Hi Joe, So much of our future lives depend on things we received or experienced from when we were children. I have no real proof other than personal experience in this area. Most of the children that were given lots of water as young children seem to like drinking more as they get older. If so much of everything that we become is based on our previous experiences, maybe this area does too?
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10 3/7/12 4:31 P
I am one of those people who find it hard to drink plain water, not really sure why though. I do drink plain water when I work outside in the heat but no where near 8 glasses of water a day until joining this site. I quit drinking soft drinks about 4 years ago and all I have been drinking is the Wylers sugar free Peach with Lemon tea packets. Since joining this site I've been trying to drink plain water but I find that I have to force myself to get all 8 glasses down everyday.
Your comment about whether or not "how much water a person was given as a child affects how much they drink as adults" is interesting. I never thought about but my parents never insisted that we drink water, we drank whatever we felt like drinking. So as far as I can remember, I would drink water when participating in school sports and that's about it.
I personally like drinking plain water and have no problems drinking more than 100 oz per day. However, the teenage girl in the family I nanny for was drinking so little water she was getting sick. We did end up having to force her to drink more as it was jeopardizing her health. If each person has their own dietary needs, it seems that a person's need for water would also vary. If you're not dehydrated or otherwise suffering any ill effects from drinking less water, drink what your body is telling you it needs. I know that I need more water, but someone I know drinks barely 8 oz in a day. She is considered to be perfectly healthy. I do wonder sometimes if how much water people are given as young children affects how much water they drink when they they're older. When I was young we barely had money for milk, let alone juice, so I always was given water. I give the children I care for water except for 100% juice usually diluted depending on their ages.
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14 2/23/12 12:48 A
I dont understand why it is hard for some people to drink water or when they say they hate water. What is to hate? I love drinking nice cold water. I would rather have cold water than anything else. But it HAS to be COLD!
I grew up in a hot country so drinking water -not a problem. In fact when I am thirsty I want plain water only, not even with a slice of lemon.
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7 2/18/12 10:34 P
Thank you for your replies! I just signed up today and it's very heartwarming to see that people in this community care about each other! Broth is an excellent idea!
I have the same adverse reaction to water, whether it comes from the faucet or a bottle. Until recently I lived in Florida. The weather down there is brutally hot and I absolutely had to force myself to drink water. After I moved to Illinois, I don't crave water at all.
There is something more in my case. I am 55 and so far I sought medical help on 3 occasions. Every time the doctors failed me and I had to find the remedy myself. Honestly, I lost faith in mainstream medicine. No wonder that all my red flags go up when I hear the doctors (dieticians) telling me that I have to drink water before my meal, so I feel full. Saliva and stomach acid are critical to a good digestion and drinking water before a meal dilutes them to the point where they are not effective anymore. So, we eat and then we feel bloated for hours in a row. Oh well, we can always pop a Tums, right? Or maybe some enzymes? These days, I am open to all kinds of information but I am following my own good sense.
Water often tastes nasty, depending on what is in it. Some impurities are actually beneficial, or at least not harmful, but they still taste funny.
Water needs do vary, especially if you are fond of water-containing foods. It's possible to flush important things out if you are forcing yourself. If you hate water and aren't pissing clear, try having broth-soup.
It's probably more clear fluids than the fact that it's water. Count that and build up to the water level.
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7 2/18/12 3:45 P
The mere fact that there are so many discussions on drinking the proper amount of water suggests that something is wrong. But what? We are advised to "listen to our bodies". Well, my body does not want to drink 64 oz of water per day. I get dizzy. I have no problem drinking dairy or soy milk, soup, yogurt, occasionally good flavored tea, moderate amounts of coffee (absolutely no soft drinks and no fruit juices). But pure water? No. Adding flavor does not help, either. So, back to my question - if you know an (or the) answer, I would love to hear it. In the mean time, I will continue drinking my tea!
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