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Limit Your Water, Please

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Well, it's finally come to this. My doctor feels I drink too much water. My salt level has been low for years. I've only been with this doctor a year and a half, but he has consistently noticed low sodium and low chloride. He feels I might be weakened by it even though I don't feel weak. So I have tracked my fluid intake closely, and I believe Monday will be my first official day of drinking a lot less.

You know, most diet plans tell you to make sure you get enough water. I have found that drinking zero or very low calorie fluids has kept me from snacking more, so it has contributed to my weight loss. But Doc is serious about this, and I think, just to please him, I am going to likely cut my fluid intake in half. He's rechecking my sodium level in 10 days, so we'll see what happens. I'm feeling pretty confident that I won't substitute food for the water I have been drinking. So for what it's worth... Glenn
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  • MMRB7111
    We are all different and this just shows it. Oh, I hope I can get to this point some day. Still struggling to get the 8 glasses a day. LOL

    1804 days ago
    Wow, I've learned a lot from reading your blog and the comments. emoticon
    1809 days ago
    If you find that you still have trouble cutting down, at least get some 'Smart Water.' It has electrolytes (similar to Gatorade) to replace those you might be losing, but it is water-flavored and zero calorie, rather than that... whatever Gatorade says its flavor is. :)

    Edit: Oops, my bad; I just double-checked, and Smart Water does not contain sodium, so it's not going to work out for this at all. Sorry about that.
    1810 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/5/2013 9:06:04 PM
    Its my understanding that as long as your urine is nearly clear, you are getting sufficient water. I do know that one can drink too much water. I try to keep mine at about 8-10 glasses per day (maybe a little more when it's warmer outside) plus whatever coffee I drink (3-4 cups).
    1810 days ago
    How much water do you drink per day? This sounds very unusual to me....
    1810 days ago
    that's interesting, I have to struggle to get enough... Good luck
    1810 days ago
  • CAROL494
    1810 days ago
    by overdoing the water you can actually have the effect of "diluting" those necessary electrolytes. there is a delicate balance of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, chloride to name a few- if the balance is out- our nerves and muscles don't communicatte well with each other and there is a whole spinoff of problems we could experience. some of the other low cal/ no-cal beverages can distort the electrolytes as well... water is our best first choice for hydration, if your mouth is staying moist and slippery you are getting enough. keep listening to your doc- it will be interesting to read how the numbers change after lowering your water intake a bit
    1810 days ago
    I had the same problem with drinking a lot of water. The doctor said I was flushing all the minerals out of my body. So I eat healthy, take my organic vitamins and limit myself to less them 15 cups of water a day.
    1810 days ago
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