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7/19/13 1:31 P

I once read that it is good to drink half your weight in ounces every day.

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7/19/13 1:16 P

I'd be really surprised if 8 glasses of water made you bloated from too much water. If I don't drink enough, my fingers start to swell up as my body retains water (also caused by too much salt and/or sugar).

Use the urine color check to figure it out, but you're probably not drinking too much.

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7/19/13 1:01 P

I agree go with your thirst....Maybe drink some cranberry juice and dilute it with water...1/2 and 1/2 ...drink it all day this will help you be less puffy. Ocean Spray has diet cranberry with only 2 sugars. Veggies help hydrate you too!

Eating an avocado and other potassium rich foods can combat puffiness by balancing excess sodium and reduce water retention . Celery helps too!

Saturated fat can trigger bloat and so can wheat, Sugar also causes bloat, and sugar alcohols so if your eating sugar free foods this can cause bloat...malitol and sorbitol can cause bloat and so do salty foods. 0% Plain Yogurt is a good probiotic for bloat and cuts the odds of having tummy issues. Parsley is a good digestive aid to reduce gas and bloat.

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7/19/13 12:14 P

I agree with drinking to thirst. You can also use the color of your urine as a guide. It should look like a lemon was squeezed in it. Any darker and you probably need to drink more.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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7/19/13 11:26 A

I suggested drinking more when feeling bloated, as often bloat is water retention due to not drinking enough. If the "bloat" is an overly full feeling when drinking the water, one certainly shouldn't force drink.

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7/19/13 11:21 A

I'd disagree with Russell; if you are feeling bloated, you don't need to drink more, you might want to drink less. Drink to thirst, not to an arbitrary number.

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7/19/13 10:06 A

The minimum is 8 glasses, but every 15-20 minutes of exercise is a need for another glass, or if you feel thirsty. If you are drinking from a fountain at gym, you might be drinking a lot more than you think though. A 20 oz bottle of water is 2.5 cups, so if you plan on 20-40 minutes of exercise you will need 10 glasses of water minimum. That's 4 bottles. That will probably get you on the right amount of water. Try drinking it throughout day, instead of a bottle at a meal.

Hope that helps

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7/19/13 10:03 A

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7/19/13 9:52 A

I have never drank anything but water. Water water water, and thats fine, I dont like other drinks, but how much water is the daily requirement? I usually drink about 8 glasses, and now that im excercizing, I drink more..Sometimes I feel bloated! So whats the daily recommended?


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