How much water should I drink?

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-23-2009
How much water should I drink?
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Mon, 02-23-2009 - 2:04pm
I've heard that you should drink 8, 8-oz glasses of water every day.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 3:04pm
The recommendation has changed over the years. There was no scientific research on the 8 glasses a day but somehow the idea took off.





iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2008
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 8:26pm
Although unscientific, I have also heard that when you go to the bathroom, what you see in the toilet should be almost colorless.
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Registered: 11-09-2001
Mon, 02-23-2009 - 9:51pm
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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 7:17am

That is actually not unscientific... it is true. One of the credos we use at Burning Man (where hydration is SUPER important) is "piss clear." The darker your urine is, the closer you are to dehydration. Of course, there are some foods/vitamins that will make urine more orange/darker but it's generally a good guideline to use.

I am a bad person to ask about this because my water bottle is like my pacifier. I walk around with it all day and if I don't have water nearby, I get a little panicky.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 7:29am

If I'm doing long runs, I'm careful about hydration but if the workout is under an hour, I go by thirst.






iVillage Member
Registered: 07-09-2008
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 7:43am

I have also heard that somewhere around 90% of headaches are due to dehydration.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 8:14am

I'm curious about that 90%.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 12:32pm

if i only drank when i was thirsty i'd be dehydrated, and headachey, all the time. as it is, i'm dehydrated a lot of the time.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-20-2003
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 1:12pm
I guess I have problems with the whole idea that we no longer know our bodies. I mean, did the Ingall girls walk around w/ their bottles of water or did they have headaches all the time because they didn't drink enough?





iVillage Member
Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 02-24-2009 - 11:18pm

when i think of olden times, i think of people going to the well and guzzling like 3 cups of water at once. if we did that a couple of times a day we wouldn't need to carry water bottles around sipping. i think the water bottle phenomenon is for people who don't like to have to wait to get to the well and would rather sip constantly. whereas i'm not a sipper so what i need to do is be a well-gulper, but with all the modern distractions it's easy to forget.

i think we are agreeing because i agree we can know our own bodies and just be able to know how much water we need. i just think that, at least for some people, it's not going to be solely based on thirst. we'll still know how much we need but it just might be through different senses.

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