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Is Drinking Lots Of Water Necessary?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 24, 2012 at 4:02 AM

I know I am asking a ton of questions tonight. I had two cups of coffee for the first time in months...Weeeee!

So, everyone and their mother is telling me I need to drink water, at least half my body weight (about 65 oz) a day at the very least, or I will die (slight exaggeration)!

Any thoughts? Is this necessary? Sometimes if I "eat" a lot of water, I don't feel like forcing myself to drink more.

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on July 04, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I tend to go to marksdailyapple for most of my info, so here's his article on the 8-cups-a-day myth: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-glasses-of-water-a-day/. As far as whether too much water prevents the absorption of nutrients, that's just a personal opinion, but maybe I've read something to that effect somewhere. I'll have to search around a bit.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Hi! Why do you think this? Is there something you read that you can share?

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Wow, that was a fantastic linked article. Thanks so much.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:11 AM

TY VB. I never thought anyone looked at my website! I'm glad to know people see it, it means a lot :-)

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Yes, when I drink a lot, I pee constantly and wake up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. :-/

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on June 24, 2012
at 10:58 AM

When you're thirsty you're already dehydrated

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on June 24, 2012
at 10:57 AM

When you are thirsty you're already dehydrated

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:27 AM

"Eating water" is very overlooked. Someone who steams a lot of veggies, cooks meat on low heat (boiling, poaching, slow cooking) and consumes things like broth, fermented foods and other atypical things is getting a lot more water than the normal person. It seems there is a lot of conflicting information out there on hydration needs, but it seems that estimations are always overblown.

Drink to thirst. Make sure you are able to decipher between thirst and hunger, and react accordingly. Unless you have an issue with having to urinate too often or it's affecting sleep or something, I wouldn't worry about it. I used to be one who would "need to" consume a gallon of water a day but lets be honest, it's not something that should become a chore or something to worry about. Lots of other minutia that I'd be concerned about before this.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:09 AM

Yes, when I drink a lot, I pee constantly and wake up 3-4 times a night to go to the bathroom. :-/

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:46 PM

Don't know how to answer your question BUT for some weird reason I am thirsty all the time now and drink more than 16 cups per day (my blood sugar is fine).

Off-topic - you are so adorable and I checked out your website - OMG, you are doing such noble job rescuing all those animals and helping them out! Your heart is made of gold.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:11 AM

TY VB. I never thought anyone looked at my website! I'm glad to know people see it, it means a lot :-)

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:54 PM

I am just getting the end of week one of being Paleo (so my advice is as a novice). Here is my observations on this. I am drinking a lot of water, but I am also eating lots of veggies and fruits. Couple this with the fact that it is getting hot outside, I don't really see this as a big deal. I drink water pretty constantly through the day and as long as you do not have any health issues which would make you thinking that something was up I would not see it as a problem. But I think the 'drink to thirst' advice is dead-on. Drink when you are thirsty and you can never go wrong. I have not given up coffee myself, I did give up on sugar and creamer though. I also cut way back to one or two cups tops.

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:10 AM

Drink when you're thirsty and a bit more if you feel like you haven't met your daily requirement. I like to drink enough so that my piss is not too yellow but not completely clear. I have no scientific reasoning as to why but I think it's a good rule of thumb.

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(4176)

on June 24, 2012
at 10:57 AM

When you are thirsty you're already dehydrated

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on June 24, 2012
at 10:58 AM

When you're thirsty you're already dehydrated

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on January 25, 2014
at 03:25 PM

On an empty stomach or in the mornings: room temperature water.

With or after a meal: ice cold water (water from the fridge with ice cubes).

How much water? well on average the 2 kidneys hold about 400mls <---varies for everyone. 1 cup is 250mls. So I would say 2 cups of water every 90 minutes is good amount for achieving balance, and keeping insides functioning optimally.

It's balance thing.

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on January 25, 2014
at 03:22 PM

On an empty stomach or in the mornings: room temperature water.

With or after a meal: ice cold water (water from the fridge with ice cubes).

How much water? well on average the 2 kidneys hold about 400mls <---varies for everyone. 1 cup is 250mls. So I would say 2 cups of water every 90 minutes is good amount for achieving balance, and keeping insides functioning optimally.

It's balance thing.

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on January 24, 2014
at 06:08 PM

I am the contrary not thirsty. My blood pressure has gone to 132/70 without BP pills. I guess the water is coming out of the cells?

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on February 07, 2013
at 06:17 PM

You should drink enough water that the colour of your urine is a regularly light yellow to clear - this means that you are well hydrated and the kidneys are easily flushing out waste

Strong yellow - means you are dehydrated and orange means your are severely dehydrated

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on June 24, 2012
at 06:19 PM

I think too much water prevents your body from absorbing all of the nutrients you eat... it flushes out of you too quickly. I tend to drink when I'm thirsty, not much more.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Hi! Why do you think this? Is there something you read that you can share?

Cfe88f41d0f90c6355a58eddbe78c9f8

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on July 04, 2012
at 05:36 PM

I tend to go to marksdailyapple for most of my info, so here's his article on the 8-cups-a-day myth: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/8-glasses-of-water-a-day/. As far as whether too much water prevents the absorption of nutrients, that's just a personal opinion, but maybe I've read something to that effect somewhere. I'll have to search around a bit.

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on June 24, 2012
at 05:08 PM

Ray Peat doesn't like water, and as I've said before he has yet to be wrong about any of my experiences (he was spot-on for water, gelatin, salt, sugar, coconut oil, orange juice, milk, aspirin, ...).

My severe health problems started around the time I drank 6 liters of water daily. I'm not saying it was the cause of my problems, but it definitely wasn't helping.

Restricting water is silly, but blindly listening to people telling you you have to drink 8 glasses of water daily is even more silly. Drink when you feel like drinking, and if you drink milk I'd even use that, since most of our drinking water nowadays has weird stuff in it, even mineral water.

Mark at marks daily apple also isn't a big fan of the 'half your body weight in ounces of your water' hype.

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on June 25, 2012
at 02:14 AM

Wow, that was a fantastic linked article. Thanks so much.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:46 PM

I just drink when I'm thirsty. Eating lots of fruits and veggies add to your water intake in some ways. If you drink coffee then yes that dehydrates you as well and having excess sodium intake. You sort of get to know your body after a while and you know when to drink the water when you need it.

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on June 24, 2012
at 04:40 PM

I think the drinking half your bodyweight in ounces is total nonsense. At that point you're just passing it all anyway. The body requires adequate sodium to properly absorb the water. It's the reason salty food helps you feel better when you're hungover; alcohol causes the body to go through its sodium stores and makes you dehydrated. Bottom line, you can drink much less water, just sprinkle some salt in it if you're not getting your sodium elsewhere.

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