Importance of Drinking Water

Betty Jo Petty
By Betty Jo Petty Latest Reply 2008-09-14 09:39:07 -0500
Started 2008-04-20 17:23:18 -0500

In my opinion, we need to find out about the importance of drinking water. I am Type 2, and if I consume sugar, I have been told drinking water will flush it out.
Any ideas, comments on this?

13 replies

GabbyPA 2008-09-12 13:11:12 -0500 Report

Water is life. We can go without food, but without water, our bodies shut down. We are so dehydrated that we mistake thirst for hunger and make it worse. Then we drink a coffee or a soda and add to the problem.

We have eliminated soda from our home and though it was hard at frist (I was a two can a day gal)Now, I find that I feel better (NO MORE ASPERTAME OR SPLENDA!) and way less caffine. I still drink iced tea for dinner usually, but I know that I drink at least 40-60 oz of plain (filtered not bottled) water. I too need to drink more, but I am working towrad that.

I used to be afraid that the more I drank the more I would pee. But the opposite seems to happen. Does anybody know why that is so?

Edie 2008-09-12 11:15:20 -0500 Report

I have been told for any pop I drink I should drink the same amount of water to dilute it in my system. Hope that helps others. I also drink a glass of water after drinking a glass of Lemonade.
Thanks for the info.

Toma 2008-04-22 04:23:36 -0500 Report

Hi Betty Jo,

Water is indeed important. all of our body functions require water. Most Americans are chronically dehydrated. Water does help flush excess blood glucose from our systems. When I was in ICU when I was first diagnosed I had extremely high blood sugar readings. They had me on an IV drip for 4 days as well as drinking all the water they could get me to drink to get the excess glucose out of my system. As Froggy said, water is just one part of the equation but it is an important part

The minimum we should drink is 2 quarts per day and more if we are perspiring a lot from exercise, hight temperature or all the other things that make us sweat.

Drinking caffeinated drinks also increases the amount of water we should drink. One glass of water needs to be added for each cup of coffee or other caffeinated beverage.

Without sufficient water our kidneys can not do their job.

Betty Jo Petty
Betty Jo Petty 2008-05-03 16:40:43 -0500 Report

Yes, it's important to think to drink water after having other types of drinks with sugar and caffeine.

So, listen people, if you have been drinking only your favorite drink, which might start with a 'C' or a 'P', just joking, it's time for a change.

Don't like the taste of water? Try adding some ice, or maybe a slice of lemon. Do whatever you have to do, but start drinking water.

Yes, I have to include myself in that. Drink more water.

We also need to start keeping a record of how much we drink, so we know for sure we are getting enough.

I'm Betty Jo

caspersmama 2008-09-14 06:12:21 -0500 Report

Have a question about the water. I do drink alot of water daily but I also drink decaffienated tea without any kind of sweetner would that count as a water?

Toma 2008-09-14 09:39:07 -0500 Report

Decaf is better than straight tea but it still has caffeine. Add one glass of
water for each cup of caffeinated beverage so I am guessing 1/2 glass additional
water for decaffeinated drinks. Dr. Code told me it is better to make your own
decaffeinated tea to avoid the harsh chemicals used to make decaf. To do so,
just through away the first steep and re-steep the tea for a beverage that is
naturally much lower in caffeine while still getting the anti oxidants. I have not
been able to find anything to verify this.

All tea naturally contains caffeine, whether it's green, black, oolong or white
tea. Since all tea comes from the same plant, it's not surprising that all tea
shares similar characteristics. The exact caffeine content of tea is
unfortunately, a matter still up for debate. On average, green teas have
slightly less caffeine than black. However, any specific green tea could have
more or less caffeine than any specific black tea. Some sources site dramatic
caffeine differences between the different categories of teas, greatly confusing
the matter. A great resource for scientific research of this nature is The
Canadian Tea Council. Check out their website at . Luckily, all the
research seems to agree that tea contains only about 1/3 of the caffeine found
in coffee. Antioxidants are properties found in some foods that can reduce your
risk of getting cancer and heart disease. All tea is high in antioxidants, but
there is still debate over whether certain teas contain more antioxidants than
others. Some studies say that white tea contains the most, followed by green
tea, and then black tea. Other studies say that the antioxidant benefits are
similar between categories. Again, you can read about all the most recent
antioxidant research at .

Although herbal tea is prepared in a similar way to regular tea, it is not
really "tea" at all. To truly be tea, the leaves must come from the Camillia
Sinensis bush. Herbal teas usually contain herbs, fruits, spices, flowers or
leaves from other plants, but no leaves from the true tea plant. As a result,
herbal teas are more properly called infusions, or tisanes. Because herbal teas
do not contain any tealeaves, they are nearly always caffeine free. Some of the
herbal teas also contain anti-oxidants so are a good choice while avoiding the

FroggyB 2008-04-21 01:57:16 -0500 Report

When our blood sugars are high, our bodies try to get rid of sugar any way we can; one way, (the main way) is by urinating more than usual. A person can get dehydrated if not drinking enough fluid in this instance. If a persons bgs get really high, they may start throwing up, making them even more dehydrated. Drinking water is important, because it is carbohydrate free and will keep us hydrated, but it won't necessarily "flush the sugar out of our bodies". The only way to get rid of the sugar is to get insulin to pick it up and move it into our muscles and out of our blood stream. So, yes, water is critical, but it won't bring down our blood sugars unless we are combining it with appropriate diet, exercise and medication.

CALpumper 2008-04-21 04:34:30 -0500 Report

Well said and Welcome FroggyB, good to have an expert on board!

And yes John, when I am sick or having a very high blood sugar level, water is key. I take insulin to correct the bsl but that takes some time to adjust itself. The water helps with the "symptoms" of a high as described by Froggy. Boy does it help and quickly!

NyxWulf 2008-04-21 05:30:57 -0500 Report

Something I wonder about is my morning glucose numbers. If I drink some water about 30 minutes before I take my measurement, it reads 10-15 points lower than if I don't have any water. Is that related to the fact that our meters measure plasma instead of actual blood sugar? I'm still pretty new to this whole diabetes thing and trying to figure it all out.


CALpumper 2008-04-21 05:58:38 -0500 Report

Great question NyxWolf!!!

Froggy, any ideas?

Guess we need to research this a bit more…get some more feedback too, from some professionals.

Betty Jo Petty
Betty Jo Petty 2008-04-21 05:51:29 -0500 Report

Medications are of course of utmost importance. One reason we need to know more about the intake of water.
Not only because the numbers go up. but also because the numbers go down.

Thanks for replying.

John Crowley
John CrowleyCA 2008-04-20 17:33:54 -0500 Report

Welcome to the site, Betty Jo.

As for your question about drinking water, I don't know that flushing out the sugar is exactly what is happening. But I do know that staying hydrated is absolutely essential to helping the body recover.

For example, when my son (a type 1) has been really sick, his blood sugars skyrocket. We would follow all of the sick day instructions, but we found that one of the keys to getting him back on track was simply getting water in him. The fluids seem to help all of our other efforts to start to work better.

There's my two cents. Froggy B is a certified nutritionist (or something like that). I'll see if I can get her to give a more technical answer to your question.

Betty Jo Petty
Betty Jo Petty 2008-04-21 05:49:16 -0500 Report

Thank you for the welcome. I wrote a little on HubPages to try to get others in on the idea of talking about our medical conditions, mainly Diabetes.
I can see we Do need to research into the water intake.

This is important to all people, not just diabetics.