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5/15/10 1:45 A

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I discovered green tea this spring and although it is not my very favorite beverage, I have not had a cold or flu this spring and it seems to have just enough caffeine to energize me without causing jitters.



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CHAS1949's Photo CHAS1949 Posts: 11,408
5/14/10 8:54 P

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I actually use Crystal Light...just watered down.

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5/14/10 8:08 P

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@ EWEFLUFFY Ė It sounds like you keep your water in moderation while youíre eating. Youíre right, we all are different. Only you will know whatís right for you :) YUM! a small glass of wine with dinner sounds wonderful. I love the phrase that you used: ďlet our bodies be our guideÖĒ

@ CHAS1949 Ė What type of flavored water do you drink? I use to drink a ton of store bought flavored water until I realized how much sodium is in some of them. Depending on the person, increased sodium can cause the body to retain waterÖ.which I guess has its need and place in life. Typing this just makes me think of trying different teas for summer time (my taste buds recently discovered that they are no longer repulsed by some teas).

In class today, the topic of water came up again (w/out me initiating it) and it was absolutely interesting to hear all sorts of peoples' take on it. I love thought provoking discussions. Iím generally skeptical about new ideas and want to try them for myself to come to my own conclusion. The same points brought up on this thread by various people were brought up in class as well. It was kind of cool to have similar ideas reiterated from difference sources.

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5/14/10 1:48 P

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This is an interesting discussion! Water is not my favorite beverage. If I drink too much of it I tend to get bloated. I drink some to take my meds, I drink flavored water throughout the day. That does count as water...I asked that when I first joined SP.

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5/14/10 12:38 P

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I said yesterday that I usually drank a smaller amount of water with my meals..

With my dinner at night, I will often have a small glass of wine with dinner. Then when my dinner is finished, I need a full glass of water for the pills I take.

And I agree that we are all different and water has its place. I've read that we should let our bodies be our guide as to how much water we need - as long as our urine is pale yellow to very pale yellow, we're doing fine. Our bodies have great mechanics and I think it knows when we need water - at least for most of us. I can always tell if I haven't drank enough.

I very very seldom ever drink soda (diet), but do occasionally drink diet Tonic water.. usually in the later evening as I'm watching TV.

We're all different, aren't we?? Bettyor

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5/14/10 4:22 A

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I don't like the eight glasses for I start giveup everything but life goes on my doctor said six but here on Spark points system you don't get your points unless you drink eight glasses and that's wrong six it better for me...as you go down in weight you aren't to drink so much for it can damage kidneys. emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY's Photo GRAMMACATHY Posts: 19,231
5/14/10 4:01 A

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Interesting topic. Thanks! I struggle with remembering to drink enough water. So usually don't remember at meals. My problem is that I do drink 16 oz. in one sitting. I will work on the sipping all day.



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5/14/10 1:46 A

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It does not really hurt digestion, just slows it down. If your stomach contains the food from lunch, the pancreas automagically knows what types of stomach juices to produce to break down that food so it can be processed and used by the body to its hopefully full potential. So now the stomach contains foods and various stomach juices to start the process of digesting the food. Adding a cup or two or more of water to it, mixes with the stomach juices and they are just simply not able to perform their job as well.

I use to be a total non believer of not consuming water with my meal until I learned more info recently and tried it out for myself. My trying of this was with the intent that I would probably just go back to drinking water with meals.....which I have tried on various days during this trial and I could feel a difference. For me, I will keep my H2O separate from my food. Plus, a lot of the fresh foods I consume have their own liquid in them.

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5/14/10 1:07 A

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I drink a lot of water, I also drink a lot of coffee. I have a smaller glass of water with my meals unless I have coffee (breakfast and lunch)

I had heard that water doesn't aid in digestion, although I'v never heard that it hurt digestion... So... I'll keep my habits as I have them I guess. I'd guess it may be different for different people.
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Thanks for that! I'm going to have to work on not drinking with my meal. I'm curious to see if I see any changes. Fingers crossed!

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5/14/10 12:27 A

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Interesting about drinking water - I really do not like water - so add a little lemon. And, I have been trying to drink more with my meal - even tho I am not usually thirsty when I eat. Now, will need to rethink.
Thanks for the information. Much appreciated.
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JUNIPERBEAR12's Photo JUNIPERBEAR12 Posts: 27
5/13/10 11:58 P

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This term one of my classes consisted of studying the digestive system. Hereís some of the stuff that Iíve learned:

Drinking water with a meal or within about ninety minutes after eating actually slows down digestion. In short, what happens is the water dilutes the stomach juices that work to break down food, making digestion less efficient. The body normally absorbs water relatively quickly, yet if it's mixed in with a bunch of other food, it's absorbed slower. Water that is drank about twenty minutes before eating, gets absorbed into your body enough to not dilute the stomach juices too much for better digestion.

I bring this up because I had previously heard that water does not "aid" in digestion, yet I did not fully understand why until recently. Until five weeks ago I had ALWAYS had a tall glass of water with a meal or after due to just being thirsty (pretty much my whole life). After learning this info at school, I decided to try not drinking water with my food. This was quite a difficult habit for me to break because I had trained myself to just naturally be thirsty while I'm eating. A week into this trial I've found that my digestion had improved some and the habit of being thirsty at meal time had diminished. Overall in the last five weeks my digestion has improved significantly and my bodyís ability to break down and use the nutrients from the food I eat has improved as well. This is just one of several changes Iíve made recently, but has proved beneficial for me.

Also, the recommended eight cups of water is more like a guideline. It truly depends on the person and what else they consume, to determine how much water to drink. Let's say I ate a bunch of natural juicy fruit throughout the day...I would not need to drink as much water because I'm getting it from other sources. Another thing to consider is how quickly individual bodies use and eliminate water. Chugging a whole bunch of water all at once is not going to do a whole lot of good either unless your body absolutely needs it at that moment. Generally the body will just pass water as waste if it is not needed. Sipping water throughout the day gives the body a chance to replenish itself without being overloaded and/or replenishing fluids in the body after excreting a lot of sweat.

Overall water is a great thing to drink plenty of, if itís done mindfully. I find it best to tune into my own body, listen and determine what its needs are at that given moment. One of my tricks that I use to keep my caloric count within a reasonable range is NEVER drinking my calories.

If you are truly concerned about your water consumption and how much is right for you, I recommend doing your own research online, talking with a nutritionist or seeking advice from a health care provider.

Thanks for reading and have a most beautiful night.

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