General Diet Plans and Questions - Water intake and running to the bathroom




Wannabeskinny
01-24-2014, 09:48 AM
My husband and I are buckling down on our water intake. The recommended amount for women is 2.2liters a day and that's just for someone with moderate activity. My observations conclude that I only drink 1liter of water a day, plus a cup of coffee plus a cup of tea. Not quite enough. So I've been increasing drinking water but have found that I'm constantly running to the bathroom. And waking up at night to go to the bathroom even more so than I did before.

Those who have successfully integrated more water into their days, what kind of benefits have you reaped from it? And has your body gotten used to the water intake and go to the bathroom less?


IdealProteinNewbie
01-24-2014, 10:33 AM
Your body will acclimate and soon you will be going to the bathroom much, much less often. Your body becomes efficient with your new water intake and will use the water instead of "getting rid" of it so quickly.

nelie
01-24-2014, 10:58 AM
I like water, a lot. I always have. I go to the bathroom probably 10 times per day or so.


VikingBride2Be
01-24-2014, 10:59 AM
For me it typically takes a 3-4 days after committing to 8 glasses a day to stop having to go to the bathroom every 30 minutes. I try to make sure it's all done by 7pm so I can sleep through the night.

For me I just feel better. It makes exercising easier, and when I eat something processed when we go out to eat that is low in calories but high in sodium, I don't see my weight balloon.

Locke
01-24-2014, 04:01 PM
I drink about 3 liters of water daily, sometimes more. Your body doesn't get used to it- that water has to go somewhere. You get used to going to the bathroom, though. Health experts say that you should aim for your urine to be almost entirely clear when you go. I've not reached that point, but I have made peace with going to the bathroom a lot. Makes the work day fly by. :)

Wannabeskinny
01-24-2014, 04:32 PM
I drink about 3 liters of water daily, sometimes more. Your body doesn't get used to it- that water has to go somewhere. You get used to going to the bathroom, though. Health experts say that you should aim for your urine to be almost entirely clear when you go. I've not reached that point, but I have made peace with going to the bathroom a lot. Makes the work day fly by. :)

Lol that's good I guess, going to the bathroom does mean getting up and walking more. There's a positive to everything I guess. Thanks for the responses everyone.

ReNew Me
01-24-2014, 04:44 PM
American who never got the hang of the metric system here :)

I drink anywhere from a half gallon to a gallon plus of water a day (old habit from weight training and it's really all I drink). I actually feel kind of dehydrated and headachey if I drink less. I still pee about once an hour on the hour during the day, what are you gonna do? What I've noticed is that I have to watch my salt intake during the day (as in, not too much) or I'm up multiple times at night. The other thing is I make sure I have my last big glass of water (the one I take my vitamins with) at least a full hour before I intend to be asleep.

Mad Donnelly
01-24-2014, 04:46 PM
I drink a LOT of water and some days I just retain more and go less and other day I still go a lot. I just keep refilling and I'm not really counting so maybe on THOSE days, I've just had more. I dunno. Other than knowing I'm flushing out toxins, I can't say exactly what tangible benefits I've gotten from it but I don't think that's the point. I know it's needed so that's it.

Locke
01-24-2014, 06:27 PM
What I've noticed is that my joints feel better when I drink more. I have to walk a lot for the commute to my job and my ankles hurt at the end of the day. Drinking water helps my joints move more smoothly and results in less pain.

NYFLAgirl
01-24-2014, 09:25 PM
I drink probably over 3 liters of water a day as well (little less than a gallon). I do pee a lot but it has gotten better. I definitely notice a difference when I don't drink as much water on certain days as others (I travel for work and on those days I tend to drink less for convenience sake). I notice I'm more tired, hungry, and not as focused. My contacts also get really dry.

Drinking water has also definitely helped improve my skin-both in appearance and elasticity as well.

Chardonnay
01-24-2014, 10:45 PM
I drink at least 2 liters of pure water a day (i.e. not in teas etc)...I'm always peeing...and I've been doing this for years now, my body never got used to not peeing every hour or two. The downfall for me is getting up in the middle of the night! Or if I'm lucky, a full night's sleep but a very full bladder upon waking.

Of course the benefits outweigh that little problem. When I'm dehydrated, I'm prone to urinary tract infections, digestive problems, irritability, headaches and also dizzy spells. So drinking all the water has eliminated most of those effectively. I've noticed my skin is clearer and my hair looks nicer...my nails are stronger too. I digest very well and my overall energy is better.

alaskanlaughter
01-25-2014, 02:01 AM
even without drinking large amounts of water, I get up every hour and a half at night to go pee....almost exactly 1.5 hours....I've always had to pee way more frequently than anyone else I know, and I've been that way since I was a child...when I drink a cup of coffee, I need to go pee at least twice within an hour after that...in fact since I work with students and often the only adult in the room, I seriously watch what I drink and plan to go pee whenever I have someone else in the room to cover for me....I could NEVER drink the recommended amount of fluids without living in the bathroom

however my pee is always fairly clear and I don't feel dehydrated....I don't know if I just have a small or sensitive bladder but I seriously go pee once an hour or more All Day Long...and i'm not diabetic (isn't that a symptom?)

Thousandsunny
01-25-2014, 10:41 AM
I've been trying to drink more water and it's actually rather difficult for me to reconcile bathroom use and job demands, haha. As a teacher, I can about every hour if I can make it in 5 minutes or less and no students stop me to "quickly" read their five paragraph essay over. However, I know I need to work this out because there are days where I realize I've had only a coffee in the morning and my lips are chapped from dehydration. Not good!

@Locke: on a random side note, I love your Blerch avatar!

patns
01-28-2014, 01:26 AM
I never adjust to it. I work in education and need to visit a number of schools a day, involving lots of driving around the city. If I drink the the recommended 2 liters a day I am white knuckling it at red rights, madly hitting the buzzer to get in schools and then making a mad dash hoping I remember where the bathroom closest to the door is in each building. To handle that much water I'd have to always be a few steps from a bathroom.

Wannabeskinny
01-28-2014, 10:04 AM
I never adjust to it. I work in education and need to visit a number of schools a day, involving lots of driving around the city. If I drink the the recommended 2 liters a day I am white knuckling it at red rights, madly hitting the buzzer to get in schools and then making a mad dash hoping I remember where the bathroom closest to the door is in each building. To handle that much water I'd have to always be a few steps from a bathroom.

Commuting is the biggest problem!