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Old 07-05-2007, 09:31 AM
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How much water a day is enough (or too much)?

First off, I love water. I hate soda so pretty much all I do is drink water constantly. Lately though I haven't been drinking it as much so I've felt dehydrated. I've been trying to drink my "6-8 bottles of water a day" but one of my co-workers just looked at me all scornfully and said that drinking that much water actually isn't healthy for me and its flushing all the minerals out of my system. Now I have heard this argument before but is it true???

By the way, this is coming from the coworker who drinks nothing but juice and diet soda all day long and never exercises. Grrr....
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:35 AM
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actually, i think the recommended amt of water per day is 64 oz. 8 8oz glasses. i would ask her where she gets her info. drinking water is not going to flush your system of anything it needs.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:01 AM
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I heard elsewhere that you should drink half your body weight (in ounces) of water a day. That's usually what I aim for, but I don't always achieve it. Ooops!
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:01 AM
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From what I understand, water actually aids in the distribution of vitamins and minerals.

The only basis for too much water is to drink it all together; your 8 glasses should be spread out during the day.
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Old 07-05-2007, 11:24 AM
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I think that you are drinking an excellent amount of water. Your coworker is probably just jelouse because she can't down that amount of water on a daily basis.

It is true that you can drink too much water but only in certain circumstances. If you were drinking 8 bottles of water within 10 minutes and weren't peeing then you would have a problem.
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I drink at least a gallon of water a day too, people also tell me it's not that healthy ... but they are all people who hardly drink any water.
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Old 07-05-2007, 05:53 PM
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I think your co-worker is referring to hyponatremia. There is such a thing as too much water. I've mostly heard of people getting this after running marathons.
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It's not how much you drink, it's how fast you drink it. Your body can process the amount of water you're drinking over the course of the day no problem.

What your co-worker is likely referring to is if you drink distilled water rather than mineralized water. There's the thought that drinking distilled water will leach minerals and electrolytes out of your system and that will cause your body problems in the long-term.
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Old 07-05-2007, 06:14 PM
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I heard elsewhere that you should drink half your body weight (in ounces) of water a day. That's usually what I aim for, but I don't always achieve it. Ooops!
Yep, it's half your body weight in ounces. So, if you're 120 lbs., then you drink 60 oz. I try to aim for my goal every day too, but don't always reach it. But I feel so much more hydrated now that I drink water all the time.
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Yeah the number that has been passed around is 6-8 cups, not 6-8 water bottles (which would be 12-16 cups.)

There's no definite number on it though, really. If you eat a lot of veggies and fruit, you don't need to drink as much because you get a lot of water in those, and that all counts towards your daily intake. As long as you're not thirsty and your urine is very pale or clear, that is fine. Of all the things people obsess about healthwise, I've never understood the water obsession!

I actually have no idea how much I drink because I drink out of a Nalgene bottle, which I refill at the water cooler whenever I am bored instead of waiting to empty it so I don't keep track of my intake.
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Lol, half my body weight is like around 74-77 so that IS 6-7 12oz water bottles for me! lol

Whatever, I don't care what my coworker says- I love my water! Thanks guys for clearing up the myths!!
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Hahaha - it's funny seeing this thread as I JUST had a test over fluids today!

According to the physician (cardiologist) who taught us, it really depends on what your health status is, your activity level and stress. However, for most normal, healthy individuals, 2-3 Liters of fluid intake per day is average.
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Old 07-06-2007, 08:55 AM
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It's not how much you drink, it's how fast you drink it. Your body can process the amount of water you're drinking over the course of the day no problem.

What your co-worker is likely referring to is if you drink distilled water rather than mineralized water. There's the thought that drinking distilled water will leach minerals and electrolytes out of your system and that will cause your body problems in the long-term.

^ what she said.
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I think your co-worker is referring to hyponatremia. There is such a thing as too much water. I've mostly heard of people getting this after running marathons.
In January 2007 Jennifer Strange, a woman in Sacramento, California, died following a water-drinking contest sponsored by a local radio station, Sacramento-based KDND-FM.[3]. The fact that the contest was called, "Hold your wee for a Wii" has led some to believe that not urinating is related to hyponatremia. This is untrue; this type of water intoxication is caused by excessive and rapid consumption of (sodium-free) water.

i am sorry but i saw this and i could not stop laughing
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In January 2007 Jennifer Strange, a woman in Sacramento, California, died following a water-drinking contest sponsored by a local radio station, Sacramento-based KDND-FM.[3]. The fact that the contest was called, "Hold your wee for a Wii" has led some to believe that not urinating is related to hyponatremia. This is untrue; this type of water intoxication is caused by excessive and rapid consumption of (sodium-free) water.

i am sorry but i saw this and i could not stop laughing
I hardly see how thats funny. That woman left behind a couple of kids.
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I hardly see how thats funny. That woman left behind a couple of kids.
I heard about this story too and do not think it's funny either . The irresponsible DJ was fired and trialed for man slaughter or something.. I don't know what came of it.

Holding in your wee is more dangerous than drinking lots of water as you're holding in all the toxins etc.

I find it so hard to get my 2L daily intake of water and what's worse is that I drink tea which just negates all the H2O that I do drink!
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This is how people die while on Ecstasy sometimes - drinking way too much water. It's rare but there have been a few cases.

I drink like 3 litres of water a day plus juices and teas. Yikes!!
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I hardly see how thats funny. That woman left behind a couple of kids.
Yeah, I guess I'm also missing the joke here...
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I heard about this story too and do not think it's funny either . The irresponsible DJ was fired and trialed for man slaughter or something.. I don't know what came of it.

Holding in your wee is more dangerous than drinking lots of water as you're holding in all the toxins etc.

I find it so hard to get my 2L daily intake of water and what's worse is that I drink tea which just negates all the H2O that I do drink!
Actually drinking tea has benefits, especially Green Tea...don't count out tea!

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^^^ Yes I know but tea (and coffee) is a diuretic so it doesn't really count when you're talking about trying to hydrate you body.
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Oh and Chinese tea and Japanese Green tea is also meant to be able to sequester fats! So it's good to drink it while or after eating oily and fatty foods.
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That's disgusting. I hope they win.
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In January 2007 Jennifer Strange, a woman in Sacramento, California, died following a water-drinking contest sponsored by a local radio station, Sacramento-based KDND-FM.[3]. The fact that the contest was called, "Hold your wee for a Wii" has led some to believe that not urinating is related to hyponatremia. This is untrue; this type of water intoxication is caused by excessive and rapid consumption of (sodium-free) water.

i am sorry but i saw this and i could not stop laughing
Yeah. There is nothing funny about that.
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In January 2007 Jennifer Strange, a woman in Sacramento, California, died following a water-drinking contest sponsored by a local radio station, Sacramento-based KDND-FM.[3]. The fact that the contest was called, "Hold your wee for a Wii" has led some to believe that not urinating is related to hyponatremia. This is untrue; this type of water intoxication is caused by excessive and rapid consumption of (sodium-free) water.

i am sorry but i saw this and i could not stop laughing
Huh? Sad and tragic, not funny.

Anything with caffeine (tea, coffee, etc.) can't count for hydration.

I'm a pretty big water drinker; nothing beats it for quenching thirst and staying hydrated.
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It doesn't sound like you are drinking too much water.

Funny that you mention this is coming from a coworker who drinks a lot of diet pop b/c its actually distilled water that supposedly leeches minerals/calcium from your bones and this is what they use to make soda. I've never heard anything about non distilled water flushing minerals, though.
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