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3/8/19 10:52 A

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Definitely get a water bottle with a straw!

Back when soda was first becoming a common thing in restaurants, one of the reasons it was served with a straw is because people drink more when using a straw than when drinking directly from a cup, and the soda was charged per glass. So, the more a customer drank, the more the restaurant got by bringing the customer more cups of soda.

In hospitals and nursing homes, a lidded cup with a straw is standard equipment, and one of the reasons is that you drink more with a straw, and it's harder to spill.

So get a straw!

I really like the reusable Starbucks insulated Venti-sized "cold" cups with straws. They're colorful, and hold 24oz, which makes it easier to drink more: fewer breaks to go fill the darn thing up!

I personally don't get "thirsty". My actual symptoms that prompt me to remember to drink more:

1. Feeling like I want to eat when it's not actually a meal time. Many people mistake thirst for hunger.

2. Feeling like my mouth is a little dry.

3. Feeling like my skin is a little dry, especially in winter.

4. Side cramps when I exercise (I eventually figured out I only get them if I haven't had enough water).

5. Going more than 3-4 hours without feeling like I need to use the restroom.

6. Feeling like I have a headache. If my head starts to hurt, my first response is to drink a bunch of water, then wait to see if that helps.

I also weigh myself before and after vigorous exercise, and then aim to drink the difference (at least 2 cups of water per pound of weight lost during exercise).

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3/7/19 5:18 P

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Often, people who don't drink enough don't feel thirst because their bodies have become desensitized to that sensation.

Here are some tips:

-Invest in a new water bottle that you really enjoy. I find I do better when I drink out of a straw because I can sip water while typing on my computer etc.

-Try sparkling water (preferably seltzers without added sweetener), tea, or even add a splash of 100% juice to your water/sparkling water. Citrus juice or fresh fruit/herbs can also flavor water.

-Play with the temperature of the water. If you find you prefer ice-water, look into getting an insulated water bottle. I, personally, notice I struggle to drink water in the winter. Try hot herbal tea or warm lemon water when it's cold out.

-Schedule your water intake. If you drink a bottle of water (a standard 16.9 oz bottle) at each meal, that's 50 oz right there. Add in another bottle before and after exercise and you're good. You can also set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself to drink water every hour.

-Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.

-If you find drinking coffee or sugary drinks easy, set rules about consumption. Any liquid intake is important, but it's best if you don't get that from caloric beverages. One of the easiest ways to do this is to drink water before drinking anything else. If you want a 12 oz coffee drink, drink 12 oz of plain water BEFORE you have your coffee. Eventually, this should lead to drinking more water.


I do not advise getting those fancy water bottles that track your intake-simply because, in my experience, they don't always work.

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10/31/18 12:20 P

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I would recommend trying Crystal Light iced tea with lemon instead of the sugared Nestea. They sell individual packets, and little squirt bottles that can be taken anywhere at the grocery store.



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I think if the water had just a bit of flavour in it, it would be more pleasant to drink, rather than forcing the next glass of water down.

How about cool water with a squeeze of lemon in it. So a 1/8 of a lemon or so, squeezed into the water, not just thrown in.

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I sometimes make my own drink in the summer (not a fan of plain water) I make up some unsweetened lemon tea and add a dash of zero carb sweetened soda, and sometimes a squirt of lemon juice as well. It is nice in the winter with a little honey added, too.

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Hi guys! emoticon

Today I tried something new.

I drank some sugared Nestle's lemon tea from a can. It was delicious and I chugged down two of them in a minute..I drank one in the late morning and the other in the late afternoon. Of course, drinking sugared tea is not healthy at all. But I realized, if I like what I drink, I will at least drink lots of it without any hesitation. It not anything unusual. A lot of people are like that. Now, I have to figure out how to make something to drink that is palatable.

I was looking at the new bottles on Amazon.. Some of them are pretty inventive. They have many different types. There's one I think I will buy. It is a little pricey, but super healthy. It has an interior chamber in which you add fruit of your choice. I can chop watermelon, apples, cut grapes, even vegetables if I wish. I do like beets a lot. The bottle has measurement lines to tell you how much you have drunk. Not bad!

