Why is everyone dehydrated?

Max (@tabletop99) 9 years, 6 months ago

I’ve recently realized how beneficial it is for the body to be constantly hydrated.
All of this started because I got a really cool water bottle for the cross country season. There’s a straw in the mouth piece so you don’t have to tip it to drink from it, which is really convenient because you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to drink or coordinate motions to get it into your mouth. Just. Sip. All the time. It became habitual for me to constantly be drinking water because there was always water present and I didn’t have to pay attention to what I was doing to get to it.
The most immediate result was that I had to pee all the time. The second most noticeable impact was that I didn’t feel hungry constantly. The third was that when I did eat food, I felt fuller and more gratified by the meal; the taste/texture (and more or less everything else pleasurable about eating) was able to be reveled in because I wasn’t focused on filling my stomach, I was instead focused on getting the nutrients I needed and the most delicious vehicles and manners of getting them. It also made my intestinal track notably more efficient regularity/absorption of nutrients wise.
So not only was I eating better, I felt better because I was eating better which resulted in better sleep.
Being hydrated just feels so good. I suggest people invest in a water bottle that makes them want to drink out of it and go to town. Get on it.

June 26, 2012 at 2:12 pm
Anonymous (2,654) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Yeah, isn’t it pathetic that this needed to be a thread? :D

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Caspar (14) (@caspar) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

I try to drink water all the time, if I don’t I usually get headaches in the afternoon.

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SomewhatRelative (6) (@setu) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

its ridiculous! I’ve noticed this too! I used to be addicted to soda, I didn’t drink too much water. When I decided to drink water habitually it was pretty easy, after a while it started to taste amazing. At first I didn’t noticed the taste much, sometimes I didn’t even like it. But repition lead to indulgence, I love water, haha. After that I forced myself to quit drinking soda too, now I don’t even like the way soda tastes. Come to thtink of it, I don’t like fried foods.and some other crappy foods anymore either. My brain works a lot better for me now I’ve noticed. I know a lot of people who don’t drink any water, sadly I can’t seem to convince them otherwise. Its like the only thing that will convince someone is when the doc tells them they have diabetes or some other health issue. Even then I know a guy who regulates his sugar(poorly) with soda.

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Caspar (14) (@caspar) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@setu, well shit, now that you mention it, lately I’ve started to dislike the taste of soda. I didn’t really pay attention to it until now. Also snacking etc. seems less fullfilling, I mean it still tastes good, but it feels bad.

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David (325) (@zeitro) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@beyond, also the title of the thread is just a general assumption that may or may not be true, but it mostly is not.

yes water is good

also to answer your question… “everyone” is PROBABLY dehydrated “all the time” because of extreme recent solar activity? i don’t know about you but if i spend too much time under the sun i’ll get a headache all day long, like the one i have right now! and yet i’ve been drinking water all day, i think the intense sun just scrambles my brain a bit and gives me this kind of headache because this isn’t new for me

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DaJetPlane (994)M (@lytning91) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@beyond, No, it isn’t, but whatevz

@tabletop99, Aside from the fact that too much water can kill you, yeah I agree with a lot of what you’ve said there.

I try to combat any interest in sodas with water so that I can try to keep a balance (this is hopefully going to result in distancing myself from soda altogether). I have noticed that it has reduced the discoloration in my pee, which I assume is a good thing. Also, the hunger thing is something I have noticed, and given that I am susceptible to overeating, I am hoping I can replace water with snack eventually (gotta wean myself off of soda and alcohol before that will actually work, though).

All in all, water is amazing. I feel drawn to it in more ways than one.

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Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@tabletop99, BECAUSE NO ONE DRINKS ENOUGH WATER!

Sorry, I had a dick moment. But in all seriousness, water is awesome! It definitely makes me eat less. And whenever I have a hint of a headache I drink a pint of water, and that headache will be no more. Whenever anyone I know has a headache that’s the first thing I tell them to do, generally they don’t listen but hey I try :)

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Minch (297) (@minch) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@siantastic, Agreed, people always seem to go straight for the Tylenol instead of what they really need.

In regards to what the OP said, A good water bottle that I used for a while was the “8 glasses a day” bottle. It’s great because you just fill it up every morning and make sure its gone by the time you go to sleep. It makes drinking it a goal and something you can gauge visually. I would highly recommend getting a bottle like this if your trying to get your daily quota. I believe it’s just a 1.5L bottle.

I have also read that drinking your recommended 8 glasses compared to what the average person actually drink reduces chance of cancers, heart disease and stroke by 50% or something like that. I think a lot of the sicknesses that seem to be so common these days are from our lazy society forgetting we need water to live.

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Obviously, you’re not a golfer (605) (@donjaime23) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@tabletop99, Cool story, bro. Congrats on your new water bottle.

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Anonymous (251) (@) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@minch, I find that filling up a water bottle at the start of the day is the best way too. I use a 2L though…I’m hardcore like that :)

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Max (4) (@tabletop99) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@zietro, the title of the thread wasn’t a question to be answered, lol, it was a hyperbole of sorts. There was very little philosophy behind it.
@minch, you’re so right about people medicating themselves over simple things that have simple solutions.
and @alexandriabee Shout out to water for being great :)

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Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@tabletop99, Please read the FAQ as to how to post new topics @ HE.

I rarely drink water unless I am thirsty (or exercising in warm weather where you lose water faster than you can get thirsty). We already get tons of water from food too.

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butherflygradav (0) (@gracias) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

Lest start by saing that our society make sure that you do not drink any by advertising all the sugar man make drinks they can so you get sicker and they get richer, not to mention that ignorance play a big part of it ! If you honestly ask to anyone how much % their is in our body very few people know this is 70% so is mostly water what we need to funtion correctly and stop dehydration.

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Dan (890) (@danfontaine) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

If an individual is drinking much alcohol, caffeine, eating high sodium processed foods, etc, I could see how their water needs could be a lot higher than another’s. Water cleans out your system but I’d imagine this function has the side effect of moving vital nutrients out as well, before they have been completely broken down or utilized. In effect, drinking a lot of water loses importance the more pure your diet. Evolutionarily, then, we didn’t have as high of a response to hydration as we would assume, or NEED in a socio environment like America where toxins are hard to keep from entering your body, not to mention chemicals that lower brain activity and screw with monitoring of the body’s upkeep. This could be the reason why the person with the really cool tip on drinking water is presenting it like a scientific breakthrough and people are responding receptively.

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Max (4) (@tabletop99) 9 years, 6 months ago ago

@martijn where can I find the FAQ? Sorry, I didn’t realize I’d made an infraction!

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