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Old 06-21-2011, 02:52 PM
 
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Forgive me if this is the wrong thread (not sure if it should be in here or 'Food & Drink').

So, I'm horrible with drinking water. I always knew that I never got enough, was probably dehydrated, but just couldn't get myself to drink an adequate amount. Normally I'd drink maybe 16-20oz a day, if I remembered, but sometimes less if I forgot. It's actually fairly common for me to be complaining that I'm tired or don't feel well for a few hours, only to "realize" that I'm just thirsty.

A few weeks ago I decided I should probably change, and with the help of a new water bottle I've upped my intake to about 60oz per day (turns out I love bite valves). However, I'm not sure I like it! I'm constantly going to the bathroom (at least every 2 hours during the day) and feel more thirsty than I used to. Is this normal? I can deal with the thirst thing, but having to run to the bathroom all the time is really cutting into my schedule, and is especially becoming a problem during appointments/meetings. More than once I've just barely made it home from work and my commute is only about 30 minutes.
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Old 06-21-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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it's fine.... when you drink more water, you go to the bathroom more. If you really don't like drinking so much water, you should try having a couple glasses of green tea per day. It has a a lot of antioxidants and helps speed up your metabolism. Extremely healthy.
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:57 PM
 
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If you are going every 2 hours, then you are drinking to much water.
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:10 PM
 
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Agreed with infiri - but also you aren't mentioning what ELSE you are drinking. Are you drinking coffee, tea, any other caffeinated beverages? Are you taking diuretics for any reason, or taking medications that have diuretic side effects?

You also might be depleting your potassium levels with so much water. If there is some reason why you feel you need to drink SO much of it, then eat a banana every day too. You don't "need" to drink a gallon of water every day, and jumping from 16 to 60 ounces daily is extreme.

How about, cutting back to oh, say - 32 ounces daily (twice the minimum you usually drink)?
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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A few weeks ago I decided I should probably change, and with the help of a new water bottle I've upped my intake to about 60oz per day (turns out I love bite valves). However, I'm not sure I like it! I'm constantly going to the bathroom (at least every 2 hours during the day) and feel more thirsty than I used to. Is this normal? I can deal with the thirst thing, but having to run to the bathroom all the time is really cutting into my schedule, and is especially becoming a problem during appointments/meetings. More than once I've just barely made it home from work and my commute is only about 30 minutes.
You might want to get checked for diabetes. Frequent thirst and urination is a symptom.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:34 AM
 
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For women under the age of 65, the recommendation is to drink 6-8 cups of fluid a day (or half your body weight in ounces - so a 120lb woman will drink 60oz). It sounds like your goal of 60oz a day is a good one.

It's also perfectly acceptable (even expected) to have to urinate 4-7 times a day. It sounds like you're within that range. You did make a big jump, though, so you might have an easier time of it and less urgency if you increase your intake slowly. Also remember that other fluids count toward your goal. That includes other beverages, watery fruits and veggies, and more.

You're also right to pay attention to your thirst. You used to be oblivious to your thirst/dry mouth and now you're hyper-aware. That should ease. If it doesn't, and your thirst and fluid intake continue to increase without abating your thirst, then diabetes could be a concern. From what you've said here so far it really doesn't sound that way, though.

Question: How long before bed do you stop drinking for the night and do you have to get up during the night to pee?
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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For women under the age of 65, the recommendation is to drink 6-8 cups of fluid a day (or half your body weight in ounces - so a 120lb woman will drink 60oz). It sounds like your goal of 60oz a day is a good one.

It's also perfectly acceptable (even expected) to have to urinate 4-7 times a day. It sounds like you're within that range. You did make a big jump, though, so you might have an easier time of it and less urgency if you increase your intake slowly. Also remember that other fluids count toward your goal. That includes other beverages, watery fruits and veggies, and more.

You're also right to pay attention to your thirst. You used to be oblivious to your thirst/dry mouth and now you're hyper-aware. That should ease. If it doesn't, and your thirst and fluid intake continue to increase without abating your thirst, then diabetes could be a concern. From what you've said here so far it really doesn't sound that way, though.

Question: How long before bed do you stop drinking for the night and do you have to get up during the night to pee?
7 times is really? that is acceptable??
I would fire an employee for taking to much breaks, (just kidding).

7 times would be polyuria, if it is more then 2.5 litters, then it would be polyuria, and 7 times a day, is my guess it would be more then 2.5 litters.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:16 PM
 
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The food you eat contains water, too....and that counts toward your daily intake. If you're not thirsty, you are probably drinking enough liquid...doesn't really matter if it's pure water or not...any liquid will hydrate you.
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Old 06-22-2011, 01:33 PM
 
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The food you eat contains water, too....and that counts toward your daily intake. If you're not thirsty, you are probably drinking enough liquid...doesn't really matter if it's pure water or not...any liquid will hydrate you.
"ANY" liquid will hydrate?" That is incorrect. Alcohol will dehydrate, as will caffeinated beverages. Oils, which are liquid, contain no water at all and will not provide any hydration.

Also, not everyone has a perfect thirst drive. Before I started drinking water instead of other things, I used to drink one cup of coffee in the morning, and enough water to swallow my thyroid medicine at night before bedtime (a few sips), and that's all I would drink all day long. My legs were very dry looking and chapped, as were my hands. But I wasn't ever thirsty and saw no reason to drink water, let alone anything else. Obviously, that was going to lead to nothing good. And fortunately, I got wise and started at least -trying- to drink another glass of water every day, even if I wasn't thirsty.

Then I discovered that I liked spring water, AND that I didn't really like ice water. I ALSO discovered that if I'm stuck drinking tap water at restaurants, it's not too bad when you squeeze a lemon wedge in it.

So I learned how to enjoy drinking water, for its own sake, and now drink at -least- a half litre every day, sometimes a full litre, and occasionally a bit more than that. Plus my usual morning cup of coffee. My body has also become accustomed to it, and I now have a more healthy thirst drive and feel real actual thirst for the first time in decades.
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Old 06-22-2011, 02:48 PM
 
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I used to drink 6-7 diet sodas per day and maybe a small glass of juice or water. Then I started getting bad charley horses and got told I was dehydrated. So I quit cold turkey and went to water. Funny thing is my blood glucose improved and my weak split nails became steel talons that need at least bi-weekly cutting.

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