Hello. I'm back on this site after a long absence and completely gaining back the weight I lost. I have a question about healthy water intake.
I hear people say your urine should be almost clear if you're drinking enough water. I also hear something about drinking eight cups of water a day.
Some people tell me that the eight cups includes water from food, and I should only be drinking four cups a day, eight if I'm very active that day, but no more. They say urine should not be clear, and if it is, you're drinking too much water.
I've also heard that if you're thirsty, you should drink water. I feel satisfied when I drink 30-40 cups a day, and even then my urine is still fairly yellow. I was told that drinking that much water was making me dizzy, lightheaded, confused, and anxious, but I don't feel any better now that I'm drinking 16 cups a day.
I can't even trust my doctor. He tried to put me on a low-carb diet (as most non-dietitian PCPs do, even though it's scientifically unfounded, or so I hear) and the nurse told me eight cups was a gallon (it's half a gallon) and was probably too much.
So what's the truth? Do I only need four cups? Should I drink eight cups but no more? Is 30-40 cups making me sick, or is that just a result of being 100lbs overweight and the medications I'm on? Should my urine be clear? Should I drink water whenever I'm thirsty?
I'm on Risperdal and a couple other meds that make me hungry, and lithium carbonate, which makes me very thirsty. Should I still drink as much water as I desire? I really love water. I used to drink three cups at a time 10-15 times a day, occasionally drinking a liter and a half with a meal, and I loved it, but with all the conflicting info I stopped. I really want to know what to do.
Can a registered dietitian help me? I'd like to know the real deal from an expert in the field. Thanks!
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