Staying Hydrated

@hcromer (2712)
United States
June 10, 2007 11:41am CST
I had always heard that you were supposed to drink 8 8-oz servings of water per day to stay hydrated until a couple days ago. I read that you are supposed to divide your weight in half and that is how many ounces of water that you should drink per day. How much water do you usually drink per day? Do you have any secrets to try to get all of your servings of water in per day?
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@FSCAries (881)
• United States
10 Jun 07
In health class I learned that when you feel the sensation of thirst you are actually already at a point of low hydration. So I always try to have a bottle of water with me that I can refill throughout the day, but I think as far as how much you ought to have, I think it's the more the better.
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@freak369 (4922)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I drink a lot throughout the day but only half of what I drink is water - I admit it, I drink way too much iced tea and diet soda but there are times when water just doesn't cut it with me. On the up side, I don't use sugar, only sweeteners that are calorie free. It's impossible to say how much water a person should drink a day, at least 6 glasses is a good start. When it's warm out and I am sweating a lot I use sport supplement drinks like Powerade (sugar free) to try and get some lost minerals.
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• United States
11 Jun 07
I agree with you that sometimes water just doesn't cut it. For example, when I awake in the mornings, I am thirsty and only a Diet Dr. Pepper will do! It may be a symptom of addiction! :-)
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
I usually have a big pot of tea during the evenings. So actually, even if I drink nothing for the rest of the day, I should think I have met the minimum. But I do drink water too throughout the day. I just drink when I feel thirsty. I probably drink more water than most people. :P
• Singapore
10 Jun 07
Tell me you are kidding please.. you have a link? I am talking about green tea btw... not some sugared stuff...
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Tea and coffee are both diuretics, which mean they help draw water out of you. So yes drinking the tea does not help to hydrate you.
• Singapore
11 Jun 07
Ok.. so assuming 50%, I am fine then... Anyway I really think I drink more water than most. :P
• United States
11 Jun 07
I have never heard of that before. From what I have been told by physicians (and I'm not one, mind you), you can judge how well you are hydrated by the color of your urine. Gross, I know, but it's the truth. Your urine should be very pale and clear. The darker it is, the less hydrated you are.
• United States
11 Jun 07
I drink mostly coffee. Not too much water. I heard that the water bottling companies are the ones who promote 8oz per day.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Three years ago when I was so successful in losing 50 pounds of weight using the Weight Watcher system, I was religious about drinking 8 glasses of water per day. I can tell you that from that I learned that often I was mistaking thirst for hunger and that drinking water certainly does make one feel better in many ways! Some of my secrets to drink more water were to place a slice of lemon in the water, to make myself drink a full glass before each meal. I sipped on water all day through a water bottle.
@vonne28th (1494)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
I usually drink 15 glasses of water a day. I always drink H20,2 hours after each meal or when i'm thirsty. I love to drink water.
@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
11 Jun 07
Hello hcromer. I have been a water drinker for many years already. As a matter of fact, I don't use a glass to drink but a bottle instead here in my house. I just drink when I feel the need to quench my thirst. I don't count the number of times I drank in a day. In-between water, I also indulged in decaffeinated drinks and green tea. For as long as I feel good and not feeling any thirsty at all, I guess I'm on the right track. Besides, water is also a good way of chasing away wrinkles, LOL!
@filmbuff (2909)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Those same studies of the past always said that it had to be water, and that the liquid from other sources didn't count. There have been many recent studies to prove that it is untrue. The fact of the matter is, is that most of what eat and drink contains water. So you are often getting the amount that you need anyways from other sources. Coffee, juice, fruit, meat etc all have a high water content that your body does absorb. I wouldn't worry too much about staying hydrated because you already probably are.
@emeraldisle (13146)
• United States
11 Jun 07
When I was studying to be a home health aid they told us it's 8, 8 ounces of water per day if you are at ideal weight. For every 10 pounds over weight you have to add an extra 8 ounces of water. I very rarely drink water although I'm trying to drink more. It has a tendency to make my stomach upset so I have avoided it. However I know I need it for other reasons. So I'm trying.
• United States
11 Jun 07
ugh, that's my SUMMER goal is to get (8) 8-oz in everyday. forget the weight thing you mentioned, that's TOO much water i'd have to drink! lol! BUT i love arrowhead bottled water, and i can drink the tap, BUT arrowhead sells the little 8-oz bottles. well my friend gave me one. it is SO much easier to down 8-oz vs. having a huge 64-oz bottle hanging out all day, (which is what i had tried previously). and then i just use tally marks to count thru the day. i just keep refilling the lil 8-oz bottle. i've been doing this for 2 weeks, well started it 2 weeks ago, and got my full amount in only 3 days out of those 2 weeks! LOL! WOO...bad, it's hard! but i know there are so many benefits to remaining hydrated. and i drink much more water in the summertime!
@chargoans (940)
• United States
11 Jun 07
Okay the suggested use of water is 64 oz per day, regardless of height or weight. I am not a water drinker. I usually don't drink water unless I am working out in the hot sun. If I am at home for the day, I usually have a glass of tea or diet soda. By not drinking water, and replacing it with diet sodas, I have put on quite a bit of weight. I have been informed that if I were to replace water for my usual sodas, that I could probably lose substantial amount fo weight in a few weeks! I am just addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper and have drank it for years!
@SarahPT (136)
• United States
11 Jun 07
It is impossible to say how much water a person should drink based on weight. Everyone is very different. Some people sweat a lot naturally, even without being active. They need more water than those who don't sweat as much. Those who are more active need more than those who are less active. Personally I drink more than a gallon a day. However, I am an athlete and exercise strenuously most days. I also tend to sweat a lot even when I'm not working out. Sarah Brown www.sarahpersonaltraining.com
@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
10 Jun 07
If you wait until you are thirsty then you are at dehydration. I keep a water bottle in the car with me and take one to work to drink as I clean those hot factories. I count soup, tea, juice, watermelon all as fluid intake also. I think I might drink/eat a liter or so a day.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
10 Jun 07
I think its good to drink around 6 glasses of water a day and thats what I do. Did you know when you drink 6 to 8 glasses of water aday you feel more energic. I guess because your hydrated. So heres to drinking water.LOL
• India
10 Jun 07
i am poor drinker of water. people do say tht some of my health problem is becasue i drink very little water,but i just cant drink enough. i usually sip thru the day, i havent drank i-2 glasses of water in one go. i dont take other liquid foods too to suplement