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45 2/20/13 12:54 P
Interesting that people are responding to the article with the assumption that the author is telling you to NOT drink water. I didn't get that from the article at all. Instead, I think the article debunks a few myths about what drinking water can and can't do for you. I found it helpful because I sometimes get down on myself for not always drinking 8 glasses a day. Instead, I think you should listen to your body's signals. That is what I got from reading myth #1. I don't think the article is saying that there aren't benefits to drinking water or suggesting that you "drink your calories". Instead I think it is saying: "water is great, but here are some things that aren't true about it". I drink water because I don't want to drink my calories and I don't like artificial sweeteners. I find that the more artificial sweeteners I have, the more I crave sugar (this is just for me personally). I also drink it because it helps me feel fuller before and after meals. I drink it after workouts because if it was a good workout, I'm usually thirsty.
Interesting discussion. A friend just happened to post this on Facebook tonight. I had read it before, somewhere else:
"Mayo Clinic How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night!!
Heart Attack and Water - I never knew all of this ! Interesting.......
Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor - Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. This then ties in with the last statement! I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me. Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!
Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body: 2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs 1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion 1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure 1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack
I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse"
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141 2/18/13 9:03 A
I love water! There are "experts" on both sides to every story, but regardless - it's calorie free and helps fill me up when I have the munchies.
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3 2/18/13 7:54 A
Who is this Goldfarb character anyway? Water is your best friend when trying to loose weight! A) it helps you to feel full. B) it has zero calories C) Inadequate water consumption can lead to water retention
I, personally drink lots of water! I find I have lost weight more efficiently drinking more water than when I was just thirsty. Also I find that when I drink more water, I find myself more thirst.
My daughter's Nephrologist suggested me to have my daughter drink eight to ten glasses of water a day, so I am kind of conflicted about what the nephrologist report below says.
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1,021 2/16/13 3:56 P
I feel like the "just drink when you're thirsty" advice doesn't really work for many, many overweight people, since we've often gotten overweight in the first place by confusing thirst signals for hunger signals. If your thirst/hunger signals are functioning properly, the "drink when you're thirsty" approach is probably fine, but I think the majority of Americans are not in this category, and the eight-glasses-a-day recommendation helps people re-train themselves to understand thirst signals vs. hunger signals.
(Also, slightly random side note, now that I've been drinking 8 glasses or so of water per day, I've found that I tend to drink that much even when following the "just drink when thirsty" approach, since that seems to be about how much water I'm thirsty for now that I've straightened out my body's signals.)
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57 2/14/13 1:56 P
I have to agree with Bigislandwow. While I don't know the accuraccy or inaccuracy of many of the "myths" mentioned in the initial post, I do know one of my cousins has had multiple kidney stones. She is an avid diet soda drinker and her doctor is constantly telling her to drink water instead to reduce the chance of the stones. Also have to agree with the poster commenting about the fact that water has zero calories -- would much rather spend my calories on something delicious to eat than my drink.
Water is not to be discounted or undervalued by a single article or quote from some sort of "qualified" source. The entire human body is in need of water, daily, to function. The discussion about the kidneys is also inaccurate and even dangerously misleading. Low water intake can and does lead to kidney stones and other issues. Urologists see and have to treat, sometimes surgically, these problems all the time. Another serious problem associated with "not enough fluid intake", is bowel movement, and retention of fecal matter for long periods of time in the lower intestines. Diverticulitis and constipation are results of not passing lower bowel watse material through the body efficiently.
Water consumption is important. The "how much" rule of thumb, is the body's own indicator, Thirst. Even slight Thirst, should be met with a drinking response. Let your body speak to you.
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2,224 2/1/13 11:30 P
I drink almost only water. Every once in a while I have a tea that's half sweet. But it helps me to feel fuller so I don't overeat. I like water and it has no calories, so I drink it. I read an article that says that drinks make up 20% of the average persons total calories for the day. I'd rather drink water and save those calories for something I like much better!!
Great to see you have released over a 100#. As for drinking water, I buy Spring Water after reading about how bad our water is here in Pensacola. It comes from 38 wells in the area and they have pollution. I usually drink 2 quarts a day and sometimes 3, but when I want it not because I force myself.
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13,337 1/31/13 1:27 P
Myth No. 1: Drink Eight Glasses Each Day
Scientists say there's no clear health benefit to chugging or even sipping water all day. So where does the standard advice of drinking eight glasses each day come from? "Nobody really knows," says Dr. Stanley Goldfarb, a kidney expert at the University of Pennsylvania.
Myth No. 2: Drinking Lots of Water Helps Clear Out Toxins
The kidneys filter toxins from our bloodstreams. Then the toxins clear through the urine. The question is, does drinking extra water each day improve the function of the kidneys?
"No," says Goldfarb. "In fact, drinking large amounts of water surprisingly tends to reduce the kidney's ability to function as a filter. It's a subtle decline, but definite."
Myth No. 3: Lots of Water Equals Healthier Skin
The body is already 60 percent water. So, if you take a 200-pound man, he's 120 pounds of water.
Adding a few extra glasses of water each day has limited effect. "It's such a tiny part of what's in the body," says Goldfarb. "It's very unlikely that one's getting any benefit." His full editorial is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
One study published in 2007 on the cosmetic benefit of drinking water suggests that 500 ml of water increases capillary blood flow in the skin. "But it's unclear whether these changes are clinically significant," says Goldfarb.
Myth No. 4: Drinking Extra Water Leads to Weight Loss
A more accurate statement may be: Drinking water is a helpful tool for dieters.
"Water is a great strategy for dieters because it has no calories," says Madeline Fernstrom of the University of Pittsburgh. "So you can keep your mouth busy without food and get the sense of satisfaction."
But water is not magical, she adds. Other zero-calorie options such as diet sodas are fine, too.
Myth No. 5: It's Easy to Get Dehydrated During a Workout
Dehydration sets in when a person has lost 2 percent of his or her body weight. So for a 200-pound man, this means losing 4 pounds of water.
Marathon runners, bikers and hikers all need to recognize the signs of dehydration. "It is also obvious that individuals in hot, dry climates have increased need for water," says Goldfarb.
The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that athletes drink 16 ounces of fluids a couple of hours before starting sports practice.
But for a stroll in the park, no water bottle is necessary. Goldfarb's advice: Just drink when you're thirsty.
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