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how much H2O do you drink daily?

post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
I am kind of bad and only consume about 3/4 of a litre, usually more if I go to the gym...that being said most of my co-workers don't drink ANY water. So realistically how much SHOULD I be drinking, keeping in mind that I can not have water with me during the day only during coffee break and lunch break (I work in a lab setting and no food/drink allowed) and I can't be in the bathroom all day
post #2 of 24
I'm really really bad. I don't drink water at all. The only water I drink is in my ice tea, but that's about it. Other than that, I don't really like water.
post #3 of 24
The way I've started drinking my water is I take a regular water bottle (17 oz), and I try to drink 3 bottles worth at work - that gives you just under 7 of the 8 8oz glasses recommended, then I try to drink the rest at home. But I have an office job, so I can actually drink water at my desk.
post #4 of 24
Ummmmm... does ice count? :\
post #5 of 24
Not being able to drink all day at work would kill me!!! I drink a good gallon a day on average (+/-). I'm not sure what to tell you about trying to get in more, since you're restricted in the lab... but that being said... you do, somehow, need more water.
~J
post #6 of 24
About 5 bottles (500mL) sized, only if I'm at work though. If it's on the weekend when I'm not at work... I'd say 2 bottles.
post #7 of 24
1000ml bottle (32 oz) x 3
post #8 of 24
You should be drinking at least half your body weight in ounces. So if you weigh 120 pounds you drink at least 60 ounces of water per day, sipped not chugged. Good pure water too.

However, if you have a diet high in fruit and vegetables then you don't need as much water. Foods with high water contents also make up for fluid you drink.

If you drink coffee, tea or caffeinated beverages you should add an extra 8 ounces for each caffeinated beverage and make sure you take some good salt with your water. Without salt the water passes though the body without cleansing and stresses the kidneys. A lick of good sea salt per glass or a tsp of sole(salt dissolved in water unitl it is saturated) per day. NOT table salt but good sea salt. Table salt is nothing but bleached chemicals.
post #9 of 24
at LEAST 64 oz, but probably average about 80-96 oz, probably a little more. I started drinking a lot of water in H.S. I was working a restaurant job and drinking all the free pepsi I could handle, but I was going to the bathroom all the time too. I switched to water and hardly ever had to go pee on the job. That was a pretty clear sign to me that my body needed it at the time.
post #10 of 24
i drink about 3 bottles a day and water is the only liquid i drink.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by kenics View Post
at LEAST 64 oz, but probably average about 80-96 oz, probably a little more. I started drinking a lot of water in H.S. I was working a restaurant job and drinking all the free pepsi I could handle, but I was going to the bathroom all the time too. I switched to water and hardly ever had to go pee on the job. That was a pretty clear sign to me that my body needed it at the time.
That's b/c in part, the caffeine in the cola. Makes you pee a lot.

I drink water whenever I feel like it I guess!
post #12 of 24
i work in a lab setting too. but every hour or two i'll get up to stretch the old legs and get a drink. those breaks plus lunch, and drinking after work I can easily get in 8 cups.

in nalgene-speak: fill up and drink one nalgene before work ends, and drink another by bedtime
post #13 of 24
I do my best to drink at least 72 oz. everyday . . .
post #14 of 24
Thread Starter 
You guys are all soooo good
post #15 of 24
64-96 oz a day usually, minimum of 64 though.
post #16 of 24
I love water! I try and carry a water bottle everywhere I go. I usually drink 2-3 500ml water bottles a day.
post #17 of 24
I have no idea how much I drink and I don't really sweat it. I drink 500 mL of coffee every morning, and it actually doesn't dehydrate you - they've done studies, and that actually does go towards your total for the day. If I'm thirsty, I drink water. I do make a point to have a bit of extra before heading to the gym or to yoga, and I bring my water bottle with me to the gym. It might add up to 2L (I would not be surrprised because I drink like 400 mL with every meal) but it's not worth adding another thing to be concerned over "being bad" you know? It's water - you're not good or bad because of how much you drink!

I eat tons of fruit and veggies though.

The whole 8 cups thing is kind of just made up. Some people don't need that much. Some people need more. If your urine is pale or clear, you are hydrated enough. If it is very yellow, drink more.
post #18 of 24
The problem with coffe is not necessarily the diuretic effect or the caffeine it is that it is an acid producing agent in the stomach. When anything acid enters the stomach, it forces the body to use calcium, which is the bodies way of buffering the acid before it hits the blood stream. Since the blood always maintian a neutral PH, drinking coffee can cause you to deplete calium stores and everntually start leaching calcium from your bones to buffer the acid.

As far as the urine being clear, it only means that you are not pulling toxins with your water, it's not an indicator of hydration. Here is an experiment for you. Drink your normal water intake and watch your urine color. The next day, take a pinch of sea salt with each glass of water and watch your urine color. It will be dark and cloudy, which it should be to indicate that your kidneys are actually filtering your body, which is their job. Forcing them to process excess water with no salt, clear urine, is stressful and in the long run can cause adrenal exhaustion and kidney disease later in life becasue those toxins will accumualte in the kidneys. If you drink a lot of coffee, that disease will be kidney stones, which are calcium deposits. You must have salt, not table salt, but good clean salt, with your water so the kidneys function properly.
post #19 of 24
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Originally Posted by anuish143 View Post
I love water! I try and carry a water bottle everywhere I go. I usually drink 2-3 500ml water bottles a day.
i got to have a bottle where ever i go too! i try to keep very hydrated. ot, i also try to drink a cup of green tea a day too
post #20 of 24
Man, I drink around 4 500ml bottles just at work. Then encluding the gym and meals around 3.5 litres on average.

I find I always feel more "with it " mentaly and physicaly if I drink alot of h2O.
post #21 of 24
I drink about 2-3 reg bottles a day...probably still not enough!
post #22 of 24
I know I drink at least 60 ounces a day (and I'm in the bathroom every 10 minutes it seems) but yet I still wake up thirsty in the middle of the night. Does that mean I'm not drinking enough?
post #23 of 24
4x16.9oz bottles + 1 cup of coffee + whatever I drink at the gym when I workout.
post #24 of 24
about 4000 mL (4 Nalgene's)

I drink whenever I'm bored, hungry, tired ... anything
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