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Old 06-07-2016, 10:23 AM
 
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Water is essential for maintaining the kidneys in good working order and for preventing dehydration and other health issues. The rule of thumb has been advertised as "drink 8 X 8." That means drink 8 cups (8 oz. each) a day.

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) however recommends the following:

For men, approximately 13 cups (3 liters) a day.

For women, 9 cups (2.2 liters) a day.

How much do you take in a day?

I have to admit, in the past I've fallen short of the mark, but now I'm trying to do about a cup an hour.
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Old 06-07-2016, 01:32 PM
 
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I don't drink much plain water and I find this emphasis on a certain amount of water per day a little strange. So many people these days carry around a big water bottle wherever they go and are religious about drinking so many cups every day. No one did this when I was little. Was everyone really dehydrated then? Or do we really not need all that much plain water after all?

I prefer green tea, and drink a great deal--6+ cups a day. But supposedly this "doesn't count."

Anyway, I can't see much difference between eating a sandwich and drinking a cup of water, and eating a bowl of soup. Aren't they exactly the same to your stomach?
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:34 PM
 
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I don't drink much plain water and I find this emphasis on a certain amount of water per day a little strange. So many people these days carry around a big water bottle wherever they go and are religious about drinking so many cups every day. No one did this when I was little. Was everyone really dehydrated then? Or do we really not need all that much plain water after all?

I prefer green tea, and drink a great deal--6+ cups a day. But supposedly this "doesn't count."

Anyway, I can't see much difference between eating a sandwich and drinking a cup of water, and eating a bowl of soup. Aren't they exactly the same to your stomach?
You make some good points. And according to WebMD, tea does count. That was a myth that was debunked. Also a lot of fruits and other ways to add to your water intake, including soup. Check out the article.

What Counts as Water? How to Stay Hydrated
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:37 PM
 
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I drink quite a bit, but probably could use more. 32 oz during my work out, refill and drink 16 oz on my way home. Usually another 48 throughout the day.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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I have to be quite careful about fluid intake b/c I had a gastric bypass in 2010. Getting dehydrated happens quite fast for me. My surgeon specifically said that the 8x8 rule was a guedtimate. We take in fluid with our foods - think about watermelon or a juicy orange. Everyone has to find their level. If you're not constipated or having irregular heart beats, don't worry.
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Old 06-07-2016, 04:30 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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I actually try to get in about 100 oz. per day, especially with the mugginess (here) of summer coming. I can actually tell a difference in how energetic I feel and even how I deal with stress (it may be a placebo effect) depending on how much water I drink.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I don't "drink" that much per day, unless I'm doing something that makes me REALLY thirsty! You do know you get lots of fluid from food and other drinks....so there's no need to force water into your body, unless you really are doing something majorly physical in high heat!
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:35 PM
 
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My body lets me know when I'm thirsty and have never really paid much attention to it. I did notice on a recent trip to Colorado that I consumed as least 3-4x as much water daily (vs. the humid southeast where I live). I found it very annoying to need to bring lots of water even when you were only going to be outside for a few hours.
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Old 06-08-2016, 05:26 PM
 
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The best general rule of thumb I've heard is that you should drink half your body weight in ounces of water. So for me, that would be 50 ounces a day since I weigh 100 lbs. I don't drink quite that much, but I do take in other fluids (only one cup of coffee). I disagree with the 8 (8oz) glasses a day for everyone since weight does matter in this instance. Also, really active people may need more than others.

From what I understand, by the time you get thirsty your body is probably already dehydrated to an extent.
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Old 06-09-2016, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Well I am probably in the minority here, but I wonder if this drinking so much water unless you have a condition like southernbelle: I don't mean we shouldn't consume water and probably more than many of us do, but for some, drinking too much means get up and pee all night long. I drink probably about a liter plus a day, maybe a little more and coffee in the morning. I just had my annual check up; my kidneys are in great shape and i don't see to have any ailments that drinking more water would make a difference.
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