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Old 05-25-2012, 04:55 AM
 
Location: Mayberry
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By the time I'm thirsty, I'm already dehydrated.
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Old 05-25-2012, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Think what you wish, but I do NOT believe for a minute that it's an old wives tale!
Agreed. 64 oz. of water every day is not a lot.

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Now the recommendation for adults typically is to drink half your body weight in ounces each day. For a 100 pound person that's 50oz and for a 200 pound person it'd be 100oz. It's just a guideline - like all the other food recommendations a day.
Thanks! Another guideline I've read is to go by the color of your urine -- it should be a very pale yellow. If it's not, you need to drink more water.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:58 AM
 
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Another guideline I've read is to go by the color of your urine -- it should be a very pale yellow. If it's not, you need to drink more water.
Agree. I've been told this is the new guideline. The color should be so light that you could read the newspaper through it. I drink about 6-8 glasses of water a day and mine is clear.

If your urine is dark yellow, you need to drink more water.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Another symptom of dehydration is leg cramps. If your foot or leg cramps, it's way past time to drink some water.
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I just feel better when I drink at least a half-gallon of water a day. My skin isn't dry and flaky and has better tone, etc.

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Agree. I've been told this is the new guideline. The color should be so light that you could read the newspaper through it.
I wonder how you go about measuring this ...
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Old 05-25-2012, 01:40 PM
 
Location: Kansas
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I read a few months ago that as you age, I'm 57, the message that you need water is delayed so it is easier to dehydrate plus the fact that skin is thinning and that has to increase moisture loss. I don't know if it is true but they claim a lot of people misread the thirsty signal and feel it is hunger so they suggested drinking some water to see if that extended the time before you ate something. What most people eat, especially many dealing with obesity, doesn't contain that much moisture. That clear liquid dripping from your burger and fries is grease and the sugary soda will only make matters worse.
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Old 05-25-2012, 08:18 PM
 
Location: tampa bay
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I'm an old wife and I believe it!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Miami, fl
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Old wives tale, repeatedly debunked:

In an invited review published online by the American Journal of Physiology August 8, Dr. Valtin, the Vail and Hampers professor emeritus of physiology at Dartmouth Medical School, reports no supporting evidence to back this popular counsel, commonly known as "8 x 8" (for eight, eight-ounce glasses).

Geisel School of Medicine - 'Drink at Least 8 Glasses of Water a Day' - Really?

So the op's article said that because a woman drank herself to death for a radio show contest that 8 cups a day is wrong (great connection there) and now this article featuring a retired kidney research who did a pubmed search on "water and kidneys" and concluded what were probably his previously conceived notions that water is unimportant - based on this let's just throw out 8X8?
To me there doesn't seem to be much in the research either way on it - I would love to see some research on whether "8x8" reduces inflammation or alleviates obesity. Whether it is actually doing something or whether its all placebo - it makes me feel better and drinking that much water does not take much effort at all so I think I'll keep doing it.
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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Another symptom of dehydration is leg cramps. If your foot or leg cramps, it's way past time to drink some water.

My DS 15 complains of lower leg and foot cramps. Last visit to the doc, he said exactly ^^^

Since DS constantly drinks soda, and very little water, well, there you go. Where does he get the soda? Well, he's not my "baby" any more, he gets around, and constantly buys soda.

Well, at least I have doumentation to "what does the doctor say?" He says to drink water!
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Old 05-27-2012, 12:56 AM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...
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Here's what Dr Ben Kim has to say about drinking water and maybe too much water.
Why Drinking Too Much Water Is Dangerous
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