Drinking water

By Germaine Latest Reply 2012-06-03 08:02:01 -0500
Started 2009-12-20 23:40:02 -0600

I know that I am guilty of not drinking enough water. There are some days I do not drink 1 glass of water. I am wondering if there is a way for a person like me to enjoy drinking water. If you have any advice or tricks on making water better to drink, please let me know.
This is becoming a concern to be because now my doctor asks me each time i see her if i am drinking enough water. What is the amount i should drink?
I am type 1 diabetic

I got some results back and mydoc said i was dehydrated. I wonder how he knows that. Also i have been feeling sick a lot

47 replies

gadgetgirl007 2012-06-02 17:32:01 -0500 Report

I too have heard drinking lots of water is good. I carried a water bottle with me before it was popular, only I didn't refill it often enough and drink enough. Recently I came down with a cold and pretty much overloaded on cold medication. This made me extremely thirsty. So much so that I consumed gallons and gallons of water, unfortunately at night, which seriously interrupted sleep with trips to the loo. The good news was that it brought my fasting morning blood glucose number into a normal range, at least excellent for me at 117. My usual morning #'s ranged from 159 - 204. I know I can't drink that much late at night. But it encourages me to work much harder at drinking more and more water through out the day. Teas are diuretic and artificial sugars aren't good either. Adding a squeeze of fresh lemon, lime orange juice can provide some taste.

sacdp29 2009-12-28 20:59:20 -0600 Report

I try to drink water. I keep bottled water next to my bed. But I've been drinking alot of iced tea (no caffeine and I use Splenda). Is that bad to drink lots of tea? Its got water…lol I drink Diet Pepsi every once in a while but mostly my tea.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-28 21:16:05 -0600 Report

Again, a dieuretic—-which unfortunately does defeat your purpose. I like tea too, so try to CHASE it with water. haha-PR

beadmom 2009-12-28 12:36:05 -0600 Report

I guess I am the unusual one in the crowd…I like my water piping hot with a little lemon. I drink it like tea in place of coffee..(after I've had the first coffee).


Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-28 14:36:57 -0600 Report

If your tummy can handle lemon, I can at times, I see no problem with that , and it does offer a bit of a change when your pallette seems bored! PR

Pumpersince94 2009-12-28 08:32:31 -0600 Report

I've been type 1 for 40 years this coming April. One way I got myself to start drinking more water was to consider 2 16 oz glasses part of my daily medication. Since I also take vitamins and other medications twice daily, I just added it to that routine. I actually like water now (never thought I would) and swear to everyone that I feel soooo much better now that I drink the 8 glasses per day, IN ADDITION TO the coffee and milk I also drink. Also, a friend of mine loves sliced cucumber in her water, me…not so much, but another thing you could try.

dietcherry 2009-12-28 09:08:09 -0600 Report

Oh, I agree with you! I also feel alot better when I stick to water. My Endo said that even slight dehydration can make you fatigued, especially diabetics, since hyperglycemia can send us in that direction quickly! I've also "heard" that if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated.

techguy87114 2012-06-02 23:55:37 -0500 Report

Water has no carbs or sugars and is the purest form of hydration. It is the best for your body/mind/soul.
I drink the flavored waters from Walmart. they are American Clear brand and come in about 16 different flavors in case you don't have a favorite.

Jan_Marie 2009-12-28 00:45:20 -0600 Report

They've made a mint outta the sweet water. Too expensive for me! Healthwise all that sugar around the heart and kidneys will kill me! White sugar is the white death…causes cancer. No bleached white sugar or bleached flour for me, thanks! Drink the eight glasses a day, not just substitutes. keep your figure, as well!

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-27 16:30:49 -0600 Report

I think one of the draw backs in drinking coffe and tea as a liquid is , its a dieuretic, and defeats your purpose. I like water—some—when icy, I am finding lately if I drink smaller glasses of water, then refill the glass, and ADD MORE ICE at the time—I seem to be guzzling more water down—still have a soda now and then tho, diet that is, but it also acts as a direuetic too, but sometimes we just need to do SOMETHING that we enjoy, then it seems easier for me to do what I should do. PR

feather 2009-12-27 14:57:47 -0600 Report

I pour water into a quart container in the am and drink it through out the day. Sometimes I refill it. I hold my breath when I drink water that way I do not have to taste it. I sometimes put lemon and sweetener in my water but not every time.

teresa43 2009-12-27 16:10:43 -0600 Report

i stay thirsty all the time and i drink bout 4 or 5 bottles a day i love my water. anyone else stayin thirsty .

heart2heart 2009-12-27 09:32:25 -0600 Report

I don't particularly like water either. But one of my prescriptions states to drink a full glass each time I take the med…ok…that's good for 2 glasses. The 2Go teas are great to add to bottled water. (here I only buy SPRING water…otherwise I use my own home's water). The carbonated flavored waters are a good substitute.

