Water intake

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    Oct 27, 2014 1:39 AM GMT
    Because of migraines I had to cut out the caffeinated drinks about 10 years ago. However, I have still been drinking the non-caffeinated sodas. Over the past few years though I have been drinking quite a bit more water...and even now, the only time I haven't been drinking water would be at dinner. Trying to kick the soda habit, I was wondering if the flavored water (Crystal Light) is a good option?
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    Oct 27, 2014 4:54 AM GMT
    I drink plain tap water with my meals. Sometimes a glass of almond milk with my breakfast bran mush. I used to drink Snapple tea, milk, and sodas but not any more. And I don't miss any of them. When I eat out I ask for tap water and that's all I'll have to drink.
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    Oct 27, 2014 11:49 AM GMT
    Try to avoid fake things. Fake colors, fake sweeteners, etc.
    I sometimes get bored with plain water. Seltzer water with a splash of juice is nice to change things up.
  • Ironman4U

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    Oct 27, 2014 1:11 PM GMT
    Avoid Crystal Light and other similar products or at least drink at your own risk. Here's a blurb from an article on Crystal Light:

    "These drinks contain ingredients associated with known health risks. Two of Crystal Light's ingredients -- aspartame and acesulfame potassium -- have been linked with a risk of cancer, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Aspartame might also lead to neurological concerns. CSPI recommends caution with colorings Red 40 and Blue 1 found in Crystal Light, as they can cause allergies. The Center warns to avoid colorings Yellow 5, which has a risk of cancer, and Yellow 6, which has a risk of tumors."
  • starboard5

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    Oct 27, 2014 3:23 PM GMT
    True Lemon and True Lime made by True Citrus Co. Crystallized juice with evaporated cane juice. No dyes or preservatives. I get it at the grocery store. Add a packet to your glass or bottle of water if you get tired of plain.
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    Oct 27, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    I have to avoid diet soft drinks, because in the US virtually all are sweetened with aspartame. There are controversial claims that aspartame can trigger seizures and migraines. I'm already an epileptic, and I do seem to have had seizures myself after drinking it.

    But there can be a few hours onset delay, it doesn't happen the moment I put the glass down, and usually not at all, so the relationship even for me is not firmly established. Since I'm rather well regulated with medication, and very rarely have a seizure today (and then it's mainly if I should forget to take my meds), if I do have one within 24 hours of drinking a diet drink it makes me suspicious. Therefore to be prudent I simply don't have them.

    And they say diet drinks do little for you anyway, because they may stimulate the appetite in other ways. You're avoiding sugar in the drink, but adding more calories from other sources.

    When I want a soft drink I'll have regular 7-Up or Sprite, sometimes a root beer, none with caffeine. Also things like cranberry juice (good for the urinary tract), Gatorade or equivalent electrolyte, some orange juice, almond milk, original V-8 vegetable juice, and water with meals.
  • LJay

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    Oct 27, 2014 6:41 PM GMT
    At least a half gallon of water each day. Being diabetic, I need to avoid soda and juice because they spike my sugar levels immediately. I never have liked artificially sweetened drinks so the choices are pretty much down to water and unsweetened tea. I do enjoy my morning coffee.

    After drinking such basic stuff for so long I find that other things just don't do the job of quenching and hydrating as well. My Brita filter and I do very well.
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    Oct 27, 2014 9:26 PM GMT
    Thanks all...I was thinking there was something against drinks like that...I'm trying to find an alternative...I do drink quite a bit of water (I refill the Life Water bottles at home and drink throughout the day)...it's just for meals I'm a bit "watered out"...but thanks for the info all...a great help!!!!!
  • tigrisblue

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    Oct 27, 2014 11:12 PM GMT
    I steep fruit teas and create a concentrate from those, and then water it down as needed per glass. Or you can just oversteep from one bag for a smaller amount but to the same effect. Good flavor, no sugar.

    If you're concerned about the controversial chemicals in tea bags, you can always steep from loose teas and strain.
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    Oct 28, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    NashKev saidit's just for meals I'm a bit "watered out"...

    For me I think part of it was habit, and habituating myself to needing some sort of taste stimulation when I drink something. Water is boring with a meal, compared to beer, tea, milk, or other things, but in some way that I can't articulate, I think it's good to get back to basics and learn to enjoy a meal with just plain water.
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    Oct 28, 2014 5:41 AM GMT
    I use those Mio things sometimes. Or I just buy flavored sparkling water.
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    Oct 28, 2014 7:18 AM GMT
    I only drink water period. It's been a while drinking sodas like few years ago I quit drinking sodas. I only drink water or concentrated juice drinks with no sugars.
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    Oct 28, 2014 11:05 PM GMT
    If you don't want to just drink plain water you can always stick a slice of lime in your water.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 29, 2014 3:25 PM GMT
    xrichx saidI use those Mio things sometimes. Or I just buy flavored sparkling water.


    Mio is chemical BS. Just work out and you will love plain water. Thirst is a great motivator!
  • mybud

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    Oct 31, 2014 8:30 PM GMT
    On average, I drink a gallon of water a day...I add nothing.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 31, 2014 9:04 PM GMT
    I make a pitcher of unsweet tea and leave it on the counter. If I start getting tired of it, I switch teas. Constant Comment is good. In the summer I had one with mint in it which was nice. Green tea. Just buy a variety pack of teas and enjoy. I put one tea bag in a Mr. Coffee coffee pot, let it perk and steep for the two hours it stays on. Cheep and good and a slight kick of caffeine.
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    Nov 01, 2014 3:58 PM GMT
    mybud saidOn average, I drink a gallon of water a day...I add nothing.


    I have now started that. I'm kicking the sugar!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 05, 2014 7:00 AM GMT
    TomSOCAL saidAspartame = Don Rumsfeld, his company had something to do with making it.

    There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. So you cannot trust anything that Donny says or makes.

    I love green tea and drink half a gallon a day. Only the Lipton brand tastes ok to me.


    Hopefully type two diabetes doesn't run in your family. Sounds like a boatload of sugar. If you had water instead for the year your waist size would drop, and your health would go upicon_idea.gif
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    Dec 13, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    I drink 2 litres of water per day at the gym, them maybe 1 to 1.5 litres of sparkling water at nite. Mix that with all the water i get from wine and I'm pretty well hydrated…. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 20, 2014 4:44 PM GMT
    Speaking of water intake...the other day I took my usual vitamins & supplements as I was about to dash out the door...the bottle of water I had must have been damaged because it tore open spilling all over me & the carpet! As I rushed to clean me & the spill up, I neglected to drink more than the few swallows of water I took before the leak.
    Five minutes later, sitting at a red light, I belched....and out comes a white cloud!! Apparently, one of the capsules (probably saw palmetto) had dissolved in my esophagus!
    Lesson learned: always make sure you drink sufficient liquid to wash them down. icon_lol.gif