Non water drinker..

By runthe Latest Reply 2012-04-28 22:25:14 -0500
Started 2012-04-16 11:13:29 -0500

Hi all I have a question? I am not a water drinker. In the past 2 weeks i can actually say that I have drinken only 3 bottles of water. I have tried but just can't drink it. I drink plenty of juice and diet pepsi. Lately I have been having severe itching all over my body, I having been scratching so much that I have welts and sores all over my body. Also I am staring to have pain in my lower back and muscle cramps. Is this the result of not drinking enough water or is this something else that I should worry about.

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MrsCDogg 2012-04-28 22:25:14 -0500 Report

My husband is a non-water drinker too. I personally just don't get how someone can not like water, but that's just me. I love it. It is my drink of choice. I have a Mr. Coffee tea maker and make my husband a pitcher full every day. He takes half a gallon to work with him daily. Get you something like Crystal Light. It would be better than juice and soda. I think you'd find that your skin would be less itchy too. Coconut oil makes great skin moisturizer too. Put some in a bowl and whip the heck out of it with your mixer for like 6 or 7 minutes. You will have some very nice coconut body butter. You can add some essential oil that you like the fragrance of and there you have it.

Young1s 2012-04-20 13:45:03 -0500 Report

I drink nothing but water during the day, with the exception of my morning tea; and an occasional can of diet pepsi. I never drink juice anymore. It sends my BG levels through the roof. It's better to eat a piece of fresh fruit instead.

Even though I drink lots of water, I still get dry skin sometimes. Using a good moisturizing lotion right after bathing/showering helps lock in the moisture in my skin. I just reapply as needed. I make a concoction of peanut oil (usually but have tried others) and scented lotion. Sometimes I add cocoa butter to it too.

You might want to try a combination of the suggestions below. Like adding some lemon juice (fresh squeezed), Mio or Crystal Light to a bottle of sparkling water. That way it'll have the fizz and flavorings that you want and you'll be getting your necessary water intake. Stay away from flavored sparkling water though, some have just as much added sugar as soda does. The important thing is to get up to at least 8 glasses of water a day, but more is better.

TsalagiLenape 2012-04-20 08:13:55 -0500 Report

Personally for years I hated drinking water which stems from being hospitalized for 7 months with my first pregnancy. Yet have found that if I drink a bottle of diet soda I have to drink two bottles of water. Yet if you freeze the bottle water it helps. Also on burning calories. Add some fresh fruit juice from fresh fruit and a juicer. Or tea helps too. Just for flavor. So I hope this helps. Have a great day!:)

GabbyPA 2012-04-19 09:38:02 -0500 Report

I am a water drinker. The only thing is has to be is ice cold. Other than that, I love it and always have it with me. Now I do like it better when it is filtered and not a city water filled with smelly chemicals. We have a whole house filter and that makes a huge difference. I used to drink sodas, flavored waters and so on, but now it is pretty much decaf tea and water. Everyone's suggestions are great and finding a way to get it into your daily routine is important. It helps with glucose levels to keep hydrated well. Often other drinks don't do as good of a job as water does.

Itchy skin is typical with diabetics, and as MoeGig says, you may want to check your B-12 levels. Specially if you are on metformin, as it will deplete it if you are not careful. Take a sub-lingual B-12 and see if that helps.

runthe 2012-04-19 10:31:13 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby, yesterday I did manage to drink a bottle of water. It took the whole day. I went to the lab to have blood taken and I had to be stuck 4 times before t hey got enough blood to fill the 4 tubes they needed. They finally found a vein on the back side of my arm. Talk about painful. The tech said it is because I don't drink enough water. I am not on metformin but I do take Insulin and actos
The drs are giving me antibiotic cream for my skin because i have scratch so much that I have sores on my back and over my whole body…

GabbyPA 2012-04-19 10:42:55 -0500 Report

Congrats on the bottle. Now if you can make it two, you will be on your way. I live where it is hot, so drinking water is always on my mind.

Wow, what did your doctor say about your dry skin? Some people are just predisposed to it and environment has a lot to do with it as well. Coconut oil can be a great help with dry or ashy skin. I use the food oil. Not creams with other things in it. I have been getting what I call "old lady" skin. Yuck. Coconut oil goes in fast and is not oily after.

Yep, as much water as I drink, I had the same trouble at the doctor's office. I now make sure I drink at least 24 oz of water before my lab so they can hit my veins the first time and not have to poke around. I have done it on my last two visits and it works like a charm.

runthe 2012-04-19 10:45:47 -0500 Report

The dr said that I was suffering from lack of water and that my skin needs to be hydrated. My goal today is to drink two bottles of water. On my way to the daibetic clinic today. Hope I have wonderful news to share.

MoeGig 2012-04-18 19:48:38 -0500 Report

Relative to itchy skin, I found out that my B12 was almost zero. Dermatologist put me on B12 and it's definitely helping. Relative to drinking water…I basically don't like water by itself, but have come to like flavored fizzy waters…they have zero carbs, but provide a twist of flavor. You definitely need to remain hydrated. Good Luck and best wishes.

pixsidust 2012-04-17 07:59:03 -0500 Report

Watch that juice! Blows your glucose high! Not really a good choice…Ever.
You have to watch all sugars, being natural does not make it good. Soda is hard on your kidneys especially dark soda. Crystal light as others have mentioned is the way to go. There are some fabulous flavors now.