Antique-Dave 2009-12-27 07:53:10 -0600 Report

I don't think that the 8 glasses of water is supposed to be in addition to the other fluids you take in during the day.

If you have a cup of coffee that counts towards your daily fluid needs, same as soup broth. Water is going to be healthier then a can of pop but I gotta say that there are some things that just don't go together.

Pizza and Milk as example.

Sometimes a soda just plain tastes good.

Keep a pitcher of iced green tea in the fridge, its supposed to help improve insulin sensitivity too.

JulieC 2009-12-27 08:03:21 -0600 Report

Doctor told me the other day…take your weight…devide in half…thats how many ounces of water you should drink a day…sounds like alot…and she said..coffee and sodas ans such do not count…what do you do if you hate water?

Antique-Dave 2009-12-27 13:58:04 -0600 Report

From Mayo Clinic
Eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Another approach to water intake is the "8 x 8 rule" — drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day (about 1.9 liters). The rule could also be stated, "drink eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," as all fluids count toward the daily total. Though the approach isn't supported by scientific evidence, many people use this basic rule as a guideline for how much water and other fluids to drink.

From a study on dehydration
The purpose of the study was to find out if caffeine is dehydrating in healthy people who are drinking normal amounts of it. It is not." The same goes for tea, juice, milk and caffeinated sodas: One glass provides about the same amount of hydrating fluid as a glass of water. The only common drinks that produce a net loss of fluids are those containing alcohol.

dietcherry 2009-12-27 17:26:40 -0600 Report

How did they define "normal amount"? Caffeine is a diuretic so were study participants also drinking a fair amount of water? What is "healthy" by their standards? Too many variables are unexplained.

Antique-Dave 2009-12-27 21:39:19 -0600 Report

I just clipped a paragraph, if you want to get into deep water I guess we could go there.

My only point was that I did not believe that drinking 8 x 8 oz glasses of water was needed in addition to the fluids we get from other sources.

If links, and bibliographies are needed please advise.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-27 23:46:21 -0600 Report

Good luck, you two!!! I am a simple person and just understand a few basics, as far as more info, my brain couldn't handle it anyway, so will keep on trying to consume 8-eight oz glasses of water a day, PLus my other drinks—-whatever! Have Fun!! Pr

dietcherry 2009-12-28 09:26:33 -0600 Report

You're right, Julie-My Endo also says other fluids don't count because there are so many things contained in them that your body has to filter out and void (thereby drawing water out of your cells), so you may defeat your purpose. Any fluid is good, but he says 8 glasses of water means just that-8 glasses of water!

Jan_Marie 2009-12-28 00:35:11 -0600 Report

I quit sodas! caffiene has xanthum which causes skin tags and it affects the eyesight making one see yellow auras. You need to drink plenty of water. I like the lemon/lime slices, as well. I like to fill my Britta and leave it at room temp because I don't like the freon taste from the fridge and my body stays at room temp anyway; I haven't had a the flu in a long time, either…

dietcherry 2009-12-27 03:38:10 -0600 Report

Don't forget about how good being well-hydrated is for your skin! I quit diet soda back in my 20's; all I would drink was water, milk, and beer for years! Earlier this year, someone offered me a diet coke (OMG I love it!) and I was hooked again. Then I started noticing how bad my facial skin was looking-dry, saggy, and every bit of its 41 years. So, out with the soda and back to the water. My face is plump again. :)

Lisa Ann
Lisa Ann 2009-12-25 09:17:54 -0600 Report

All I drink is water! I usually drink 6 bottles of water a day. Before dx I drank 4 cans of coke a day. It was really hard to give up, but I did it cold tukey. I have drank only water for the last 1 1/2 years. Have had dt. sodas once in a great while, but not very often, problably 10 in the last 1 1/2.

giojuju 2009-12-23 12:59:56 -0600 Report

having not enough water is bad for ur body but also haver 2 much water is also bad for ur body. i just got in trouble with my dr cuz he says i drink 2 much water and it can also cause problems. i usually drink about 5 gallons of pure water in 2 days sometimes even more and nothing else. it takes time to get used to drinking water so just give it a change and try it with other stuff in it. there are so many things u can add to it and make it takes good. u'll get used to it.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-23 19:52:44 -0600 Report

Oh, my goodness!! 5 GALLONS in 2 days? Swim, swim—-and you are right that too much water is not good, overworks the kidneys, plus depletes your salt and nutirents from your body, moderation is key, I think—-6 to 8, eight oz glasses a day, unless your Dr says differently. I used to have to pump and carry all of my water, so drank sparingly, so had to force myself to turn on the faucet in later years——Do fairly well now—- nothing to brag about tho—PR

London 2009-12-22 23:03:17 -0600 Report

I add a pack of fruit punch crystal light to a 16.9 oz of water. I love it. There are many diff. flavors. I didn't think I would like it, but it's my new addiction.

