Water

How much to drink?

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29/05/2012 at 12:50

Can any one pleaes advise just how much water do you really need to drink in a day?

I'm 5ft and weigh 8.4lb, I have an office based job, run four to fives a week, an eat really healthy. I drink 2 litres of water every day and drink about 4 to 5 cups green tea?

Am i over drinking? 

29/05/2012 at 12:54

I would have thought it depends on the person. If you are drinking too much you will soon know as you will be having to get rid of it every 5 minutes!

WiB
29/05/2012 at 12:58

When you go to the toilet it should not quite be clear, if it is clear then you are starting to dilute the useful stuff. Also as MM says, if you are going to the toilet every 5 minutes you have had too much!

Also at 8.4lbs you are actually consuming more than your bodyweight in fluid each day

WiB
29/05/2012 at 12:59
I think probably the best solution is just to drink when you feel thirsty. I know that sounds a bit facile, but under normal circumstances the body is fairly well adapted for signalling if it needs more water.
Edited: 29/05/2012 at 13:00
29/05/2012 at 13:13

Cheers everyone, no I'm not running to the loo every 5mins, an it's a pale yellow colour if you really need to know lol.

So if I'm drinking more than my bodyweight, just what amount should I be drinking do you know please?

29/05/2012 at 13:38

I think you meant 8 stone 4 lbs

And I think Wetter was teasing a little

There is hige individual variation for fluid requirement. It depends on ambient temperature, relative humidity, what clothes you're wearing, what activity you're doing, the duration and intensity of activity...

So in short, there is no one recommendation that suits everyone. 

The best way, as already said, it to assess urine colour and frequency. 

http://ems.pgpic.com/images/0821.peechart_upchurch.jpg

I'd probably aim for the second colour - it leaves you scope to drink in hotter weather without overhydrating too much

29/05/2012 at 13:54

On the PC the colour of lines 2 & 3 is sort of salmon pink - if wee is pink I think there's a different issue present!

29/05/2012 at 13:55

I did try to find a better picture!

Pale straw. Go for pale straw rather than salmon

29/05/2012 at 14:08

That colour chart's awful.  If I went through that spectrum I'd be getting myself down the doc's!

I prefer to think of the beer spectrum. (I made this up myself, can you tell?...)

water
lager shandy
cider
lager
IPA
bitter
porter

I think you want to be aiming for a very weak lager shandy.  If you're pissing porter, get help.

29/05/2012 at 14:35
PhilPub wrote (see)

That colour chart's awful.  If I went through that spectrum I'd be getting myself down the doc's!

I prefer to think of the beer spectrum. (I made this up myself, can you tell?...)

water
lager shandy
cider
lager
IPA
bitter
porter

I think you want to be aiming for a very weak lager shandy.  If you're pissing porter, get help.

Thats no good i need a wine spectrum!

29/05/2012 at 14:37

http://www.interestment.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/shandy-380x475.jpg

 Lager shandy? You need a bit more water with that

 

29/05/2012 at 14:37

This is my favourite

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wj6hpcL1PIQ/TisZOkBniKI/AAAAAAAAACY/ZovIVpdqbMw/s1600/pee+chart.png

 

29/05/2012 at 15:00

Aspall's cider??  I drink a lot of this stuff in the summer.  It's about as clear as alcoholic apple juice gets.

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6129/5978401537_c80d224e6a.jpg

 

30/05/2012 at 07:20

Cheers guys I get it now and from the last chart from Sarah I'm 2 / 3 so all is good

 

30/05/2012 at 16:05

I think you're all taking the piss

30/05/2012 at 16:53

Just to add on a more serious note - don't forget that certain foods and vitamins can affect the colour of urine without being indicative of dehyrdation or disease, eg asparagus, beetroot, excess vit B, excess vit C. So if you do get a worrying colour then use a bit of common sense and/or research before resorting to panic 

30/05/2012 at 17:00

Blackberries?


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