A gallon?? If you live in Sante Fe, maybe. But the recommendation is (8) 8 oz cups, which is 64 oz. And that works out to two quarts a day, so about the size of a 2-liter bottle. I use a 32 oz empty Gatorade bottle I fill with water, and getting 2 of them in during a day is much easier than you would think. If you could sneak in one Gatorade bottle's-worth of water on the road (which I imagine is the majority of your day), you can most likely get the other one down at night - some with dinner, some while chilling, and polish off whatever is left with your nightly teeth cleaning!
I agree that there's no reason to force yourself to drink that much water. The color of your urine is a great way to know whether you're hydrated enough. It should look like a lemon was squeezed in it. If it's darker, then you know you should probably drink some more.
I was forcing myself to drink a gallon of pure water per day (along with other beverages), was feeling "out of it" for a few weeks not thinking much about it since hubby had a cold at the time, so doctor did blood work, Guess what! All that water was eleminating the vitamins and electrolytes out my my body making me feel weird. I no longer force myself to drink that much, on a day I am extremely active or very hot day, I may drink a little more-but no longer a gallon.
It doesn't have to be straight water only. Other fluids count too. Alcohol and caffeine have the effect of dehydrating, and also I don't count any carbonated beverages. If you are eating a healthy diet, 20% of your diet will contain water. So, that's about 80 fluid ounces left for you to drink, which might be an easier goal for you to attain at first.
Work up to it gradually. If you are healthy (and as you get healthier), your body will use this water and it shouldn't increase your urge to eliminate.
Another thing to do is sip small amounts through the day. You don't have to chug a pint all at once. Get a reusable water bottle with a nice airtight seal so it doesn't spill everywhere as you are traveling, and sip a little throughout the day.
You do not have to drink a gallon of water per day. It is commonly recommended that people drink 8 cups of water per day (cups, as in the kind of cups you would use a measuring cup to measure, not glasses). Your average drinking glass is probably at least two cups of water, some are three or more cups.
But, there is no real science behind the 8 cup recommendation. We do get water from our food and from other beverages as well as from drinking water. We need more water when exercising a lot and in hot weather...
It is a myth that most of us are running around dehydrated and need to drink more water. Most people have a pretty good thirst mechanism and, if they drink when they want to (when thirsty), they will be drinking enough water. As a kind of general rule, if your urine is a kind of pale straw yellow in the toilet, you are drinking enough water. If it is dark yellow, you should probably be drinking more than you are. If it's clear, you are drinking more water than you need to.
Ok, the only problem i am having is drinking a gallon of water a day. I will be lucky to get a liter or more in my system especially during the work week due to traveling and lack of places to (putting it nicely) stop. So do we really have to drink that much water or can i get away drinking the usual 8 glasses a day?
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