(Closed) Water’s REAL benefits?

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

The reason most experts don’t recommend the 8 glasses a day anymore is because your body gets fluids througout the day in other forms (most of the time) – coffee, soda, tea, etc.  Most recommend just drinking enough to replenish what you lose, so if you’re doing a marathon workout and sweating a lot, drinks lots of water!  I tend to still drink tons of water because I don’t really drink any other fluids (I’m avoiding caffeine like the plague right now because it might be one of the triggers for my migraines).  Overall, I don’t think drinking more water will hurt you…you probably just don’t need to go crazy with it.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

8 glasses a day helps flush the rest of the crap we eat/drink out of our body. Truly, it helps keep your body’s electrolytes balanced. We eat a LOT of sodium in this day and age and too much sodium will dehydrate your skin/nails/hair and your cells. You need water to bring your cells back to homeostatic balance. You’d have to drink like, 10 gallons of water for it to adversely affect your body (cause lysis of your cells or something). But, you can also get your 8 glasses a day from other things–teas, water in the foods you eat, etc.

I don’t believe it’s just hype. I feel better when I drink 8 glasses a day. Less bloated and icky, less constipated, less exhausted looking, my skin looks better and is less flaky. Plus, I work out 4-5 days a week so I sweat a lot of liquids out.

I’d imagine even if you drink 4-6 glasses a day you’re fine, though. I try to get 8 as a goal. It doesn’t hurt and it helps me digest better. I try to get 4 glasses in (with crystal light in my ginormous nalgene) by 11am (it’s 840am here and i’m almost done with it) and another throughout the afternoon.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

well, replacing the stuff you normally drink with water might give you those results because you’re not putting caffeine, sugar, etc into your body anymore.  I know when I stopped drinking sodas I lost about 3 pounds, and my face looked tons better!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have to agree with SaraFoxy in that the article may say that drinking water alone will not give you those benefits, BUT drinking water in lieu of drinking soda, coffee, juices, etc definitely will.  I always have my reusable 20oz bottle of water with a couple slices of lemon for flavor at my desk and whenever I get a craving for a diet soda, I just gulp some water and then my thirst is quenched.  When Fiance and I both stopped drinking so much soda and upped our water intake our energy levels went up and our belly bloat went down. 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Eat a whole bag of pretzels then drink 2 gallons of water?!?!??!

That’s just the dumbest thing i’ve ever heard, sorry! A whole bag of pretzels has goodness knows how many calories (plus all that sodium, gag!) and 2 gallons of water will just make you sick. Nobody can drink that much water in one sitting–that will make you really ill. Water CAN be toxic in incredibly high quantities but that just sounds insane. You may lose 2 pounds of water weight but you’ll gain 3 pounds of fat from those damn pretzels!

I cut out sodium (dropped to <500 mg/day) for a week before my wedding and 7 pounds of water weight flew off me. It wasn’t “real” weight, but it just goes to show how much sodium we do consume.

@hunnybear, a few slices of cucumbers and/or mint are good, too.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

sodium is the bane of my supermarket shopping trips.  I cut out so much sodium a loooong time ago, but it pretty much means I can’t buy anything canned anymore … mostly just fresh stuff.  I miss those cooking shortcuts from the canned/packaged products, but I sure don’t miss all the salt!

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

There are A LOT of benefits to water and one of the main benefits is that if you are constantly drinking water you will not be drinking high sugar pop and juice etc.

Try it out for a couple days and see how you feel!

Also I know I don’t get enough water when my skin and scalp is dry. If I start drinking my water again those issues just go away!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

60% of our body is water, so just drinking a few more glasses is not going to replenish moisture on your skin. It’s pretty much impossible for that to make a difference.

Just drink when you’re thirsty. I agree with subbing water for other high calorie beverages — that is definitly beneficial. But the idea that water is going to give you a rosy glow is definitely a myth.

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