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  4 Days Ago
How Much Liquid Do You Drink Every Day?

This is probably an odd question for this place. But I need some idea where I am compared to everyone else.
I'm in my 50's and I typically only drink about 16-24oz of liquids per day. That includes my morning cup of coffee. Most days it leans more towards 16oz. or less. My body simply never wants or asks for more liquid than that.
A few months ago I noticed the area below my eyes getting darker. But I assumed that was due to normal ageing. * Getting old sucks! *
So of course I went on the internet to see if I could find any information. And I was shocked that the general recommendation is Eight 8oz glasses of water per day.
There's no way in hell I could ever drink that much!

What I'm doing now is taking one or two regular sized gulps of water every 30mins. But it's been tough. I feel full and bloated all of the time now.
Frankly I feel like I'm drowning myself.
At the end of the day I'm now drinking about a total of 32oz. Which is still far short of the 8x8oz rule. I've only been doing it for a couple of days so I don't know if it's helping yet.
Can I please ask you folks how much liquid you're drinking per day? I need to get an idea where I fit in with everyone else.

In case it matters. My body stats are :
Height 5'9"
About 178 lbs.
Athletic type build.

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Last edited by Scott Ayers : 4 Days Ago at 02:16 AM.
  4 Days Ago
This idea of forcing down water because "the internet" says so is bizarre. I remember that there was a case here in Sweden where a women died from water poisoning. She was about to attend some yoga retreat and they recommended that the participants drank A LOT of water before hand to "cleanse" their bodies.

An article on the subject from the Swedish research institute that selects the noble prize winner in medicine:

Conclusion. Everything in moderation.
  4 Days Ago
Thanks for the reply.
I'm looking for actual numbers though. I'm just curious to know where I am related to everyone else.

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  3 Days Ago
Such an odd topic for a CG related forum, but hey...

I typically drink about 24-32oz daily because I sit for most of the day. If it's a hot day, I drink more. If I do a lot more walking (an hour's worth or about 4 miles), I drink more. If I talk extensively for a presentation or at a meeting (my daily quota of talking doesn't go far beyond greetings and mealtime conversations), I drink more. So if your daily routine is similar to mine, then you and I are in the same ballpark on daily drinking quota.

This topic was discussed in my social circle before (and water intoxication was brought up too), and somebody mentioned that it does not address the amount of water already in food consumed. Like, for example, soups and fruits. So if you eat cereal with milk for breakfast, that's gotta contribute toward the "recommended" 64oz total, right? We never reached a definitive conclusion about that, but it seemed like a reasonable thing at the time.
  3 Days Ago
I'm also 5'9, just turned 45, and weigh 156 lbs. I drink around 64 oz. a day. I didn't used to drink that much--just whenever I got thirsty. But after reading the same "8 glasses of 8 oz. a day" that you did several years ago, I got in the habit of drinking more. I buy large 64 oz. drinking containers like this and drink out of it all day (I don't drink tea or coffee):

Next to my bed I have a 24 oz. bottle, and the first thing I do when I wake up is to drink at least 16 oz. of water to hydrate myself. 

When I go out, I make sure to carry that same 24 oz. water bottle in my car. It's too easy to forget to drink water when you're out, and buying any kind of soft drink or bottled water (or coffee) while out is just a waste of money to me, not to mention most of what you can buy isn't healthy (too much sugar). 

Although 64 oz. isn't necessary for everyone, especially if you live a dormant lifestyle (which I do), but 16-24 oz. is way too little IMO, no matter your age/size. Our body requires enough liquid to flush out all the toxins and to work properly, and especially for older people who are at risk for heart conditions, you need to make sure your blood isn't too thick, making it more difficult for your heart to pump (and maybe make it more dangerous for strokes too?). 
  3 Days Ago
I'm 61, 5'9 145lbs, I drink about 45-60 oz of liquids a day (coffee, water, milk) and don't for get you also get some liquids from food. I stay active from work and working out ( 5 to 7 days a week ).  in general taking in liquids helps your body in various ways but each individual is different. my intake is good for me. I would suggest increase it by 8 or 12 oz daily and see how that goes and adjust up/down.  
  3 Days Ago
Thanks a lot folks. Exactly the kind of info I was looking for.
I know it's a strange subject for this place. But I've posted here for years. And you're all people. So you're just as good as any other group of people to ask.
On the water from food part. I should have said that I don't eat a lot. So I probably don't get much water from that either.
I watch the amount I eat very carefully. In order to maintain a 34" waist. It's just something I've always done to try and stay healthy.

I don't know how you people can drink that much (64oz). I can't do it. My body doesn't want it.
But I'm going to keep trying to get at least near there.

Drinking every 30mins. isn't working for me. So I'm going to try drinking larger amounts spaced farther apart next.
After three days of drinking more. I do think the dark area under my eyes is getting better. So I think it's helping. I just need to find a way to be more comfortable.
Just goes to show that you can't always do what your body tells you.

Thanks a lot for the feedback,
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  1 Day Ago
Everybody is different. The whole eight 8oz cup rule is just something somebody made up because it sounded good. In reality, based on your body type, size, and exercise level, what you need is different than what the next person does.

That said, a relatively safe rule of thumb tends to be:
Halve your weight and drink that in fluid ounces.
So, for example, you weigh 180lbs. Half of that is 90. Drink 90oz.

It sounds like a lot, but it really isn't. Drink a 20oz bottle of water in the morning and in the evening and you're already almost halfway there. Have one with lunch and dinner and you've already hit 80z. You'll actually hit your mark rather quickly. This is especially true since you're actually getting some of that water from the various foods you consume.

Just keep in mind that, if you exercise, you should always replenish whatever you lose. This is in addition to your basic requirements.

Also beware of coffee. Yes. Coffee has water. HOWEVER, caffeine is a known diuretic and can actually do more harm than good. Instead of adding to your water consumption, you may actually be dehydrating yourself with that java.

Caffeine isn't all bad, but you have to be aware of what it is you're drinking. For example, a typical 8oz cup drip coffee contains about 5x as much caffeine as ONE 12oz can of Coke.  That's why you feel so buzzed after that 2nd cup. You just about had a case of cola.  Of course, brands can make a huge difference too, as does brewing method. Size too. Watch out for that grande. 

Still, in moderation, you can have some caffeine and it won't take away too much from your body's water supply.

And if you're worried about peeing too much with all of that water... You'll get used to it.

Don't overdo you water consumption though. You can actually die of acute water poisoning/intoxication. Too much water and you can severely offset your electrolyte balance. That can lead to a disturbance in bodily functions, including your brain, and ultimately result in death. People have died of water intoxication before. It's not all that uncommon.
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