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Drink at least 8 cups of water Everyday

Question
Hi Jill,

I am trying to follow your recommendation to drink at least 8 cups of water everyday, but it is very hard for me. Do you have any suggestions?

Not thirsty,

Mary T., New Jersey

Jill's Answer
Hi Mary,

Thank you for your question. Congratulations on making healthy lifestyle choices. I have three simple suggestions for you that will make drinking your water easier.

First, drink your first cup of water as soon as you wake up in the morning. This will stimulate your thirst mechanism, making you more thirsty all day long.


Second, use a straw. Fill a 32-ounce sports bottle with water before you leave the house in the morning. Instead of just sipping on it all day, plan to drink this before you reach your destination. The straw will help you drink much faster. Refill the sports bottle. You will be surprised to find that you are now actually thirsty and will desire the water.

Third, if you do not like the taste (or lack of) water yet, add a splash of fruit juice to your sports bottle to sweeten it a bit. Eventually, you will learn to enjoy the taste of water and not need to enhance it.

Keep up the good work.

My best, Jill

September 28, 2004 | Permalink

Comments

I was just like you Mary, I was never thirsty enough to drink all that water. But I tried drinking two cups every morning and it does work. Now I'm thirsty all day long and won't leave the house without my bottle of water. It's taken me a few weeks but now I'm even cutting back on coffee and pop. Good luck.

Andrea

Posted by: | Sep 28, 2004 2:02:49 PM

Hi. I also find that I can drink larger quantities if the water is at room temperature, rather than ice cold. Hope this'll help someone else!

Posted by: | Oct 15, 2004 5:16:04 AM

I'm never without a bottle of water. I carry one in my purse and the car. I also always have water on my desk at work. I find that if it's right in front of me...it's a reminder to drink more. Ever since I've done this, I have no problem drinking 8 or more glasses a day!

Posted by: Char | Nov 4, 2004 7:52:57 AM

I think I am going to go for a big glass of water right now!

Posted by: | Nov 11, 2004 12:09:22 PM

The 8 cups per day recommendation is a misinterpretation of Food and Nutrition's 1945 recommendation of 2.5 liters per day which included one millilitre of water per calorie. About a third of the water is in the food and another third is produced by the digestive process which means that a cup per meal is sufficient for most circumstances.

Posted by: | Jan 24, 2005 12:04:13 AM

IS IT POSSIBLE TO DRINK TO MUCH WATER IN A DAY? CAN THIS PUT YOUR KIDNEY INTO OVER TIME?

Posted by: | Mar 29, 2005 12:08:50 PM

Im younger than most of you guys but im trying to drink at least 10 cups of water a day ( just a tip sometimes you think your not thirsty but you really are) you'd be suprised how much water
you can consume if you really work at it

Posted by: Kyle | May 10, 2005 10:18:49 AM

Is it alright to add a little gatorade to your water to make it taste more appealing or should you add somthing along the lines on lemon juice or lime juice

Posted by: kyle | May 10, 2005 10:24:30 AM

DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER IS POSSIBLE
YOU CAN DILUTE OUT YOUR ELECTROLYTES
AND COULD POSSIBLY DIE. THE MORE
ACTIVE YOU ARE THE MORE WATER SHOULD
BE CONSUMED TO REPLACE TO WATER LOSE
DURING EXERCISE. GATORADE REPLACES
ELECTROLYTES. NA,K,CL.

Posted by: | May 13, 2005 6:57:44 AM

does drinking water help you lose weight?

Posted by: stace | Jun 16, 2005 11:18:20 AM

why do we need 8 glass of water each day?

Posted by: Jiameng | Jul 14, 2005 4:42:31 PM

We don't need 8 glasses of water each day. This is a myth. Do a little research. Try googling for "the water myth" or "8 cups a day" and do a little reading and you can find this out for yourself.

As a previous, well-informed poster said: "The 8 cups per day recommendation is a misinterpretation of Food and Nutrition's 1945 recommendation of 2.5 liters per day which included one millilitre of water per calorie. About a third of the water is in the food and another third is produced by the digestive process which means that a cup per meal is sufficient for most circumstances."

Posted by: Kirk | Oct 8, 2005 1:40:05 AM

I know that the 8 cups per day is misconstrued as nessasary. I have found that for my weight reduction at least 8 cups per day is needed, more is better. I have successful loss if i drink more. appartently i have less hunger when i drink more water! I to have found that the sooner in the day i start drinking water the easier it is and the more i drink. thanks for the warmer water tip. it is hard for me to drink real cold water.

Posted by: sue | Nov 9, 2005 9:16:51 AM

shut the fuck up , all of you

Posted by: yodaddybitch | Mar 24, 2006 6:42:03 PM

"DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER IS POSSIBLE
YOU CAN DILUTE OUT YOUR ELECTROLYTES
AND COULD POSSIBLY DIE. THE MORE
ACTIVE YOU ARE THE MORE WATER SHOULD
BE CONSUMED TO REPLACE TO WATER LOSE
DURING EXERCISE. GATORADE REPLACES
ELECTROLYTES. NA,K,CL."


Yes but you would have to chug about 2 gallons at once.

I find personally that drinking 8 or more cups of water a day helps keep me alert all day. It also seems to help with acne and stress reduction.

Water is GOOD for you!


p.s. Gatorade is 75% Sugar

Posted by: | Apr 24, 2006 7:15:13 PM

Maybe the person who wrote:

"shut the fuck up , all of you"

needs to drink more water to become less socially inappropriate?

Posted by: Penguin | Apr 25, 2006 8:10:59 AM

I agree, drinking water can reduce the appearance of acne and increase your metabolism.

Posted by: ing | May 30, 2006 7:20:11 PM

I definently feel much better and more alert when I drink water but however I seem to become hungry more quickly when I drink more water.

Posted by: Nemo | Jun 22, 2006 10:01:14 AM

Seriously people, 8 cups of water a day is bad for you... For the person that processes 2L of water a day in their body you can expect the majority of this is replaced via food intake. Most drinks and not just pure water will supply just as much water back into your body as pure water would. If your replacing your food with water then perhaps more is needed however I cant comment on if this is good for you but suspect there may be ill effects??? You can google for the 8 cup myth and will get a good indication of the truth of excess water intake and kidney damage, but i really think your doctor is the right person to tell you why as your long term health is not the sort of thing to play games with

Posted by: Mitch | Jul 9, 2006 4:48:38 PM

How many cups is 1 cup of water because the glass I use is big and I'm not sure if i'm drinking too much by thinking my big class is one cup.

Posted by: | Aug 3, 2006 8:49:11 PM

Is it 8 cups as in 250ml or 8 glasses of water??
Thanks.

Posted by: | Aug 3, 2006 8:53:33 PM

Fot the past one week i started drinking 8cups of water every morning before breadfast. I noticed that it makes me so alert, it is extremely good for my skin, helps me lose weight and generally just refreshes me.But i also noticed that on the 6th day i felt as if my muscles were contracting and on the 7th there was a tingling sensation all over my body and at one point i suddenly felt a surge of weakness just flush through me. Do you have any advice or comment about this. I have decided not to take the water any more till i have a bit more information. Regards
suddenly felt a tingling all over my body

Posted by: Ng | Aug 11, 2006 8:53:46 AM

How much water do you lose every day?

Posted by: BREEZY | Aug 22, 2006 5:54:41 PM

How much water do you lose every day?

Posted by: BREEZY | Aug 22, 2006 5:54:43 PM

can we drown from drinking to much water????

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