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March 31st, 2009

drinking problem @ 10:51 am

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At some point yesterday afternoon, physically and mentally exhausted, it occurred to me that I hadn't really had anything to drink since I woke up that morning. So I forced myself to down about half a bottle of water (12 oz or so) - and within a few minutes felt a world better. So I finished the bottle over the afternoon, big thing of kool-aid at home that night, and this morning I'm feeling better physically than I have in years. Apparently most of my regular symptoms - fatigue, sinus congestion / pressure, joint aches - are from chronic dehydration. I usually have a pretty poor sense of thirst, I don't feel thirsty so I forget to drink anything. When I do it's usually tea or soda, combine that with caffeine tabs and the diuretic effects got rid of most of what water was coming in.

So, note to self: treat water as a medication, drink it so you'll feel better!
 
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From:roina_arwen
Date:March 31st, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
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I'm much the same way - it's not that I forget to drink, but I'm not overly fond of water. I primarily drink diet Nestea, regular hot tea, and frappuccinos - too much caffeine!

I know I should drink more actual water, but meh...
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From:scubagrrl
Date:March 31st, 2009 04:33 pm (UTC)
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I forget to drink water, too. I try to keep a bottle next to me- if it's sitting there, I tend to drink some. Not because I'm thirsty, I'm not, but it's a reminder that I ought. Drinking enough water is a challenge for me a lot of days.

I read somewhere that thirst is a symptom that you're actually already dehydrated. I can believe it.
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From:colorwhirl
Date:March 31st, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
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I've been forced to drink tons of water, but I've picked up a few tricks along the way that help me get it all in. Some of my favorites include:
  • keeping a small glass (8 fl. oz. or so) by the bed and swilling the whole thing before my feet touch the floor. (Sit up, gulp water, start day.)
  • carrying a full hard plastic (ie, BPA-free Nalgene) or metal (ie, Kleen Kanteen) water bottle in my bag. When the bag gets too heavy or annoying, I drink some of the water to make it lighter.
  • taking a quick sip from every water fountain I pass.

    My roommate loves those Crystal Light flavor packets; that's primarily how she gets her water intake up. She also drops pieces of citrus fruit in her water, which changes the flavor.

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