There are other bottles that have LCD displays. They tell you what percent of fluid you have drunk and how much more you need to drink to meet your pre-programmed goal. Duper cool! I don't see any that have the fruit compartment and the LCD.combined. But, no matter.The measurement lines are sufficient.

I'm glad I had the opportunity to read all your advise and ideas It got me thinking!. I'm going to order a fruit bottle from Amazon. I might even post a photo of me drinking from my fruit filled chamber bottle and share my progress.

I appreciate all your input, truly I do! Thank you so much! emoticon

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Elona - Your post wasn't there when I posted previously - 5 minutes after you posted.

Are you able to swap some foods for those with a high water content? Perhaps ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian who may be able to help you.

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Well, since you and your doc are taking the first step of "eliminating causes" for the slightly elevated BUN and creatinin, it makes a lot of sense to ignore the common idea of just watching urine colour and be proactive about increasing fluid intake!

I don't know of any way to increase the perception of thirst, other than to increase salt intake.

I would suggest that instead of trying to "increase thirst", that you instead change your planning and schedule to incorporate more fluid intake (along with lower protein and higher fibre - depending on what you have discussed with your doc). Do some experiments to see whether you enjoy water and / or can drink more when it is room temperature, or cold, or hot, and then plan accordingly.

For myself, I can easily down 2 cups of room temperature water, dislike cold, and enjoy sipping at hot water (with lemon). The first thing I do every morning is down a large (16 oz - 2 cup) glass of filtered water that I left out overnight. I then enjoy my usual coffee, along with a high fibre breakfast that includes vegetables and fruits.

I have another glass of water with lunch, along with more high water / high fibre fruits and veggies.

I will either have another glass of water with dinner, or will settle in with 4-6 cups of hot water with lemon to sip at throughout the evening.

If there is a possibility that your electrolytes might be a bit unbalanced due to not drinking enough, then you might want to start having a cup of bone broth or broth-based vegetable soup as your appetizer for lunch and dinner --- which will give you both electrolytes and fluids. Another option is to start including a shot or two of pickle juice before downing a large glass of water before every meal. A great option for increasing overall hydration / electrolyte intake for snacks is to have a couple of cups of melon (cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew) or other high water content fruit (or a mix) and add a bit of salt to it.

Realistically, I'm afraid you are "just going to have to force (yourself) to drink"! Try a few different options to see what is the most palatable / enjoyable for yourself, and then set yourself a strict schedule and follow it.

Hopefully better hydration will improve those concerning numbers, and you continue feeling your healthy best!

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emoticon Try eating pork rinds. Stuff is major dry, drinking while eating them is pretty much essential.



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I hardly ever reach 8 cups of fluid, but I don't give too hoots about that 'directive' because I eat loads of fruit/veges and they all have plenty of water in them. I drink when i'm thirsty but if it is the summer apart from my 'formal drinks' I seldom drink a full cup, but rather a couple mouthfuls at a time. The fact that my urine is almost clear and my skin doesn't show signs of dehydration indicates that I am getting plenty, even with the 5 cups of liquid drunk a day.

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Thanks, Luane, emoticon

My urine is mostly light and clear, but my BUN/Creatinin is slightly above normal. My doctor has told me I'm not drinking enough. Ugh! '

I'm wondering if there is some way to increase my thirst or am I just going to have to force myself to drink? emoticon Lol.

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You may not need to drink "8-10 cups of fluid of any sort daily".
Is your urine light in color (NOT clear)?
If so, you are getting enough fluids. You get fluids in fruits and broths and many other things!

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Hi,

I'm sure I am not the only person with this problem. Since I have been a child, I have little thirst. The only time I have thirst is when I sweat during exercise. Other than that I have a really hard time drinking 8-10 cups of fluid of any sort daily. Does anyone have any tips that would help?

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