LOL! Yeah, I wasn't there, but I can betcha that our cavemen ancestors didn't go around thinking, "gee, I'm not thirsty, but let me drink some water anyway" For that matter, I still don't get the eat every 2 hours crap. How can I eat every 2 hours when I work an 8 hour a day job? Cavemen ate whenever they could find food, that's it.
I don't think people need as much water as the "experts" tell us we do. I got several death stares at work the other day when I made a comment about everyone bringing their sippy cups to a meeting. Granted, they were plastic water bottles, but that's little more than an adult sized sippy cup in my opinion. I believe in staying hydrated, but you don't need to drag it around with you. Perhaps I'm over-analyzing today's popular nutritional advice, but I see a real disconnect between the statements, "Eat only when you're hungry," and "Drink water, even if you're not thirsty."
thanks guys. I knew you would clear it up for me. I didn't think people needed that much water, either. I remember now that you brought it up, someone said that we get quite alot of water already from the fruits and veggies that we eat. Also, I read that you can tell when you need water or not by the color of your urine. Darker urine means you need to drink more water and clear urine means you are drinking enough. Thanks, Amy
Bill is correct. The "overhydration" of our culture is ridiculous and there are many studies to validate this. The funny thing is that the people drinking the most water don't seem to be athletes or workers toiling in the heat, but sedentary people in thermally controlled environments. Obviously, certain medications (such as diuretics) and medical conditions can influence this but that is something to be discussed with a physician.
Fruits, vegetables, other beverages, etc. all contribute to obtaining an adequate fluid intake.
Move more, eat less and drink when thirsty!
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8 glasses a day is a myth. Stop suffering needlessly.
One point to make, drink water over any caloric beverage. This is certainly a good habit to adopt. But choking down water when you're not thirsty is pointless.
You may consider choking down some water before and after workouts as slight dehydration can impede performance (and of course, after the workout, you'll want to replenish fluid).
Also, water can sometimes curb appetite, so it is useful in that regard. Maybe drink when you're hungry?
Yes, when you're thirsty, you're already dehydrated (as so many say), but this is not severe dehydration and a glass or two of water can fix that right up. This is why I'd recommend drinking a bit before a workout and after.
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I know it is good to get your water intake in during the day, but have you tried to cut back in the mornings? Not being able to drive to work sounds like you are drinking a lot in the morning. So maybe sip on the water at work and then drink the rest when you get off work.
As for the doctor idea, that might be a good thought also. Check if it is just a small badder or something like a urinary tract infection, that usually makes you have to pee more than normal. Good Luck
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Sounds like the boss is way too interested in the bathroom habits.
yeah, I tell you how bad mine is though. I haven't even been drinking alot of water and I have to go about every hour on the hour. My boss even commented on it in a kinda sarcastic way I might add. When I do drink water all day, I have to go about every 15 to 30 minutes. It got so bad one time while I was on my way to work, I had to stop my car on the side of the road and run up into the woods to squat and pee. It's a good thing there was woods to hide in. And it only takes me 20 minutes to get to work.
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I drink lots of water - usually about 14-16 glasses a day. And I think there is definitely a "mind over matter" component to the frequent trips to the bathroom. When I am working at my desk, like you, I feel like I need to go about every 30 minutes or so. But, if I'm in meetings or doing something else that I know I can't go that often, I seem to be able to get through it just fine.
I too drink lots of water, usually at least 6 cups at work, then another 2-4 at home. It's good for your mind to get up every now and then while at work to stretch the legs, so the increased frequency of going to the bathroom is not a bad thing as far as I'm concerned:)
I would like to drink the recommended 8 glasses per day, but I find that I have to go tee tee about every 30 minutes or so. It's kinda hard when I work 8 hours a day in an office sitting directly across from the supervisor. How much water do you guys drink and how often do you have to run and take a piss? I don't know how other people do it. Maybe I have a bladder problem, eh?
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