By theladyiscrazy Latest Reply 2010-08-10 06:25:12 -0500
Started 2010-06-30 17:46:02 -0500

We all know how important water is for our bodies. It is also a great drink for diabetics as it is free of calories and carbs. So, how many of us actually drink water on a regular basis? How many drink enough?

How do you determine how much water you should drink per day? I have seen three different methods:

1. When you are thirsty; drink. Many disagree with this and state that once you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated.

2. 64 oz per day (8 8oz glasses). I listened to Dr. Oz one day when he stated that this is based upon a study done in WWII and the tiny note at the bottom is not typically discussed. It states that you can also get part of that 64 oz from foods you eat that has water naturally occurring in it.

3. Based upon your weight. It can be calculated here: http://www.calculatorslive.com/Daily-Water-In....

So, what method do you use?

33 replies

Kaiyle 2010-08-10 06:25:12 -0500 Report

I actually love drinking water with no flavors added. I can put down a half gallon easy.

william_22 2010-07-21 07:15:42 -0500 Report

I drink a glass of water before meals to make me feel full and so I will only eat small portions.

LennyDenny 2010-07-21 08:21:13 -0500 Report

I also drink a glass before meals, it does help you feel fuller. I also drink 6-7 16 oz bottles of water a day, just to keep things flushed out. More on hot days if I'm outside for any amount of time. The more heat the more water.

Corynthus 2010-07-16 04:30:10 -0500 Report

when feeling dehydrated like all the time it most likly ( Well it is MY problem always ) that his sugar level is too high. try checking his sugar to see if it is high. We get thirsty or hungry alot when our sugar is acting up. ( gee I get TIRED of going to that darn bathroom !!! ) But I stay thirsty and drink LOTS of water every day. I avoid soda and juice because those things make my sugar level go too high very fast. In fact I do not use sugar at ALL and barely any other sweetners in any of my drinks ( if I DO drink anything else that is..)

Water does alot for us diabetics if we know it or not. For you beer drinkers , sweet coffee drinkers and otgher sweet drinkers , If after too much of something ( soda , juice , beer , wine , cooler ) Try drink a ICE COLD glass of water if you start feeling weezy or tired or too thirsty and so on. For some reason water really cleans up the body and flushes certain areas that we did not think it would do. But golly man , I drink TOO MUCH water and gain NO weight or fat tummy or nothing. (sigh)

tabby9146 2010-07-05 12:08:07 -0500 Report

thanks for this. I try to drink a good bit daily. This is just about the other beverage I drink most of the time. I just tried the new Crystal Light Fitness water, and I love it. I got the lemon lime flavor. No artificial sweeteners in this. I do wish it had a bit more flavor but at least it isn't too sweet like some I have tried. So it is great when you are outside and it's hot, or when you have been exercising. It quenches your thirst.

Chrisi&Johnny 2010-07-01 15:57:02 -0500 Report

My husband is often dehydrated and he gets intense headaches & migranes, but he is always drinking water or anything that he can if water is not an option. I don't understand why he is always so dehydrated.

MAYS 2010-07-01 16:28:15 -0500 Report

It's his body's way of flushing out the excess glucose (sugar) in his blood.

ccritch 2010-07-01 14:07:29 -0500 Report

I believe you calculate your weight and divide by 8 and that is how many ounces of water I think. So that means that I should drink a 22 oz of water daily. I drink my water daily especially through out the night I wake up and take a drink of water.

Kirla 2010-07-01 11:39:01 -0500 Report

I used to think that I was drinking to much water. I take about 100 ounces of water to work with me each day. Most days I drink most of it. That wasn’t counting what I drink in the morning before going to work or what I drank at home after work. I looked up how much I should be drinking on the site you listed and it said to drink 13 glasses of water each day. It looks like I’m been getting exactly what I’m supposed to be getting. Thanks for the link.


monkeymama 2010-06-30 23:21:49 -0500 Report

Did you know there is also a such thing as over drinking water. I read in a magazine at the doctors office about this and other issues (I think it was Web MD… or something MD). I was surprised considering we are always pushed to drink…drink…drink the water. The magazine also stated 1o0 best healthy produce that is full of water. Some I was surprised it was even on the list. I will have to check these sites here further. Because I don't have a method. I just drink 32oz. of water a day and use a water purifier pitcher and/or bottled Ice Mountain water. Unless I am working out, than I drink more and add a vitamin packet.

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 11:58:19 -0500 Report

That is Water poisoning. It is often done with someone that is trying to stay really thin and they don't eat correctly and they are drinking water instead. You have to consume a LOT of water in order for that to happen. Hmmm, need to go see what the amount is.

RAYT721 2010-06-30 21:38:16 -0500 Report

I hate the "crap from the tap" so I do find myself buying the Walgreens spring water when it's on sale ($2.99 for 24 bottles). My company recycles so I recently started bringing the plastic to work instead of it going to the landfill. I drink about four (16 oz) bottles of water daily and I use ice cube trays where the cubes are tubular to fit into the bottles. I got the trays at bed, bath and beyond (using coupons for those who know me as the cheap old man). I occasionally use flavoring packs but usually go with the plain H2O, especially after workouts.

theladyiscrazy 2010-07-01 11:56:22 -0500 Report

I have a water purifier on my refrigerator and have the ability to get the water from the door. Tap water tastes horrible, besides during the summer months they really up the chlorine here to the point when you take a shower it smells like a pool in your bathroom.

spiritwalker 2010-06-30 19:14:27 -0500 Report

I drink water all day long. I don't drink soda,coffee or regular
teas. My endo said they can all affect nerve response. At times
I drink herbal teas during colder weather. I prefer water. I
drink at least 64 oz per day sometimes more.

MAYS 2010-06-30 18:24:14 -0500 Report

It's very hard to fool your body.
When you require water, your body will require you to drink water or either consume food products that contain a great deal of fluids (fruit, vegetables), if and when necessary your body will begin to take water from your blood, muscle and \ or organ tissue.

You will give your body what it craves, as a diabetic I drink water constantly, whether or not I'm thirsty to help flush the excess glucose out of my system.
I do not believe in drinking a set amount of water per day, it then becomes forceful drinking, (in my opinion).


bettymachete 2010-06-30 17:56:16 -0500 Report

In the morning I fill up two 33oz water bottles ( they used to be filled with Smart Water), I drink those through the day. Some days I need to refill but by the end of the day I have made sure that both were drank. I refill in the morning.

theladyiscrazy 2010-06-30 17:58:17 -0500 Report

Good idea. I have one bottle that I refill through out the day. I believe it is around 23 oz. HMMMM. Two ready to go, that would be good.

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