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My doctor has prescribed that I drink a total of 96 ounces of water a day – that’s the equivalent of eight 12 ounce cans of soda. This is actually more liquid total than I used to take in before trying this, so it’s been interesting. I think I feel better, but I also spend more time running to the restroom.

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  1. Jodi says:

    And now you get to understand how your wife felt when pregnant. :)

  2. Kai Schaller says:

    I remember when I drastically increased my water intake I had the same problem with constantly having to use the bathroom. The good news is that my body adjusted after a while and the normal frequency of bathroom trips returned, even though I was still drinking lots and lots of water. So hang in there!

  3. Rachel says:

    Why did the dr. prescribe this? I think it will over work your kidneys. I’d be afraid to drink that much!

  4. Bobbi says:

    I switched from drinking 48-72 ounces of Diet Mountain Dew a day to drinking at least 64 ounces of water and had the same problem for a while. You will get used to it.

  5. Steve says:

    I just go with what the body needs. If it needs water, there a signal it sends to the brain: it’s called thirst :). On days when I’m spent a lot of time working, I do tend to get more thirsty, and drink more. But I don’t agree with overhydrating yourself for no reason. And do NOT forget to pee. Too much blood dilution can lead to seizures and death – remember the woman at the Wii contest who died.

  6. Andy says:

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  7. Patrick says:

    Ease into it and your body will adjust easily. I drink approximately 1 gallon of water per day, in addition to the other beverages I may drink -juice, soda, or the occassional beer. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to improve your day to day health.

    I was not prescribed to drink this much water, I just like to do it. I probably started when I was in the Middle East and drank a couple gallons of water per day to fend off dehydration. I am a normal weight male and I have been screened for diabetes, so that is not an issue (excessive thrist is a possible sign of diabetes).

    Once you get used to it, I think you will enjoy it and find it hard to go back to not drinking a lot of water.

  8. Woody says:

    The leading cause of arthritis, joint pain, and back issues in the US is dehydration. Reality is that while the thirst mechanism is a strong one, many things people drink has more in it to damage the body than the water in it can repair. And if you ignore it or abuse it long enough, your thirst mechanism (like most bodily cues) can be turned way down or off.

    I was having several issues with joint pain, back issues, and several other things a year ago. I don’t recall being constantly thirsty or feeling dry at any point. So when my doctor told me I was dehydrated and needed to drink nearly a gallon of water every day, I was shocked.

    A year later, my pain is gone, my body feels much better, I feel more alert, and I’m no longer running the lav every hour. :) The way I do it is I fill a water jug at the start of the day, and drink what ever is left at night before going to bed. It encourages me to drink it during the day in place of soda because chugging a lot of water before bed isn’t that fun. ;)

  9. MedWanderer says:

    Quick physiology lesson: The osmotic level of the blood stream is highly controlled and very specific. Any dilution of the blood stream (by drinking excess water) leads to your kidneys excreting the extra liquid. Any concentration (from dehydration, third space losses, etc) leads to the kidneys concentrating the urine to maintain that precise level. Drinking a gallon of water a day will not fix anything, it will only make you urinate more.

  10. vh says:

    uh… Maybe you should get a second opinion?

    Now, drinking that much water INSTEAD OF drinking that much pop if you’re already guzzling that much sugar water: well, maybe so. But out of the blue to increase your intake to three quarts? That doesn’t sound right.

  11. 60 in 3 - Fitness and Health says:

    A lot of water does not overwork your kidneys (well, not unless it’s really a lot more than what Trent is talking about). Actually, if he switched away from sodas and coffee to water, his kidneys are doing a lot less work since they don’t need to clean out all the crap that’s in those drinks.


  12. Louise says:

    Your body will adjust in time to the extra water intake. Meanwhile, try drinking at least some of the water warm instead of cold or room temperature. Warm water (around the temperature of a comfortable cup of coffee or tea) is better absorbed by the body. Try an experiment for yourself. Drink two glasses of room temperature water first thing in the morning and see how long it takes before you run to the bathroom. Next morning drink two glasses of warm water and see how long it takes. 90% of the time it will take a lot longer before you need to visit the bathroom after drinking the warm water.

  13. Joel says:

    I started drinking a LOT of water in March. Completely stopped drinking all carbonated drinks and juices and all that. I also eat a lot more fruits and vegetables (which also contain high concentrations of water).

    I went to the restroom a lot more in the beginning, but now my body has leveled out and if I drink less than 4 bottles of water (less than 70 ouces), I feel dehydrated. I used to not drink that much fluid in a day.

    I have seen some recommendations to take your weight in pounds, divide it by 2, and drink at minimum that many ounces of water. By that estimate, 96 ounces would be pretty close to ideal for someone who weighed 180-190 pounds.

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