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Eight glasses of water a day


I've always found it hard to drink the suggested eight glasses of water a day. That's a lot of water! (and a lot of trips to the bathroom).

Today I was reading in my Dr. Mercola newsletter that: 

"There is little evidence for or against any of the supposed benefits of extra water, such as increased toxin excretion, improved skin tone, lessened hunger, and reduced headache frequency." -- from mercola.com

The source of the study is the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 

Shared by wishuponastar on 4/22/08

I have a difficult time drinking 8 to 10 a day dispite my continued "mental" committment to do so. I will start out on the right path carring around water bottles, drinking green tea, ( I do not buy bottled water just keep filling up the same bottle) I do find it easier to get those eight to ten in when the weather gets warmer, then my body really desires it. Wish I could figure out how to keep this habit once I start it.


I have heard that if you drink enough water so your urine runs clear (not yellow), you are properly hydrated - I like that, since it's a different amount for everyone.


Ah the eight glasses of water a day fact of myth.

Hydration is extremely important as I have learned the hard way. Water is the best source of hydration and 6-8 (8oz) glasses of water a day will keep those wonderful filtering organs flowing. The kidneys if not well hydrated can form crystals, which if they back up harden into stones. And if you are one of the lucky people in this world who has had to pass one you will forever drink 8-10 glasses of water a day to make sure you never have to experience it again. On the other hand if you end up in the situation I'm in I've already had two surgical procedures to remove the 2.3 centimeters of stones lodged in my left kidney while my right is still popping out 3-4 millimeter stones. Yes, even with the increase of water I consume I still produce stones. I will now have to undergo yet another surgical procedure that actually sticks a tube into my kidney and the urologist literally goes into the kidney crushes the stones and sucks them out. I will have to have this tube in my kidney for a few days to drain, sounds wonderful doesn't it. So, my suggestion is: tolerate the trips to the bathroom it beats having to have a surgical procedure that could possibly damage your kidney it's a small price to pay.