If you have diabetes and itchy skin you are not alone. The causes and treatment of itching related to diabetes is not mysterious. Let's see what we can do to stop that itchy feeling.

Localized itching is often caused by diabetes, because of complications arising from improperly managed blood sugar levels. This manifests itself in a number of ways but most commonly it is a yeast or fungus infection, dry skin, or poor circulation. Several skin diseases are also more common in diabetics, typically due to poor circulation.

I hope you can make some good choices for yourself. I drink my water icy cold. I usually freeze a large water bottle half full laid on its side and then add water to the other half. Then I leave it in the fridge for an hour and drink up.

Remember you are important!

runthe 2012-04-17 08:05:41 -0500 Report

thank you, I am going to by me some of those crystal light water flavors. I go to the doctor next week and I am going to see what she says about my itchy skin.

granniesophie 2012-04-17 06:16:22 -0500 Report

I don't like plain water either, but I also use Mio , and I've found that one or 2 squirts in 32 oz of water makes it much easier to drink. Or crystal Light, even a half works good. Especially in the Arizona desert, we gotta have that water, and it is very common to see everyone hauling a water bottle around with them! I even carry a big purse and sneak iwater into movies! I'll be darned if I'm gonna pay $4 for the same bottle of water that costs .50 in the grocery store! What's extra in it?? Gold?? LOL :)

runthe 2012-04-17 08:07:52 -0500 Report

Lol I know thats right I refuses to by single bottles of water when I'm out, the cost is to much. I never heard of Nio before but I am going to see if I can find it in the stores. Thank you

northerngal 2012-04-18 13:42:51 -0500 Report

Mio is a new product thats been advertised on television recently. Its a sugar free water flavoring and coloring. Don't know what flavors they have, I stick to iced tea or Kool-aid (sugar free of course). Might work out well if you like it and its not ridiculously priced.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-17 06:01:26 -0500 Report

I add crystal light to my water, don't really like water alone. I still get some muscle cramps at night, I have to put drink water on my to do list! Good luck and please do take care!

northerngal 2012-04-18 13:46:24 -0500 Report

If you are getting muscle cramps, it could be from dehydration. When I do a lot of bicycling, I use Gatorade G2. Its a lower calorie gatorade with the right mix of minerals to avoid dehydration. It also tastes good so you drink more. If you aren't active, you'll need to calculate the carbs into your plan, but cramps are a sign of something wrong and shouldn't be ignored for too long. Give it a try and see if it makes a difference.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-04-20 05:47:26 -0500 Report

Northern gal, thanks I know the leg cramps are a sign of dehydration. I will try the Gatorade, and drinking more water. Initially Dr. Had also said to take a potassium/magnesium supplement. This helps! I am now only getting leg cramps maybe one every 2 wks, all of this helps! Thanks!

Armourer 2012-04-16 15:23:26 -0500 Report

I drank a half gallon of diet soda for over 20 yrs. Just over two months ago I quite and now drink only water. I place a couple squirts of lemon juice in my water and for me this works much better. I try to drink a gallon of water a day. As for the itching and cramps, please see your doc! Best to ya.

Caroltoo 2012-04-16 12:14:10 -0500 Report

The cramps and muscle spasms could be dehydration causing bowel issues, these are also signs of PID or uterine involvement. The welts and itching could be heat, B vitamin deficiency, allergies, or they could all be related somehow. The possibilities are almost endless; I would go see a doctor.

Juice raises BGs considerably more than fruit; I'd find a substitute for the juice and personally I've stopped the diet cola/pepsi also. Water has never been my favorite … spent years trying to avoid drinking it, but have now learned to like it with lemon in it. Just a thought about an option.

runthe 2012-04-17 08:15:20 -0500 Report

The muscle cramps is the worse because, I have them even in my stomach Will try to drink more water.

jayabee52 2012-04-16 11:50:30 -0500 Report

Don't mess around Runthe. Get to your Dr and get yourself checked out.

Pain in your lower back and cramps could POSSIBLY be kidneys (could also be other things also). But you won't know for sure unless and until you get to your Dr and get a blood and urine test.

I myself drink water 99.8% of the time due to my kidneys being bad. My suggestion is to learn to like water. You can spark up the taste of your water by putting the juice of a lemon or a lime in it, or I am told floating a cucumber slice in your water.

I use Brita filtered water pitcher and a Brita filtered water bottle to take the chlorine out. My kidneys have been on the edge of needing dialysis for a little more than a year now (and counting). I believe I have delayed the dialysis mainly due to drinking mostly water.

runthe 2012-04-17 08:12:00 -0500 Report

Hi James, I don't know what is wrong with me. I know that it is important to drink more water. I have been suffering from kidney infections every since childhood. I go to the dr next week and I am going to let her know what is going on. Hope that all is well with you.

JoleneAL 2012-04-16 14:51:09 -0500 Report

I hate water too. I use the powdered water flavors from Walmart and that helps. Makes water taste better and they are sugar free and cheap

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