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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:08
How much water should you drink in a day? My trainer says 1 gallon. I can do 3 litres, but that last just doesn't want to go down. Seems like that's all I do
What's you take on how much water I should drink in a day. 60 yo, 157 lbs, 5'7"

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:30
Water maintains proper metabolism and every cell in our body needs water. Fruits and vegtables contain rich sources of water and they also help us stay hydrated.

Water regulates blood sugar because if your body gets low on water, everything becomes concentrated. This includes your blood sugar. When you are dehydrated, your urine gets darker, you become constipated and your blood sugars go up. So water does filters out sugar from our bodies.

So Yes, drink water but other sources like fruits and veggies count too! You might try Ocean Spray Diet Cran with 2 grams of sugar ...mix 1/2 cran with 1/2 water, lemon water or water with sliced cucumber or berries.

There is such a thing as too much is call water intoxication...maybe do a web search on water intoxication and learn about water.

Just remember everything is good for you in moderation.
5 06 6 glasses should be sufficient along with fruits and veggies that are high in water content.


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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 17:50
You get almost all your water requirements from your diet...

So long as you aren't going to the loo every 5 minutes and when you do go it's 'pale and plentiful' (to paraphrase a doctor friend) you are properly hydrated...

A few extra glasses won't hurt though.

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Posted: 12 Jul 2013, 21:33
That is a great line from your doc riocaz.

Drinking plenty of water helps keep you regular too Smile

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 00:04
I think it depends on your weight and other factors like how much you exercise. A baseline given to an average person is about 100 oz, which is less than a gallon. The important thing is to keep body hydrated well, and you should not feel like you are dry in the mouth/lips at any time. I have a hard time reaching that 100 oz every day. Note that this amount includes other sources like fruits etc.

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 01:02
The metabolism will function more efficiently with water.

Some experts recommend drink one ounce of water for every pound.

Another formulation states take your body weight and multiply by 2/3, plus add 12 ounces for workouts totaling 30 minutes. A person weighing 150 pounds would need to drink 100 ounces per day, plus 12 ounces if they were to workout.

In my opinion drink at least eight glasses of water daily. Never ignore thirst.

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 01:11
The 8x8 glasses a day recommendation likely comes from a 1945 science paper error!

There is no scientific evidence to support it, just do as riocaz says

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Posted: 13 Jul 2013, 10:51
Once read an article that said if you only drink when you're thirsty, chances are you're on the dehydrated side.

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Posted: 16 Jul 2013, 14:14
A friend of mine (on a collegiate soccer team) told me a theory I like, it is 1oz water for every 2lbs of weight. That is your baseline... any non sugar, non carbonated beverage counts, such as natural fruit juice unsweetend tea or coffee. Try to drink more right before and during heavy workouts. Now for me that is 126 oz of water, which is still less than a gallon (by 2oz) for 157 it would be 79 oz.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2013, 03:31
Just to add to the confusion, my mom was told by her doctor to cut back on her water intake when she was drinking around 5 liters a day.
Apparently her blood tests showed she was flushing out important minerals I think she said.
So you CAN get too much of a good thing I guess Smile
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Posted: 17 Jul 2013, 12:38
I try to stick with 1/2 my weight in oz; I get where the old research of 8 cups a day makes sense - that would be adequate for a 130lb person.

One of the reasons you need to drink more water if you're eating less is because, as mentioned above, food contains water. When you decrease the food, you're decreasing water intake.

Sometimes too much water will flush the minerals; it's all about the nutrition being taken in with it.
I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.

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Posted: 17 Jul 2013, 14:51
It's true Polynomia. You can get too much water. It flushes out a lot of essential minerals and electrolytes. There was some sort of water drinking contest somewhere where a woman died of heart failure (I think she drank something ridiculous like 8 L). When your electrolytes are too low your heart will suffer (you need them for electrical impulses) as well as other bodily functions.

If you eat your servings of fruits and veggies they too are sources of water. A gallon is a lot of you are 5 foot gal but not so much if you are a 6 foot guy. Half your body weight in ounces would be a maximum for me. If you are working out and sweating you can add more.

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