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DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
4/22/13 2:05 P

Don't like plain water??-- INFUSE it with fruit and veggies. you get a fresh taste and no sugar.

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (77,547)
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4/22/13 12:08 P

ANY liquid you drink counts but in different ways. If you drink a caffenated beverage you can only count 1/2 of the liquid because it is a diuretic. But any non-caffeine drink counts as the equal amount. It obviously is good to drink plain old water but even if it has a flavoring it counts. You just want to make sure you don't get calories from it because it is wasting them since you get no nutrition from the liquid. I try to drink at least 6 glasses of plain water but don't always get there. I know what you mean about taste because I get bored with plain too.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
4/22/13 12:42 A

We filter our water and I feel it improves the taste. You might try that. We just have one of those PUR water filter pitchers.

I drink mostly water. I drink whenever I am thirsty. I drink it with meals. I usually have a glass of water nearby. I don't worry about how many ounces of water I drink each day.

EMMACORY Posts: 21,713
4/22/13 12:06 A

We have good water here in Cincinnati, which I drink.

JO88BAKO SparkPoints: (316,837)
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4/21/13 11:13 P

Ice water with lemon

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,207
4/21/13 9:31 P

Our dietitian says it doesn't matter what you drink, as long as you do, and you don't need to guzzle down ounce after ounce of water, for heaven's sakes!! My dh drinks those sugar free flavored bottles because he hates plain water, and I drink black coffee day and night, nothing in it, usually hot, but sometimes cold, room temp, because it quenches any thirst I might have. But guzzling down water just because some plan says to do it, never made me feel full, it makes me feel as though I'm pouring water down into a deep well, absolutely useless.
And, if a person happens to have some kidney issues that they don't know about, drinking all that water will sure let you know fast, because you will be in the ER soon.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
4/21/13 8:20 P

try flavored water from walmart the lemon tastes like sprite and orange like orange crush and only 68 cents a bottle and it's a pretty big bottle

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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4/21/13 8:18 P

LOL, if I drank another 64 ozs a day I would never leave the bathroom. It's been really dry here and I drink a lot. So much so that I'm having to get up in the middle of night.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
4/21/13 7:38 P

personally for me it's about drinking any liquid that doesn't have lots of calories. Low calorie or no calorie is the way to go. I do drink water just not as much......I drink lots of sugar free snapple peach ice tea.......a small amount of diet coke and some lemon aid. Some days I slosh when I walk from all the liquid I drink.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
4/21/13 5:08 P

"But supposedly those don't count towards water intake. "

Why not? They are 99.9999999% water! They are liquid, they are rehydrating.

No, we do not need 64 ounces of Pure Plain Water daily. We need "fluid."

That being said, water is free from calories, fat, sugar, artificial-flavouring, caffeine, etc. etc. etc. so it is an "ideal" source of hydration -

By *replacing* some high-calorie/sweetened/fatty drinks (like sweet tea or a Starbucks frappucino) with good ole water, you can hydrate yourself calorie-free, and control your daily calorie intake with much more ease (it's shocking how many calories some beverages contain - and they tend not to fill you up or keep you full!).

But I really do not think it is necessary to add 64 ounces of water *on top* of the liquid you are already consuming.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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4/21/13 4:27 P

I've never liked to drink plain water. I was raised on iced tea and lemonade.
It didn't help that one of the places I lived had rusty water and another smelled like sulpher.
I like to drink SF iced tea, lemonade and crystal light. But supposedly those don't count towards water intake. But...why do I need to pee so much if it doesnt count?

I saw something on TV about drinking 64 ozs a day being a myth and found this article. Makes me feel better!

