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Do you drink enough?

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  • Yes, I go to great lengths to make sure I get enough water.

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My goal for the next month, or at least up until New Years', is to get into the habit of drinking my 64 ounces a day. I've never consistently done it, but when I do go for a couple days, I sure notice it. I'm not as lethargic, I can focus more clearly, my skin clears up (pimple residue heals faster as well), and I feel less "pudgy".<br><br>
What about you? Do you drink enough? If you do, can you see a difference in your daily life? Do you have any tips in making it a habit?
 

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I sure as hell don't do it and need some advice.
 

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Carry a water bottle around with you?
 

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You don't actually need to drink 64 oz of water a day. Other beverages count, and there's also water in most foods, especially fruits and vegetables (and some argue that the liquid in fruits/veg are better absorbed and used by the body than actual water anyway). You shouldn't force yourself to drink more than you feel you need to. Too much water can be harmful as well.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3055901"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
You don't actually need to drink 64 oz of water a day. Other beverages count, and there's also water in most foods, especially fruits and vegetables (and some argue that the liquid in fruits/veg are better absorbed and used by the body than actual water anyway). You shouldn't force yourself to drink more than you feel you need to. Too much water can be harmful as well.</div>
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That's been my understanding of it as well. Also caffeinated beverages like coffee should be fine. There's a pretty common myth that coffee has a dehydrating effect.
 

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Since I crush my meds and swallow them with a shot of water, I associate water with nasty meds and it's really hard for me to drink it plain. I like to add a little lime juice. My boyfriend has been putting glasses of water in front of me a couple times a day because I don't drink enough water either. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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I always wondered about this, since coffee tends to help me go to the bathroom.
 

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Oh dear God yes. My nerd cave is littered with water bottles like the sitting room of a town drunk. Drinking water is like a hobby to me, and considering all my other bad habits it's probably the only reason I manage to stay perky and happy.<br><br>
Just stock up your fridge with water bottles, and when you're thirsty grab one of those instead of soda or whatever you usually drink. Fill the bottles up when you get through with them, so you don't needlessly waste plastic.<br><br>
You'll eventually get used to it, and soon you won't be able to drink soda or other sugary, nasty drinks without thinking about how impure they taste.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>rabid_child</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3055901"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
You don't actually need to drink 64 oz of water a day. Other beverages count, and there's also water in most foods, especially fruits and vegetables (and some argue that the liquid in fruits/veg are better absorbed and used by the body than actual water anyway). You shouldn't force yourself to drink more than you feel you need to. Too much water can be harmful as well.</div>
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I know that you can get water poisoning, but that's with way more than 64 oz. If you overshoot the mark and hit, say, 80 oz, I don't think it's really going to hurt you.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>LilBigBug</strong> <a href="/forum/post/3055949"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I always wondered about this, since coffee tends to help me go to the bathroom.</div>
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That's the caffeine in the coffee, not the water content. But yeah, tea and coffee seem like a good water source to me - after all, water is your starting ingredient, and you're just adding coffee/tea to it.
 

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Water poisoning can and has killed people, but it's not like it's a common thing. People hear you drink a lot of water and bam, someone always brings up water poisoning. You need to drink a LOT, and I mean a LOT, of water to even have a chance of it being immediately harmful to you, and in a relatively short amount of time. People make way too big of a deal out of that.
 

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get a reusable water bottle (the environment will thank you) and keep it with you at all times. i drink a lot of water usually but sometimes i stop because i get annoyed by having to pee all the time
 

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get a reusable water bottle (the environment will thank you) and keep it with you at all times. i drink a lot of water usually but sometimes i stop because i get annoyed by having to pee all the time</div>
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That <i>is</i> annoying. But I find that I can see how healthy I've been based on the clear color of the pee. If I hold it in all day, and don't drink much water, I hate how dark it can get.
 

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I was never a big fan of water, it just tastes like water... at best.<br>
My habit for staying hydrated while saving money and not rotting my teeth is making weak (usually herb) tea with my espresso machine. I load it with a little of a base herb like lemon balm, strawberry leaves, or grape leaves and then a pinch or two of a flavor herb like sage, thyme, oregano, or loose green tea. I blast a cup of water through that and dilute to 2 cups so its not too hot to drink, I can blast the same little bit of herbs 3 or 4 times. If you tear open tea bags, half the contents is usually enough but I can only blast that 2-3 times since the herb is ground so fine.<br>
Its just basically water and antioxidants- no sugar or artificial anything and dirt cheap if your resourceful or have a garden.<br>
Not counting coffee my beverages cost a grand total of $8 this year for about 150 gallons of tea, and didnt taste like water.
 

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Always have it on you. I don't go anywhere without a bottle, and I tend to drink about a gallon a day.
 

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That's the caffeine in the coffee, not the water content. But yeah, tea and coffee seem like a good water source to me - after all, water is your starting ingredient, and you're just adding coffee/tea to it.</div>
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Really, the caffeine? I never knew that.
 

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Really, the caffeine? I never knew that.</div>
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Yeah. Think of how soda makes you have to go, too. Caffeine makes some go #2 as well...a cup of water isn't going to do that.
 

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I believe caffeine is only a diuretic in large amounts.</div>
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It is definitely a laxative though.
 

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If I'm not exercising, I aim to drink at least 75cl a day plus coffee. I fill a bottle that size in the morning and carry it everywhere til it's gone by the end of the day. If I'm exercising, I'll drink twice that. Generally seems enough to keep my pee nice and pale.
 
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