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The amazing effects of water

I've heard about them, I believe in them, but how can I get myself to drink more?? Once in a while it will dawn on me that I've only had 2 cups of coffee and it's about 3pm. Then I'll try to make a conscious effort. But it just doesn't happen.. I'm not a thirsty girl. Sometimes a day goes by and I've barely drunk half a liter. Isn't that terrible? I know it is, and yet can't seem to keep it in the forefront of my healthy habits.

Any suggestions of ways to make it happen?

Thu. Apr 13, 8:16pm

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Do you sit at a desk all day? I do and its really easy. Just fill a large bottle with water at the beginning of the day. Drink until lunchtime. Refill at lunch and drink another. Its just kind of habit.

You may also try crystal light, if you think its the taste thats keeping you from water. Those little packets with a bottle of water make it very tasty.

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 8:29 PM

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lemon in your water may help...

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 8:53 PM

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Also try adding some high-water foods to your diet - grapes and soup come to mind. It's a good way to sneak in some extra water without drinking it straight. I have come to love tea as well.

Thursday, April 13, 2006, 10:19 PM

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Ice in water ...

Don't forget to fill up that water bottle with some ice when you fill/refill. Drinking iced water will force the body to work harder to make that water warm for the body.--Helps up your metabolism!

Friday, April 14, 2006, 2:56 AM

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the thing is to drink constantly, but not necessarily big gulps of water. Get a water bottle or 2 with the required amount of water-- sip every so often at your desk... You'll be amazed at how much you DON't drink in a day... If you sip a little at a time, though, eventually, you'll see that you start to consume more.

Me--when I don't drink enough water, I can see it in the skin in my hands-- they get dry and itchy if I'm not well-hydrated!

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 1:54 PM

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I agree with the above poster. I started with 12 oz. water bottles and getting like 5 of them in a day, I quickly graduated to 16 oz. water bottles and now I'm drinking 20 oz water bottles - one gallon a day!!! My bladder has slowly gotten stronger as well!!! I have a water cooler and I just keep re-filling the water bottles. I shoot for having 2 20 oz. bottles for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner and "x" them off as I go. Good luck!! You can do it just start out with baby steps!!!

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 3:22 PM

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i make it a point to drink 2 liters before noon..well i usually get them in while riding my bike at 6am..its a forced thing i just make myself do it ..not because im thirty but because i need to and then the last liter through out the day

Saturday, April 15, 2006, 7:08 PM

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I know this sounds strange but when I cut sugar completely out of my diet as much as possible I naturally drink more water. I don't know why or what causes this but I just notice that I drink more water. I drink water with all my meals and in between all day when I'm thirsty and sometimes when I think I'm hungry and want to snack. After a little water, I realize that I wasn't even hungry, I was thirsty? Strange.

Sunday, April 16, 2006, 10:01 AM

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I agree with the above poster. I found it hard at first to drink water but now I drink 10 glasses a day and gave up the diet coke for a year and a half. Instead of grabbing for sweet drinks I now grab for the water that I keep in the fridge. In the beginning you will pppp alot but that gradually slows down (through the night I mean).

Everyone tells me how healthy I look that I'm not pale anymore in my face. Plus I find it also has helped with the big ugly bags under my eyes. I keep a glass of water with me at all times when I can.

Happy Easter Everyone! Hope your day is full of sunshine not chocolate.

Sunday, April 16, 2006, 11:54 AM

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I agree with taking water with you to work. I use nalgene bottles and have gotten the straw tops. Its easier for me to drink from a straw....I cut a lemon wedge up and put it in the bottle. I try to refill the bottle 2 or 3 times when I'm at work.....

I also cut out drinking diet soda and my water intake went way up.

Sunday, April 16, 2006, 5:32 PM

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for the nalgene bottle user.. Places like REI or EMS will carry little rubber adapters so that the water won't splash onto your face. I just got one-- it's great-- and works like a short straw. :-) That way, I can also keep my botle sealed when not drinking.

Monday, April 17, 2006, 10:30 AM

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 10:32 AM

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Has nayone heard this stuff about not reusing your water bottle?

and then more stuff about how water bottle usage is killing the planet?

Should we all switch to cups? The bottle is just so useful!

What are your thoughts?

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 10:38 AM

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I think the deal is with certain plastics leeching chemicals into the water. I told my husband I was going to start carrying around an empty wine bottle filled with water. I can just see it...I'm at the park with the kids, I pull a wine bottle out of my bag, take a big swig and then offer it to my kids. lol! I think I might get a visit from child services in short order.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 1:23 PM

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OP I was just like you a couple years ago. Drinking water was NOT something I enjoyed. Plus I have a tiny bladder so it wasn't very convenient!

Now I drink 2 32oz Nalgene bottles at work during the day: 1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon. Then the water I drink in the evenings during and after my workouts. Yes, I'm in the bathroom all the time but it has made a huge difference in my health, both the way I look and the way I feel.

It's worth it! I second the Crystal Light too, I put one of the small packets in my 32 oz bottle and it's plenty of flavor without being super strong.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 1:33 PM

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safe water bottle

I just heard that Canada is banning the polycarbonate water bottles - like nalgene.

I got siggs water bottle, made of aluminum. They're very light. A little expensive but they have some really cute designs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 1:50 PM

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pp - does your water get that metallic taste? I'm thinking of getting one of these and I was just wondering.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 5:35 PM

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I have a SIGG water's metal. Doesn't taste metallic at all and it looks great. I get compliments on it all the time!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:27 PM

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drinking enough water

Some people just do better keeping a bottle of cold filtered water within reach and taking a sip every hour, instead of trying to drink a lot all at once.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 7:30 PM

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Not using plastic water bottles

I read and wondered about the problem with the chemicals in plastic water bottles,and eventually switched to a reusable metal (alum) water bottle that I can refill from my filtered water source. At least I am not filling up my recyling barrell with water bottles.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 7:33 PM

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Siggs water bottles

I have three and keep them in fridge to carry with me. They absolutely impart NO metallic taste to filtered water. However , as I see it the disadvantages are they are expensive, they dent when dropped, and they are not insulated so cold water becomes room temp quickly. Sill love them.
Absolutely love the 'sports cap 'where you can (apologies) suck the water like a baby bottle but it doesn' leak when it falls over.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007, 7:37 PM

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Another strategy for those who have trouble getting their water in--Put a cup dispenser next to the bathroom sink (or keep a regular cup there) and never leave the bathroom without taking in water to replace what you lost. :^ ) This can easily become a habit.

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 10:53 AM

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The tip is to get started drinking. Once you start you really can't stop because your mouth gets so dry without it. At least that's what I've found with the amount of water I consume. I'm usually taking in at least 4 large bottles (33 oz each) a day. When I want to stop at night so I'm not getting up to use the restroom all night, my mouth dries right out so I have to chew gum to keep it moist. so again, the trick is to get started and get used to drinking it, once your mouth is dry you won't HAVE to think about it.
Anyone else get this way or is it just me?

Thursday, December 20, 2007, 10:57 AM

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crave water

I agree that once you get used to drinking - I notice I crave water now - whereas I never did before I got into the habit of drinking. It's a bit of a snowball effect. Set a goal for how much you want to drink at work - and do the rest at home so that it equals your goal for water for the day.

Friday, December 21, 2007, 12:21 PM

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You can also buy a 64 oz container for your water so you can make sure you are drinking your 8 glasses of 8 oz servings a day ")

Friday, December 21, 2007, 12:28 PM

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