The Wonders of Water
WebMD Feature Archive
By Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD
Water is one of the most basic elements of life but figuring out how much we ought to drink hasn't always been so simple.
Most of us grew up thinking we needed to drink eight glasses of water each day, in addition to any other drinks we might choose. But the latest recommendations say that we no longer need to worry about drinking specific amounts of water. Instead, we can simply satisfy our thirst with any beverage. As it turns out, there really was no scientific evidence for the 64-ounce daily recommendation that was based on survey data of usual consumption.
Of course, water -- clean, refreshing, and calorie-free -- is an ideal beverage of choice, but studies have shown that you can be just as hydrated with coffee, soft drinks, or even beer. And some folks swear by its weight loss powers, including Mireille Guiliano, author of the best-selling book French Women Don't Get Fat.
To help make the facts about water crystal clear, WebMD asked experts for the skinny on just how much water we need, and whether drinking water can really help keep those extra calories at bay.
The New Fluid Guidelines
A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Physiology questioned the old recommendation of 8 ounces of water, eight times a day. After a thorough review, researcher Heinz Valtin concluded there was inadequate evidence that healthy adults -- living in temperate climates and not engaged in rigorous activities -- need large amounts of water.
For normal, healthy adults, Valtin recommended simply drinking when thirsty. And he reported that even caffeinated drinks can count toward satisfying our fluid requirements.
In February 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) issued new recommendations that agree with Valtin's findings. The new guidelines remove the eight-glasses-a-day recommendation, and say healthy adults may use thirst to determine their fluid needs. Exceptions to this rule include anyone with a medical condition requiring fluid control; athletes; and people taking part in prolonged physical activities or whose living conditions are extreme.
How Much Is Enough?
The IOM report did not specify requirements for water but made general fluid intake recommendations based on survey data of 91 ounces (that's 11-plus cups a day) for women and 125 ounces (15-plus cups a day) for men. Remember, these guidelines are for total fluid intake, including fluid from all food and beverages.
Approximately 80% of our water intake comes from drinking water and other beverages, and the other 20% comes from food. Assuming these percentages are accurate for most of us, the recommended amount of beverages, including water, would be approximately 9 cups for women and 12.5 cups for men.
While 20% may seem like a lot of fluid to get from food, many common food items are mostly water. Here are some foods with high water content, according to the American Dietetic Association:
Food Percentage Water
Lettuce (1½ cup) 95%
Watermelon (1½ cup) 92%
Broccoli (1½ cup) 91%
Grapefruit (1½ cup) 91%
Milk (1 cup) 89%
Orange juice (3/4 cup) 88%
Carrot (1½ cup) 87%
Yogurt (1 cup) 85%
Apple (one medium) 84%

When You Need More
Physical activity, heat, and humidity can increase our fluid needs. In these situations, keep water bottles close at hand and drink frequently to avoid dehydration. If you're going to be physically active for long periods, consider sports drinks that hydrate and provide easily usable sugar and electrolytes.
Illnesses accompanied by increased body temperature, excessive perspiration, vomiting, frequent urination, or diarrhea can also increase our fluid needs. Be sure to drink plenty of liquids if you have one of these conditions, and see a doctor if your fluid losses are excessive or prolonged.
How Much Is Too Much?
Scientists on the IOM panel did not set an upper limit for water.
Water intoxication is very rare, although it has been seen in fraternity pranks. That can be very serious and result in death" says David Perlow, MD, an Atlanta-based urologist.
One recent study of Boston Marathon runners showed that one in three marathon runners was drinking too much water during a race -- probably because they were following recent advice to drink as much as tolerated.
If you follow your thirst, you won't go wrong, Perlow says. He notes that pre-modern man never ran around sipping on a water bottle. A dry mouth indicated it was time to run to the stream for a drink.
"Trust your thirst instinct to make sure you get enough fluids and, of equal importance, void frequently," suggests Perlow.
Perlow says the bladder is like a balloon. When you make infrequent trips to the bathroom, it can become overstretched -- which can result in problems with incomplete emptying, he explains.
He recommends 7-12 trips to the toilet daily for most healthy people.
Water and Weight Control
For years, drinking water has been recommended for weight loss -- despite the fact that fluids generally satisfy thirst and not hunger. Barbara Rolls, PhD, an expert on thirst and satiety, points out that thirst and hunger are regulated by entirely different mechanisms.
A recent study by Rolls and colleagues at Penn State University looked at whether people who drank water with lunch took in fewer calories than those who drank other low-calorie beverages. They found that drinking water had little effect on total calorie consumption at the meal.
"In all of our research, we have never been able to show that water can cause weight loss," says Rolls. The only way drinking water can help you lose weight is if you substitute it for higher-calorie beverages or foods, she explains.
However, eating foods with high water content can help dieters, by increasing the fullness factor.
"When you add water to a bowl of vegetables as in soup, the soup has greater satiety than when the vegetables are eaten alone with a glass of water," explains Rolls, author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan and The Volumetrics Weight Control Plan. "When water is incorporated into food or shakes, satiety is increased and subjects ultimately eat less food."
The weight loss benefits of water stem from several facts:
Foods that incorporate water tend to look larger.
The higher volume of these foods provides greater oral stimulation.
Most important, when water is bound to food, it slows down absorption and lasts longer in the belly.If you want to lose weight, Rolls recommends an eating plan that includes plenty of high-volume foods such as fruits, vegetables, broth-based soups, and oatmeal, along with adequate fluids to satisfy your thirst.
The Wonders of Water
WebMD Feature Archive
Bottom Line
The experts agree: Drinking water -- either sparkling or flat and perhaps with a twist of citrus -- is a great, noncaloric way to satisfy your thirst. But if you prefer 100% fruit juice, low fat milk, coffee, or other flavored beverages, they too can keep you well hydrated. Water is calorie free, which makes it a great choice for weight control, but we also need the calcium and especially the vitamin D in low-fat milk. Bottom line, make your beverage choices work to satisfy your nutritional needs, fluid preferences, and hydration needs.

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