Can you drink the recommended daily amount of water?

So, here’s a question – have you ever tried to drink the recommended daily amount of water? Most articles I’ve read indicate that a person should drink at least 8 eight-ounce glasses of water every day, more if they work out and sweat a lot. Let’s see, that means 64 oz of water is the minimum each day.

Now, I drink a full bottle like this at the gym every day:

water bottle

But that’s just 24 ounces. That means I need to drink about 3 of these things every damn day just to meet the minimum requirements. Since we’re not drinking alcohol right now – and let me tell you, Lent is DRAGGING this year – we were both interested to note that we still wake up dehydrated.

Huh, so it wasn’t the alcohol making us thirsty, perhaps it’s simply the fact that we’re not drinking enough?

So, I decided to try to drink the minimum recommended amount of water and it’s really hard. The first two bottles aren’t the problem. I can usually drink one at the gym, refill it and get the rest in by mid-afternoon, but that last 20 or 30 ounces is killing me. It’s not that I find the taste boring or anything like that, it’s that I don’t feel thirsty anymore and I don’t want any more damn water.

Yesterday, I drank all three bottles of water before dinner time. It was a struggle and it took awareness, but I did it and you know what? I still woke up thirsty. Of course, I’m probably training my body to need more water and now it’s going to be a never-ending cycle of revenge and I’ll always have to drink the water but I suppose that’s the point after all.

So, are you able to drink all the recommended water each day?

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3 Comments

  1. Ellen Lukasik
    March 29, 2013

    Yes, I drink at least 112 ounces each day (pretty much!). The regimine (sp?) for MRC insists that one drink at least 64 ounces, more preferably. So I’ve gotten into the habit of dragging a 16 ounce glass or bottle of water around with me every day. I try to get them in before 9 PM so I don’t have to get up so often at night. The last two are a struggle. It’s also a pain in the posterior getting ready to leave the house making sure I’ve got my water with me. But…I do feel better for doing so.

    Carry on !!!

  2. March 30, 2013

    112! I’m complaining about trying to get in 60 or 70 – sheesh! I’m impressed. I read yesterday that the rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. That’s a lot of water.

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