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What is the minimum amount of water for being OP?

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It's summer and I've been getting plenty of liquids so I haven't really been tracking and I have forgotten what the minimum was to stay OP. Is it 48 oz per day?

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6 8-ounce glasses of water is recommended however 3 of those can come from decaff drinks such as milk, juice and the like.

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How much water do you need?

 

The old standard suggestion of 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water a day is still good. But people who exercise may need more like 2 or 3 quarts, especially when it's hot and humid

outside (and during illness).

 

Get in the habit of carrying a water bottle. It's easy to measure, handy to cart around especially during workouts, and saves waiting in line at the water fountain - - where it never seems polite to guzzle what you really need when others are waiting.

 

Drink cool water when you're hot. Cool water empties out of the stomach and enters the system faster. Drink warmer water (room temperature or warm uncaffeinated tea or broth) when exercising outside in the cold.

 

Drink before you're thirsty. People who drink to satisfy thirst replace only about half of what they need. An intelligent, buy the book, "hydration schedule" for a workout looks something like this:

 

· 17 ounces of water 2 hours before your workout

· 8 ounces or more 15 minutes before your workout

· 4 to 8 ounces every 10 to 20 minutes during your workout

· another 8 ounces after your workout

 

AND

 

Water, Water, Everywhere, Even In Your Food from healthcentral.com The Dr. Dean Digest Daily Issue on January 19, 2001

 

I have never liked specific rules like "You must drink eight glasses of water per day to be healthy." Here is a study from Tufts University that backs me up.

 

A study of a small group of women, measured each drop they took in and each drop they eliminated, and found that the water, juice and decaffeinated beverages consumed averaged the recommended eight cups per day.

 

"But the real surprise was that women met almost 40 percent of their water needs with food alone. In fact, when their water intake from food, water and other beverages and metabolic reactions was added up, they exceeded their minimum recommendation by 50 percent."

 

Eating and drinking as they naturally would, they took in more fluid than they needed.

 

Foods contain a lot of water; some are more than half water. Vegetables are about 95 percent water, sirloin steak is 60 percent water, a slice of white bread is 37 percent water.

 

Dr. Wayne Campbell of Purdue University thinks people mistakenly think they have to drink eight cups of water each day. Because foods contribute to water balance too, most people are getting their eight cups of water without actually drinking eight cups of water.

 

You can get your fluids from food and from other beverages, but not alcohol. Alcohol doesn't count.

 

People who exercise heavily and sweat a lot, and anyone who is ill, especially with fever, vomiting or diarrhea should drink a lot. People older than 70 can be dehydrated without feeling thirsty, so they should drink a lot whether or not they feel a need.

 

Of course, if you want to chug down eight glasses a day, no harm done.

 

Source: January 2001. Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

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That is such good info Kelly--thanks for sharing it. I carry a half filled bottle of water frozen to school everyday and keep filling it til the ice is gone. Thanks again for sharing the water info. Love, Cinde wave.gif


"There's so much to be done, count all the bees in the hive, chase all the clouds from the sky."CINDE SW 219-CW 184-GW 150-10% goal reached 04/13/02

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