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Seriously, do you know how much WATER you should be drinking each day? What happens if you don't?

Posted by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:58 PM
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Poll

Question: How much water should a person drink each day?

Options:

16 oz.

5 cups

8 glasses

other (explain)


Only group members can vote in this poll.

Total Votes: 76

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Coffee doesn't count, neither do sugary juices or pop. 

I'm curious to see your responses.

And BTW, if you think you've guessed the correct amount of water for your body, what is that amount in ounces AND cups? Copy and paste the questions below, then put into your own response with your personal answers.

for those of you who have answered "8 glasses a day," you should weigh less than 120 pounds.

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What's your weight?

How much water in ounces do you need of water each day?

How many "cups" of water is that, actually?

What physical ailments can you suffer from not drinking enough water?

So far, 81% of you are incorrect.

ANSWER: It's "Other," actually.

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How Much Water Should I Drink?

Q: How much water should I drink each day? I hear all kinds of answers, including 1 ounce of water for every pound of body weight, and six to eight 8-ounce glasses. Which is right?

JILLIAN SAYS: Water is a vital part of any diet and exercise program — not to mention life in general — because it aids every aspect of bodily function. Water is a huge component of muscle and is important for energy production, so if you want to make the most of your workout, make sure you're well hydrated.

There is no real one-size-fits-all approach to water consumption. As a general rule of thumb, men should consume 128 ounces of water daily, and women should consume 88 ounces, but this doesn't mean you need to drink this amount of water every day. Other beverages, as well as the moisture content of foods, also count toward your water intake. The following factors affect how much water you should consume:

Exercise: If you exercise or engage in any activity that makes you sweat, you need to drink extra water to compensate for that fluid loss. Drink 12 ounces of water two hours before a workout, and another 12 ounces 30 minutes before you begin. While you are exercising, you should drink 4 to 8 ounces every 15 minutes. You should consume an additional 12 ounces within 30 minutes of the end of your workout. During intense exercise involving significant sweating — say, during a marathon — you may need a sports drink rather than plain water, to replace the sodium lost in sweat.

Environment: In hot or humid weather, you need to drink additional water to help lower your body temperature and to replace what you lose through sweating. You also need additional water in cold weather if you sweat while wearing insulated clothing. Heated indoor air can cause your skin to lose moisture, increasing your daily fluid requirement. Additionally, altitudes higher than 2,500 meters (8,200 feet) can affect how much water your body needs — higher altitudes may trigger increased urination and more rapid breathing, which use up more of your fluid reserves.

 

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ColtsFan1912
by FriendoftheFoot on Oct. 5, 2012 at 3:59 PM
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I love water. I drink it all day.

Bitterroot
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Here is a Hydration Calculator:

http://nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalculator.htm

Click on it, answer the questions, and then let me know what you found.

Bitterroot
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:07 PM

What's your weight? 125 lbs

How much water in ounces do you need of water each day? on average, about half of my body weight in ounces, or a minimum of 62.5 ounces each day.  That's minimum.

How many "cups" of water is that, actually?  That's about 8 "cups" for MY body weight.  If you weigh more than I do, you need to drink more.  If you exercise regularly, you need to drink more.  If you're pregnant and nursing, you need to drink more.

What physical ailments can you suffer from not drinking enough water? Constipation, fatigue, dry mouth, headache, rapid heart rate, urinary infections, if you're pregnant it can cause preterm labor, if you're nursing, it causes lack of milk production, and if you're older, it can cause memory dysfunction.

kansasmom1978
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

I don't drink enough I am sure. 

Bitterroot
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:09 PM

for those of you who have answered "8 glasses a day," you should weigh less than 120 pounds.

Bitterroot
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Premature aging happens if you don't drink enough water.

check your skin right now:  take your index finger, lay it against your cheek, and gently push your index finger into your cheek AND push up towards your eye at the same time.

What do you see?

If you notice plump skin without much wrinkling, you're safe.  If you notice tight and scrunched skin, you need more water.

RMB2011
by Platinum Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:12 PM
I drink about a gallon of water a day. That's what my body needs.
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cueballsmom
by Gold Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM
You have to be careful, though. drinking too much water can kill you. If I drink and am stationary that day, it is about 4-6 8 oz glasses. at work, I consume 3- 4 camel backs of water. that's roughly 6-8 quarts of water. but I want it cause I'm thirsty.
3earthangels
by on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:15 PM
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I drink enough to keep my urine a pale yellow, and i dont feel thirst. I don't mess with measuring or counting, my body tells me what's an appropriate amount is.
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Bitterroot
by Silver Member on Oct. 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM


Quoting cueballsmom:

You have to be careful, though. drinking too much water can kill you. If I drink and am stationary that day, it is about 4-6 8 oz glasses. at work, I consume 3- 4 camel backs of water. that's roughly 6-8 quarts of water. but I want it cause I'm thirsty.


True, but that amount of water would have to be a sustained amount over time.

If you weigh less than 125 pounds, you should be having 62.5 ounces each day, which equates to 8 "cups" (not glasses) a day.  As in measuring cup.

Good job!

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