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Is all that water necessary?

I am finding it hard to drink the 8 glasses of water i am supposed to every day. I can't stand having to go to the bathroom every 1/2 hour! The most I can drink is 5 or 6 9oz bottles and even that seems excessive. How much water does everyone really drink?

Thu. Mar 1, 2:28pm

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i drink about 3 liters a day ..2 while working out in the am and another through the rest of the day

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 3:57 PM

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I only drink about 6, and I do fine. I think its really about staying hydrated, and the amount of water needed varies from person to person. Listen to your thrist, and watch for other signs like your skin or the color of your pee. When I'm not getting enough water, my skin produces more oil. I'm 5 foot 1 and a pretty teeny person, so for me 6 glasses seems to be enough.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 4:41 PM

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i drink roughly a full gallon in 24 hours. not intentionally-that is just how much i end up drinking. i enjoy water and that is how much my body seems to require. i think your body will tell you what it needs. yours may be just fine with a couple of 9 oz glasses.

Thursday, March 01, 2007, 11:24 PM

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No, it's not. It's only necessary when you eat junk food to wash out the toxins. If you're already eating in a healthy manner, 3 glasses of water a day is completely fine.

Friday, March 02, 2007, 9:48 AM

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drinking water is not only beneficial to those who eat junk food! and three galsses a day is not enough water, either! here is a link to an article about water consumption from the mayo clinic's site.


Friday, March 02, 2007, 9:54 AM

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There is a significant amount of research that proves otherwise. The Mayo clinic, while reputable, is not GOD.

Friday, March 02, 2007, 10:59 AM

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i don't worship the mayo clinic, but i am certainly more inclined to believe what i read there than i am to believe empty comments without any backup references. it's not just an opinion that the mayo clinic is expressing, you know what i mean? show me a reputable reference that supports the claim that 24 ounces of water a day is optimal and really only necesary for your body to remove toxins from junk food. or cite some of the significant amount of research that proves otherwise with regard to the health benefits of remaining hydrated. this IS a forum for learning, and i am a willing student.

Friday, March 02, 2007, 11:11 AM

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It really depends on the person in terms of how much water they need to drink. I am reading "Eat To Live" by Joel Fuhrman (MD) and he says that if you exercise you need to replenish the fluids you lose. He also says that the amount of water you needs depends on your diet. If you eat a diet low in fruits and vegetables, you are going to need more water, and vice versa. His assertion is that three glasses of water a day is all you need IF you are eating a diet high in fruits and vegetables. (page 233 of the paperback) But he has a pretty high standard, so odds are that very few of us meet that, and thus need a decent amount of water.

I agree with the OP in spirit, in that in theory we should get most of our water from fuits and veggies. But that is like a full time job.

Friday, March 02, 2007, 11:31 AM

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