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sotypical
01-30-2008, 01:11 AM
I just got back from the dentist, the hygienist was asking all sorts of questions "do you sip on sweet stuff, snack on sweet stuff etc" - I said no not really blah blah but I drink lots of water, like if I have a cup of coffee I am usually drink water at the same time, etc, etc etc. So it came out that I drink usually at least 4 liters of water a day and then she kinda gave me a look and went on to tell me that drinking too much is bad for the kindeys and all that. She said I shouldn't drink any more then 2 cups a water (so half a liter) per hour... well if I drinking 4 liters of water a day.... that means I can have 4 litters in 8 hours, but I probably drink 4 liters in like 10 hours.... soooooo I am okay by her calculations. But still.

Am I drinking too much water? Sometimes I might drink a liter in an hour and then a liter over the next 3 hours - it just depends. Am I drinking too much?

How much is too much? should I try and watch how much I drink an hour?


mandalinn82
01-30-2008, 01:24 AM
Have you had any problems so far? If not, then I wouldn't worry about it unless your medical situation changes.

I aim to drink enough water that my pee is light yellow or clear through most of the day. For me, that takes an INSANE amount of water...my body must sweat a lot more, have wetter breath, and generally use up more water than average. My partner and I did an experiment...we both drank 1.5 liters of water in 30 minutes. She proceeded to pee 4 times from that...I only had to go ONCE. So I just use more than most people.

If your pee is always clear, you're probably overdoing it, but in my experience, water recommendations are always just estimates.

wisher
01-30-2008, 01:36 AM
Why would your dental hygienist be an expert on your kidney function anyway??

I don't know the actual answer to your question but 4 liters doesn't sound like you're drowning yourself, I'd say you're probably fine.


ennay
01-30-2008, 02:17 AM
Why would your dental hygienist be an expert on your kidney function anyway??



:D:D:D

sotypical
01-30-2008, 02:18 AM
Why would your dental hygienist be an expert on your kidney function anyway??

I THOUGHT THE SAME THING!!! I WAS LIKE WTF??!?!?! But thought it wouldnt hurt to ask anyway.

My pee (when not taking vitiam b, haha) is light yellow - sometimes clear but not often.

zenor77
01-30-2008, 02:46 AM
Hmmm... I just downed 3 glasses of water in the last 15 minutes because I was thirsty. Personally I'm more apt to believe my body vs my dental hygienist.

I think you are probably fine. It's not like you're consuming those 4 liters all at once!

Kery
01-30-2008, 03:14 AM
It depends on many factors. If you exercise regularly and strenuously enough, if you eat a lot of proteins, 4L/day doesn't seem such a huge amount to me. The danger would be to drink so much that it would put the electrolytes in your body off-balance, but I've never read or heard about this happen with "only" 4L over a whole day (4L in 10 minutes, perhaps? Er, is there anyone who can do that? :D).

kaplods
01-30-2008, 03:19 AM
She may have had a personal experience with water intoxication. I've shared this story many times here (search water intoxication, and you'll find the threads), but my mother was hospitalized with water intoxication (also called water poisoning), from drinking too much water (only about a gallon a day, but blood pressure medication increased her risk).

If you're on any medications that affect the kidneys or electrolyte levels, are on a very low sodium diet, or have any health issues whatsoever talk to your doctor about how much water is too much. Water poisoning, unfortunately often has no symptoms until it becomes life threatening, and then symptoms look so much like the flu, you're likely to assume that's what it is.

LynseyLikes2Lose
01-30-2008, 07:58 AM
I drink about 3-4 liters a day and my pee is clear from about the first liter on. Why would that be since some of you are still light yellow. Sorry to get so technical on the pee but it made me wonder. LOL! I always thought clear was good. Oh, and don't worry about it. If it's not broke don't fix it.

tomandkara
01-30-2008, 08:15 AM
Clear is good. Dark yellow means you're dehydrated. Green or purple...now that's another story...:D

Kara

veggielover
01-30-2008, 08:45 AM
Did she find any carious lesions that led her to believe that you drank SWEET stuff? Because occasionally either the dentist or the hygienist will notice a few things associated with sugar-y or acidic foods.. I honestly don't know how drinking water is water for you and how it led to that conversation.

JayEll
01-30-2008, 09:26 AM
I aim for the common 8-10 8-oz. glasses in a day. That's more like 2-3 liters. I'm one of those people who doesn't naturally feel thirsty, and I HAVE to drink water because otherwise I get kidney stones. But my urologist did not recommend 4 liters--just the 8 to 10 glasses.

I know Amanda goes by color, but in my case my urine is rarely close to being clear (non-yellow). Hmmm... I don't know how much I'd have to drink to get it there. My urologist never mentioned color as an indicator.

Jay

sotypical
01-30-2008, 11:55 AM
Did she find any carious lesions that led her to believe that you drank SWEET stuff? Because occasionally either the dentist or the hygienist will notice a few things associated with sugar-y or acidic foods.. I honestly don't know how drinking water is water for you and how it led to that conversation.

I have the start of some *gasp* cavities between my teeth. They have been there for years - only ever had one filled. So they are just trying to work with me to prevent them from getting worse - so that is why she was asking questions about my eating and drinking habits. lol

JayEll
01-30-2008, 12:59 PM
Floss, floss, floss! :drill:

Jay

ennay
01-30-2008, 01:20 PM
I know Amanda goes by color, but in my case my urine is rarely close to being clear (non-yellow). Hmmm... I don't know how much I'd have to drink to get it there. My urologist never mentioned color as an indicator.

