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May 3rd, 2007

dehydrated @ 12:15 pm

Current Mood: sick sick

A friend sent me that "Water vs. Coke" email thing that's been going around for awhile now, and it got me thinking. I know I'm one of those 37% (according to that email) with virtually no thirst mechanism, or one that gets misinterpreted by the brain as hunger - which is probably a prime factor why I'm severely overweight. A lot of my constant sinus congestion and pressure are also a side effect of dehydration. Wouldn't be surprised if the same's true for the fatigue and joint pain, especially in my knees. I was playing a game on Gazerwolf's PSP last night before bed and had to stop because my eyes were so dry I couldn't focus.

So ... how do you force yourself to drink that much water when you don't ever feel thirsty?
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Date:May 3rd, 2007 04:38 pm (UTC)
I bought a cup that encourages me to drink. It's a Camelbak bottle, and it has a bite-valve on it that for some reason makes it easy to drink. I keep it with me as often as I can, and I drink because I get bored.

Drinking from a glass, I'll drink a small sip. From my bottle, I'll drink more each sip.

I don't really have much of a thirst mechanism and I thought I was just weird. I guess it's nice to know I'm not the only one.
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Date:May 3rd, 2007 04:59 pm (UTC)
I don't think I have much of a thirst mechanism either, and I'm not overly fond of water (frankly, if I drink more than 8 oz of just plain water a day, I'd be shocked). Which isn't to say that I don't drink beverages (tea, diet soda, etc) but I know it's not the same thing. I really only drink plain water if a) I'm hot/sweaty, or b) my blood sugar is up and I'm hella thirsty.

When I have to drink water, I like to add those little packets of diet Lipton Green Tea to Go with Honey & Lemon flavoring. It vastly improves the taste, but with no sugar and no caffeine. :)
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Date:May 3rd, 2007 05:04 pm (UTC)
I don't much like the taste of water (or more correctly, the lack of taste) but I'm not thirsty and not thinking about it anyway, which helps.

The flavors might help you drink more water. I find that since I started drinking more, I'm getting used to it now.
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Date:May 3rd, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)

Hope this helps!!

I don't know how much water the email calls for, but a good general amount to start with is 6 cups a day, and then work your up to eight cups a day. We get a lot of water from food and such, so it's not as bad as a lot of people make it out to be.

I keep a water bottle with me, and refill it throughout the day. The more regularly I drink water, the more I want it.

It is absolutely true that sometimes thirst gets mistaken for hunger.

You might try using those little Crystal Light packets or something. Until I got used to it, I made myself drink half pure water and half sugar, alcohol, and caffeine free options like hot herbal tea and Diet Sprite. So, three cups of water, one herbal tea, one 20 oz sprite was a good day. Now I drink about 10 cups of water a day.

I <3 my water bottles b/c I can just keep water chilled in the fridge.

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Date:May 3rd, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Well, you drink a lot of coffee and other things that are actually working to dehydrate you. Substitute water for some of the crap. (Yes, it is crap!) Bribe yourself; you can have another cup of coffee/junk IF you finish the same amount of water. (A normal coffee mug holds 6 fl oz of water. That's not a hard amount to force down.)

After a bit, your body will notice how good it feels being more hydrated and feeling better will compel you to actually take care of the drinking thing.
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Date:May 4th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Here's my thing... I made a rule for myself... Every morning I buy myself 3 20 oz bottles of water (or I have a case in the car and I take three bottles out of the case) This changes to 4 if the bottles are 16 oz btw. I am not allowed to have pop until those bottles are gone for the day.

I recently acquired a taste for coffee.. go figure.. so I had to work my way over to decaf coffee... which took a few weeks... but the rule stands... I can drink my coffee, and I find that drinking a hot drink like that I will still drink my water. If I take pop to work with me I won't drink my water, so the pop stays home, and the water goes to work with me.

In winter, I'm less inclined to drink plain water, so yes, I do flavor it with sugar free caffeine free flavorings... Kroger makes a Propel knockoff that we use a lot... and the benefit is that while Propel has some sugar (small amounts, but when you have to watch your sugar 9 grams can be a lot, and that's how much is in one Propel). Or Wylers or Crystal light.. but I find that half a packet in the water of Wylers or Crystal Light is plenty. More than that and it's too strong. I also buy Aquafina Splash or Fruit 2-0 in winter instead of plain water. In summer I don't have trouble drinking plain water.

A-a-a-and... it's true that the more water you drink, the more you get used to it and the more that's what you want... and your thirst mechanism WILL come back... and it's also true that most people mistake their thirst mechanism for hunger.

One other thing: The amount of sugar in sugared pops is exhorbitant.. people really don't realise how much is in one bottle of pop... they assume *IF* they read the label that the serving size is one bottle... WRONG! it's 8 oz... and the bottle usually contains 20 oz, which is 2.5 servings. at an average 30 grams a serving WOWIE that's 75 grams of sugar in one bottle of pop. And then count how many bottles of sugared pop people drink a day on average. Even if you only drink 3, that's 225 grams of some of the purest most refined sugar there is. High Fructose Corn Syrup. (also a prime culprit in serious long term chronic heartburn.)

The going rate in Carbohydrate in an average 2000 calorie a day diet is about 300 grams... Wow... that's 3 bottles of pop and 75 grams.

Dr. Atkins recommends far less for the insulin resistant like me... because we have taught our bodies by eating this high carbo diet full of refined and ultra refined sugars and starches that it can just ignore the insulin we make, which causes the insulin to store our sugars for later since the body doesn't need them. Sometimes even when it DOES, the body will go eat it's own protein rather than take sugars into it's sells for actual USE... Ughh..

Did I just start ranting? The food pyramid as pushed on us by the grain council really pisses me off... and so do chemical practitioners.... so yah... I found out what my body was doing to me, and I stopped drinking sugared pop... and cut way back on the bread and pasta... and totally totally read EVERY FREAKING LABEL on my food not.. cook almost NOTHING out of a box... (it's more costly anyway, and usually takes longer to cook than it does for me to just cook it from scratch) I avoid HFCS like the plague.

Having made those changes, the next one was learning to drink water.. and I did.. and I do, and you can do it too. ^_^ Hope my long ranting helps. ^_^

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