, he asked me about my food and water consumption. Although we had discussed this before, it took on a new relevance. When he heard how much water I was drinking, in addition to two cups of coffee daily and tea a few times a week, he said I needed to cut back on the water. He suggested the 'clear to pale yellow' wisdom.

    I don't like treating my body like a machine. I pay attention to how I feel. Some days I need more, some days I need less. If I am dehydrated, I will feel tired and sluggish. Also ... some functions, erm, well, don't function so well. I drink when I am thirsty. I also drink when it *sounds* like a good idea. I have given birth and am in my late forties; that means I don't drink too much for a couple of hours before I go to bed because I LOVE my sleep and don't want to do anything that will wake me once I am in it.

    I have had jobs in the past that did not allow me to drink when I needed. I had to treat my body like a machine then, and drink on a schedule, or I would have become really dehydrated. It's just a fact of life for many people that if they don't eat and drink on a schedule, their bodies will become even more neglected.

    I suppose my answer to your question is not very well defined but the truth is, everyone's body and life situation is so different that there cannot be a one-size-fits-all solution.

    Watch for patterns in yourself and let that be your guide for your personal needs.

    best wishes


    • #17
      I you're thirsty- drink. If you're not, don't.


      • #18
        Originally posted by StoneAgeQueen View Post
        I you're thirsty- drink. If you're not, don't.
        Wasn't what I said...?
        La tristesse durera toujours...


        • #19
          Get enough salt and hydration is a problem of the past.. a sprinkle on eggs, a sprinkle on meat, two sprinkles for a broth drink, and I'll only have to drink at most 4 tall glasses of water a day. And thats with like one salty meal a day.


          • #20
            It's a myth that you can't drink too much water, too. There is such a thing as water toxicity, and in today's water crazy world, it's more common than you'd think. This is covered in an EMT 'basic' course
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            • #21
              Originally posted by lizch View Post
              The latest research as far as I recall showed that caffeine is only a diuretic if you don't usually consume it or consume an uncharacteristically large quantity of it one day. If you consume the same amount every day, your body adjusts and holds on to the right amount of fluid rather than peeing it out.
              This is true. I drink tea all day, and I'm nowhere near dehydrated, ever
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              • #22
                This is a excerpt from one of Lyle McDonald's blogs.

                "Water Intake

                While it should be a no-brainer, water intake is another place where trainees make basic mistakes (I am guilty of this myself). The effects of dehydration range from minimal (at 2% dehydration, strength and performance decrease) to painful (can anybody say kidney stones) to worse (at 10% dehydration, death can occur).

                While there are many generalized water intake equations (such as 8 glasses per day), these may not be correct for everyone. To poach another guideline from my mentor, a good rule of thumb is 5 clear urinations per day, and 2 of those should come after your workout. Yes, that means looking in the toilet when you pee.

                This gives trainees a way of individualizing water intake. Obviously someone who lives in a hot, humid environment (or trains in a non-air conditioned gym) will need more water than someone who lives in moderate temperatures and trains in a posh gym.

                I’d note that, despite more dogmatic rhetoric to the contrary, all fluids contribute to hydration state (as do many high-water foods such as fruits and vegetables). Yes, even caffeinated ones; research clearly shows that the small amount of fluid lost from the caffeine is still much less than the amount gained by drinking the drink.

                It’s worth nothing that recent research has found that plain water is actually the worst drink for rehydration following exercise. Milk was actually shown to be superior to either plain water or Powerade/Gatorade type drinks, most likely due to the potassium and sodium content. You can read more about this in the artilce Milk as an Effective Post-Exercise Rehydration Drink.

                Finally, thirst is a poor indicator of hydration state. By the time you’re thirsty, you’re already a bit dehydrated."


                • #23
                  I drink water 8 glasses a day! and i think it's enough for the human body..
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                  • #24
                    It takes voluntary effort to not drink water. I'm addicted to it. I try to only drink water in the evening so I don't pee all day at work. I know it's bad for my kidneys, so I try hard to drink less and less water. But my pee is always clear anyway.

                    But, no, there is no reason to just drink water for water's sake. Wait until you are thirsty. Your body will thank you.
                    Crohn's, doing SCD


                    • #25
                      I think the old advice about "by the time you're thirsty, you're dehydrated" probably makes sense in a leptin resistant, sedentary, sugar eating society. It's been shown that many people mistake early signs of thirst for hunger, and actually eat instead of drink. They also tend to eat dry foods high in sugars, which take more water to process.

                      For those of us further along the paleo path, where hunger is a good indication of when to eat thirst is also probably a better indicator of when to drink. Couple that with foods that often contain much of the fluid needed to process them, and we're better off overall.


                      • #26
                        so, the primal method has no rec's re: how much daily water consumption like cw? -8-10 glasses for weight loss and overall health?