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11/24/12 12:03 P

As Slimmerkiwi said, go by the color or your urine. I get enough fluids from drinking water and milk. For me, there is no way that I could drink a gallon of anything in one day unless I want to pee all day and night. I do drink more water when I workout and when I am out in the heat and humidity (which can be almost unbearable here in the southeastern US).

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11/23/12 9:08 P

I thought your urine was supposed to be clear?

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11/23/12 6:58 P

There is no "specific" amount that is correct for all adults.

Realize that all beverages and most foods are providing your body with water.

Why do you feel you should drink 1 gallon daily? For the healthy adult, the recommendation is to drink when "thisrty!" There is no need to force a certain amount of water.

SP Dietitian Becky

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11/23/12 3:58 P

Drinking loads of water isn't necessarily healthy. Be guided by the colour of your urine. Ideally it should be a pale yellow. If it is clear, then reduce the amount of water a bit.

Too MUCH water can deplete your body of electrolytes and that can have serious consequences.

There is no ideal fluid intake, but if you exercise or live in a hot place, then you will need more. If you eat a lot of foods in a soup/casserole-type format, then odds are you won't need so much to drink. Some medications require you to drink more. Some health conditions require you to drink less (renal issues for one)

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11/23/12 3:44 P

I would like to be able to drink a gallon of water every day. I know people who do it but I wonder if maybe it might be to much??? Does anyone think its to much?

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