Drinking more water without getting bloated

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    Aug 06, 2007 8:59 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    Does anyone have any suggestions on how to increase one's level of hydration without getting bloated?

    I can drink sweetened tea, milk, or juice in large quantities, but when I try to drink plain water (or even Vitamin Water) I find I often feel bloated. I seem to be more affected by this challenge in summer... so any suggestions would be appreciated!

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    Aug 06, 2007 9:30 PM GMT
    Adding Lemon Juice to your water helps some people with the bloated feeling of trying to rehydrate with water.
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    Aug 06, 2007 9:58 PM GMT
    Simple and downright elegant. Thanks! I will try it!
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    Aug 06, 2007 10:04 PM GMT
    Do you mean feeling bloated or actually physiologically bloated (volume overload)?

    Your body regulates the optimal level of hydration with what is given to it... You do not take in enough water, your body cannot do much except being dehydrated. You take in too much water, your body will get rid of it...

    Unless you are adding things like diuretics so your body cannot maintain the water it is holding.. Caffine in tea is a diuretic. Or you have too much salt intake andthis will hold water... WEll too much salt intake your body will try to flush it out with water, making you more dehydrated..

    I am not sure what exactly you meant... And I do not see any physiological reason why drking water with small amount of lemon juice will either make you more or less bloated (or volume overload)...
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    Aug 06, 2007 10:05 PM GMT
    You are welcome
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    Aug 06, 2007 10:34 PM GMT
    Vitamin Water, what is that? Can that be got in Ireland? I have never heard of it.

    Mike
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    Aug 06, 2007 10:53 PM GMT
    Mike - I'm not sure if it is distributed there:

    http://www.glaceau.com/

    I like it because it's mildly sweetened with crystaline fructose (no "fake" sugars).
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    Aug 06, 2007 11:15 PM GMT
    Thanks italmusclebtm. I will check it out.

    Mike
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    Aug 07, 2007 1:56 AM GMT
    Italmusclebtm: NYCMusc is right. Physiologically, there isn't a reason you'd be getting bloated just by intaking water. Water is the purest substance you can put in your body, and isn't retained any more than what is needed.

    Bloating, however, can be a result of certain supplements (such as creatine) and excess salt intake (if you eat lots of pre-prepared foods, or don't actually cook your meals, and thus have no control over the sodium used).

    There isn't a way to make yourself any more hydrated without ingesting water. The only instances I've ever heard of that involved someone feeling bloated after ingested water was merely because they weren't drinking ENOUGH water. When you are underhydrated, your body tends to want to store the water you do ingest, as it's a valuable cellular commodity.

    If you aren't eating lots of salty foods, aren't taking creatine, then I'd assume this is the problem. Do a little experiment and try and slowly ramp your daily water intake to 80oz (of plain water). After a few days, see if it still makes you feel bloated.

    How much water would you say you're ingesting now?
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    Aug 07, 2007 1:57 AM GMT
    Reducing your salt intake and being careful of related salts such as potassium and electrolytes found in sports drinks should help you as well.
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    Aug 07, 2007 3:03 AM GMT
    Sorry guys... I wasn't as clear as I should have been... I am not prone to physiological bloating in any medical sense... I was referring to the "dang, my stomach is FULL of water" feeling. Not the physiology of retaining water.

    I drink considerably less fluids than any of the published guidelines on how much water a person should drink on a daily basis. I just hate the weighted down feeling in my stomach. Even if I sip slowly over an entire afternoon, I just can't physically drink that much water.

    A full glass of milk juice doesn't make me feel bloated, but a full glass of water does. Maybe I'm just weird.
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    Aug 07, 2007 6:07 AM GMT
    Ah, well, that makes much more sense. The reason you do feel so weighted down is that, well, water is heavy, and occupies alot of volume... so yeah, it takes up space. That's why people who have trouble with portion control are advised to drink a full glass of water before a meal. You eat less because your stomach is partially full.

    I used to be the same way, and couldn't bring myself to drink nearly as much water as I should. But by gradually increasing the amount I drank (and putting up with the feeling of fullness) - it went away. Now i can drink ~3L of water a day without feeling that way.

    Drinking lukewarm water may help alleviate this to some extent. Cold water can make your stomach muscles contract and add to the problem.

    Just remember that your body is composed of 70% water for a reason. It's the universal solvent for the good AND the bad materials in your body. If you're underhydrated, you could have problems shuttling around both. And while that may not be a problem now, you could face the serious health consequences later in life.
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    Aug 07, 2007 11:50 AM GMT
    Whew! That was the question I put forth eariler... If you had physiological bloating or volume overload, you better have you kidney and heart/lung fucntions checked!