Cicely 2009-12-23 11:36:10 -0600 Report

Water is my drink of choice, gave up soda about 5 years ago. Get a Britta water pitcher, or some other brand, buy replacement filters at at discount store, I never buy water and don't like the flavored stuff. I keep a large cup of ice water with me as I go about my day and a container when I am out and about
My mother was shopping one day and felt sick and dizzy, she thought something was seriously wrong, she was dehydrated, a bottle of water made her feel better. It is so important to be hydrated, we are mostly water and it needs to be replenished through the day.
A doctor can tell by just looking at you, plus blood is drawn and flows better when you are hydrated, easier testing.
Merry Christmas

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-23 12:00:56 -0600 Report

True, also thru the blood work, also shows up in your urinary output, or pinch the skin on your arm, if it maintains that peak for a bit, you are DRY! PR

drpeppergirl2003 2009-12-22 00:32:37 -0600 Report

hey there is stuff at the store that you can put in your water to make it taste better if it is the taste of water you don't like

mamaoak 2009-12-21 20:20:14 -0600 Report

I like ice cold water and i dont drink soft drinks insted perrier water it has lots of minerals we need.

DiabetesDiva 2009-12-21 19:56:58 -0600 Report

For me, the water has to be ice cold. I don't know why, but it works for me. Now if I could just keep my kitty from drinking out of my glass…

spiritwalker 2009-12-21 14:28:22 -0600 Report

I use pieces of fruit to enhance the flavor. There are also low
calorie drink mixes in many flavors. I switch between these.

ptsparkle 2009-12-21 14:20:46 -0600 Report

Sounds like all have given good advice. Try a slice of lemon, lime, or orange. I have a slight advantage out here in the boondocks with my own well. No added nothings! I prefer my with ice in thbe glass. Good luck.

JustBob 2009-12-21 11:19:00 -0600 Report

I identify with you fully on not drinking enough water. I'm a diet ginger ale fanatic, but it's getting damn expensive anymore to drink lots of soda. Ive tried various fruit flavor teas-herbal not caffeine types; OK but not great. I've always kept my water in fridge til the other week when I was spilling ketones due to flu. I tried to drink the cold water and it made me nauseuous, so by chance I tried room temp water. WOW I was able to drink it that way with no queasy feeling at all.

not sure if this helps ya, but just my experiance

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-21 13:18:39 -0600 Report

I am not sure that this fits in—-but I drink sugar-free jello, about 1/2 the box, in hot water! It is an excellent thing to have when your system is upset, gets the fluids in at a reasonable way—-I like it hot, better than cold—-I can just feel the energy coursing thru my veins when I drink it. I used this, plus water off of boiled potatoes or rice, too, as a starch that supplements your system when it is out of whack, but is also good to JUST DRINK——at least it is another method of getting water down!

Here in Anthony, the water is so Hard, you have to sift the rocks out before drinking, so I always add ice, they say that ice has air and will cause gas, but I can hardly stand to drink it STRAIGHT! hah-_PR

Hinboyz3 2009-12-21 07:25:26 -0600 Report

You must get enough water in your daily diet, try adding some of those no calorie packets to your water. Like I use crystal light, they have lots of flavors to choose from.

Pam from KCMO
Pam from KCMO 2009-12-21 05:24:03 -0600 Report

I switched from diet soft drinks to carbonated water. La Croix or Mendota Springs (?) are the two I use, with the lemon or lime flavoring (tho there are others, too)

That way I get the carbonation (I like the bubbles) along with the water I should be drinking. Maybe not as good as plain water - I don't know - but better than the next-to-nothing amount I was drinking. You might try it.

Petrea 2009-12-21 03:34:27 -0600 Report

I keep a gallon of water in the refrigerator so it is always nice and cold and add ice to it. I also like the crystal light green tea with lemon on the go packets and add one of them to a large size drinking jar with the handle on it that was so popular years ago. The water goes down alot easier for me that way.

Pat Roth
Pat Roth 2009-12-21 01:08:47 -0600 Report

Agreed on the amount—water helps your kidneys to flush out the impurities in your systemand to digest your food—-they say that a person can live without food for weeks but only 3 days without water. I am surprised that you aren't having a lot of health issues on that small amt of water. PR

msann 2009-12-20 23:55:23 -0600 Report

hey germaine you know you need to drink at least 6 to 8 glasses aday or 4 or 5 bottle waters,water keeps your insulin flowing thru your body better, give it a go, you will tell the difference

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