I know what you mean about the need to train to "drink to thirst." My husband lives in a state of dehydration. He doesn't know his body's signals for hunger or thirst even if they are apparent to others (growling stomach, sluggishness). I, on the other hand, still eat before my stomach ever growls and have a habit of drinking water when I'm bored. Signals are very complicated. Not only do they have to happen, they have to be recognized and acted on.
Jules, You can certainly train to consume less water. Frankly, I think you may have to train to "drink to thirst". In other words, I don't think "drink to thirst" is as simple or useful as people believe.
If I "drink to thirst" I will end my run significantly dehydrated - whether I run on hot days or cold days.
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Here's an interesting one: can you train yourself to consume less water? I'm finding that the longer distance I go on a regular basis, the less often I feel the need to rehydrate. I used to drink water around mile 3 and now I find I don't touch it until about mile 6 most days.
To address the original question, clear urine does not necessarily imply hydration. For example, kidney failure and liver failure can have clear urine as symptoms. If you aren't drinking a lot (as you say) and you do distance running (which I have to assume given this is the HM forum), you should see your doctor.
Drink to thirst. That is the new mantra for runners. That being said, if you are having clear, scant (small amount) of urine you may want to talk with your doctor about this. Remember too, that we get some fluid from our food, too.
have you recently taken antibiotics? when i did, my urine was clear for several months before it started being colored again ... and if that's it, then it doesn't say anything about your hydration level. hth
There is so much back and forth about how much water you are suppose to drink. I understand that. My question is this: if your urine is clear (yes, CLEAR) are you hydrated enough even if you are not drinking a lot?
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