Jay

A lot of sources say to go by color - but that is not totally reliable. If you take B-vitamin supplements - especially niacin I think, they will turn your pee bright yellow and you would have to drink probably too much water to get it back to clear. There are other foods that will affect the color of your pee and it doesnt mean you are dehydrated. (Beets can be scary...especially if you are preggo and freaked about seeing red:dizzy:)

There is a pretty wide range of what a normal color is. Dark isnt good, but there is nothing wrong with light yellow. Clear is often a sign that you are just passing water straight through without actually doing anything with it.

The other factor of course, is what kind of toilet you have and how much water is already in the bowl to help dilute it

sotypical
01-30-2008, 01:26 PM
OMG I ate beats for the first time in a long time a month or so ago, I started FREAKING out when I saw what I thought blood. I ran to google and googled it and the first thing that came up was BEATS - phew!

And I agree about the vitiam B - always BRIGHT yellow.

Anyway, I found out that the dental hygienists is a HARD CORE nutritionist - so maybe her water advice wasn't all bad! LOL

jmb1981
01-30-2008, 02:35 PM
i thought it was 8 8oz glasses a day and then another 8oz for every 25 pounds overweight you are? that is what we have been going off of where i work (at the county health department) because we are all working on becoming healthier and losing weight. i didn't know that you can drink too much water in a day as long as you were spacing your water out. i know that you can drink too much too fast and that can cause serious problems, even death (a radio station had a water drinking contest and one of the contestants died because of it, they had to sign liability forms going into it saying that drinking too much water too fast could cause death).

2beautiful2Bfat
01-30-2008, 02:42 PM
My doctor says I need to drink a minimum of 3 liters a day so I don't think 4 would be a problem!

cbmare
01-30-2008, 03:04 PM
I'm a water-holic! I have a 30 oz water bottle on my desk and it is not unusual for me to fill that thing 2ce in the day. When it is really hot out, I may go 3. I have a glass of water with every meal. If I'm having wine, I have a glass of water per glass of wine. Yes, I have to get up and go at night. I have water in the car if I'm going shopping or anywhere for any length of time.

My pee runs clear.

Also, if your pee smells, then you may not be getting enough water.

I wouldn't worry about your water consumption. Just mention it to your dr on your next visit. If you a chronically thirsty, then that could be a sign of diabetes. Whenever I get a new dr and tell them how much water I drink, they make me pee in a cup. Then they come back and tell me to keep drinking water.

Gee, maybe you could get some free nutritionalist advice from her.

JayEll
01-30-2008, 03:04 PM
The other factor of course, is what kind of toilet you have and how much water is already in the bowl to help dilute it


:rofl: :lol: :lol3:

Just how obsessive-compulsive can we GET with this??? :rofl: Golly gosh darn, I have this vision of chickies all over the country peeing, checking the color with a flashlight, then jumping on and off the scale five times to see if it's the same each time--gosh, it's enough to send me straight to the taco chips!!!! :lol: :lol:

Jay

cbmare
01-30-2008, 03:19 PM
:rofl: :lol: :lol3:

Just how obsessive-compulsive can we GET with this??? :rofl: Golly gosh darn, I have this vision of chickies all over the country peeing, checking the color with a flashlight, then jumping on and off the scale five times to see if it's the same each time--gosh, it's enough to send me straight to the taco chips!!!! :lol: :lol:

Jay


:rofl: :lol3:

Not to mention the toilets that aren't white! :lol3:

ennay
01-30-2008, 04:19 PM
:rofl: :lol3:

Not to mention the toilets that aren't white! :lol3:

I think that is the best solution, just get a black toilet and be done with it!!! :rofl:

cbmare
01-30-2008, 05:51 PM
I think that is the best solution, just get a black toilet and be done with it!!! :rofl:

Or a brown one and then you won't be able to...............never mind!

:lol:

dgramie
01-30-2008, 08:53 PM
I have had 3 kidney stones and my dr told me to drink a gallon of water every day for the rest of my life. He even said more might be better. I usually get my gallon but not much more than that. I do know that if i dont get enough water i will get infections fast!!
My husband drank alot of gatoraid and ended up in the hospital from his electrlyes being messed up. He was drinking so much that even his meds were being flushed thru him..
They said to drink until your pee is clear

Rebell
01-30-2008, 09:05 PM
My daughter is a dental hygientist as she says the amount of water sounds fine to her, and that the amount a person drinks has nothing to do with her job of cleaning teeth and gums. keep up the good work.

DeliciousBoo
02-06-2008, 09:30 AM
I would say 4 litres a day is fine as long as it is spread out through the day and not consumed in a short period of time. Personally I drink 3 litres a day, I pee clear and pee frequently lol. Still it certainly does wonders for the skin.

Boo x x

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lumifan4ever
02-06-2008, 11:11 AM
I'm kinda of with Jay. I try to stick with the 8-10 8 ounces glasses a day. I try to keep my pee at a nice light yellow. And I have habits of not drinking near enough water on the weekends as i do during the week. I don't really know liters so i don't have a clue how much 3 or 4 liters are...but i know ounces and i try to aim for at least 64 ounces a day. And I also drink coffee in the mornings too. I know too much water can throw your electrolites off so you should space your water consumption out thru the day, which is what i try to do. At least 4 8 ounce glasses before lunch and 4 ounce glasses after lunch.

horsey
02-06-2008, 12:41 PM
I heard if you drink too much water it can wash out some nutrients, minerals from your body. I think 1/2 gallon per day is good. Dentists are saying bottled water lacks some of the calcium and such that was filtered out, they make little packets of minerals you can put in water.