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Old 12-31-2009, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Tucson
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I don't normally post in this section, but decided to share with you a couple of articles because I was shocked to find out how many problems dehydration may cause.

I don't like water and never felt the need for it. Up until a few months ago I hardly drank any and figured I get enough of it in the form of soda, juice, beer, etc. I may very well be paying for this ignorance now and it'd be good to save at least one idiot like me!

Dehydration Can Cause Chronic Pain and Many Degenerative Diseases.

Asthma, Lupus & Water | ENCOGNITIVE.COM
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Old 01-01-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Thank you for that information. I know I don't drink enough fluids (water in particular) and that I'm always dehydrated. I had a Naturopath tell me that when I went to her years back. I do have a few of the chronic problems listed in that article.
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Old 01-01-2010, 02:04 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I get leg cramps when I don't drink enough water, usually rousing me from sleep with a very painful charley horse. Other times my fingers cramp up. So these days, I am very careful about spacing out my water druing the day. I never knew why I got such bad leg cramps until a friend who is an outdoor nut told me!

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Old 01-01-2010, 02:44 PM
 
Location: home state of Myrtle Beach!
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I get leg cramps when I don't drink enough water, usually rousing me from sleep with a very painful charley horse. Other times my fingers cramp up. So these days, I am very careful about spacing out my water druing the day. I never knew why I got such bad leg cramps until a friend who is an outdoor nut told me!
Hubby gets those too and he gets them a lot but he claims he drinks enough during the day but its usually soda and coffee. Can't help someone that doesn't want to be helped!

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Old 01-02-2010, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Sherman Oaks, CA
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I don't drink enough water either. Over a year ago I was having trouble with osteoarthritis in my thumbs, and went to physical therapy a couple of times (I stopped, because each visit required a $20 copayment that I just couldn't afford). The therapist manipulated my thumb, and then asked how much water I drink. I was a bit taken aback, but I told him honestly, "Not enough." He then commented, "The joint feels really dry." Huh?!

In the second link, it says that people should drink half their body weight in water every day? There's no way I could do that. 67 oz. of water a day for me?? Yikes. That's over a half gallon! I could try to work up to it slowly, but my kidneys seem to be extremely efficient.
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Old 01-02-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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That is only about 6 cans of pop if it gives you a better visual on how much you should drink. But you should increase it slowly. Smart Water is amazingly tasty. It reminds me of snow. And there is a cute little goldfish on in inside of the label. I can chug of liter of that which is not my normal water style. I am usually a sipper.
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Old 03-07-2010, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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I'm wondering how many of you guys realize that there has never been a shred of evidence to support the old "you should drink 8 glasses of water a day" adage? The original study, believe it or not, that spawned that myth was conducted waaaay back in the 1940's! And it was so limited--about three dozen participants if I recall--so as to render ti all but meaningless. I see people at the gym everyday where I work carrying around half-gallons jugs. They think they are being healthy, but pure and simply, they are usually over-hydrating. Young women seem to be the worst. Maybe they drink all that water so as to curb their appetite? Anyway, it's very unecessary.
Bottom line: all you gott do is drink when you're thirst and watch your salt intake. And don't drink too many diuretics, like coffee and coke. You'll be fine.
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Old 03-07-2010, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm wondering how many of you guys realize that there has never been a shred of evidence to support the old "you should drink 8 glasses of water a day" adage? The original study, believe it or not, that spawned that myth was conducted waaaay back in the 1940's! And it was so limited--about three dozen participants if I recall--so as to render ti all but meaningless. I see people at the gym everyday where I work carrying around half-gallons jugs. They think they are being healthy, but pure and simply, they are usually over-hydrating. Young women seem to be the worst. Maybe they drink all that water so as to curb their appetite? Anyway, it's very unecessary.
Bottom line: all you gott do is drink when you're thirst and watch your salt intake. And don't drink too many diuretics, like coffee and coke. You'll be fine.
Yea I see that..lol guys walking around with a gallon of water.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:59 AM
 
Location: :~)
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Default I agree

I have questioned the theory and could not find any statistics to support the claim. But, if I limit myself to thirst, I truthfully feel horrible. I normally drink about 12+ cups a day. If I maintain that level I feel energized and ready for day, almost like the caffiene affect.
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Old 03-08-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: South FL
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I don't normally post in this section, but decided to share with you a couple of articles because I was shocked to find out how many problems dehydration may cause.

I don't like water and never felt the need for it. Up until a few months ago I hardly drank any and figured I get enough of it in the form of soda, juice, beer, etc. I may very well be paying for this ignorance now and it'd be good to save at least one idiot like me!

Dehydration Can Cause Chronic Pain and Many Degenerative Diseases.

Asthma, Lupus & Water | ENCOGNITIVE.COM
You are not an idiot, many people don't realize that they should be drinking pure water to truly hydrate.
Good articles and better late then never!
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