How Much Water Do You Really need?

Aquaman lives in it.

The Waterboy will tell you that it’s the only thing you’ll ever need.

Conventional wisdom will tell you that you need eight glasses a day.

We all know we should drink water and stay properly hydrated, but how much do we REALLY need?  How much is too much?  What about sports drinks like Gatorade – is there a time and place to consume them?

Today on Nerd Fitness we’re going to bust all of the myths associated with water, determine how much water you should consume, and how that changes if you’re exercising regularly.

Do i need 8 glasses of water every day?

drop of water

First and foremost, yes you need water.

Boom. Article done. I’m going on break.

Water is good for you; a significant portion of your body is composed of water, and when you lose fluids through sweat, exertion, bodily functions, etc, consuming water can help you replenish fluids.

HOWEVER…

The whole “8 glasses of water a day” thing is not law.  In fact, there’s no real proof of this being a proper amount at all.

As we’ve told you before (the perfect workout, the perfect diet), we are all unique snowflakes, and we all require different amounts of water!  Somebody that exercises with regularity and goes on a lot of long runs will require more water than somebody who exercises less regularly. There’s no exact amount of water that works for everybody.

So where did this magical “8 glasses of water a day” number initially come from?  Nobody really knows.  According to Snopes:

Back in 1945 the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Research Council stated that adults should take in about 2.5 liters of water per day (which is roughly the equivalent of eight glasses of water), but it also noted most of that intake level was already satisfied through the consumption of food without the need for the additional drinking of water.

That’s right, you get a SIGNIFICANT amount of water from the food you are consuming.  A huge percentage of our bodies is made of water, a huge percentage of the planet is made up of water…why wouldn’t a huge percentage of our food be composed of water too?

So, yes. Consuming water is important.  But the 8 glasses a day case doesn’t hold water (ha!), as we get a significant portion of our daily water from our food we consume.  Things like fruits and vegetables, even meat, is composed of a tremendous amount of water, all of which counts towards our ‘hydration quotient’ for the day.

You know what else counts? EVERY OTHER BEVERAGE WE DRINK!

Things like tea, coffee, even dreaded sugary beverages, milk, juices, and alcoholic beverages.

How much water DO you need?

ice

So you know you don’t need to always drink 8 glasses, it could be less and it could be more.  So how much do you need?

Honestly?  Drink when you are thirsty. That’s it.  I’m going on a second break!

Kidding.  Seriously though, your thirst is a pretty damn good indicator of when you should consume more water.  Do you think dogs and cats and elephants worry about hydration levels?  Nope – they simply consume water when their body tells them that they are thirsty.

As nerds, we tend to overthink, overanalyze, and drive ourselves crazy with too much info.

Now, if you happen to be one of those people that needs MORE advice than that, check your urine color.

Weird, I know.

This chart provides a great color test.  You want to aim (not literally) for a “pale straw” or “lemonade” color.  I’m not quite sure what color “pale straw” is, but everybody knows what lemonade looks like.  If your pee is starting to resemble lemon-lime gatorade, you’re dehydrated.  If your pee comes out a different color all together, I would probably seek medical attention immediately. You’re welcome 🙂

And if your pee smells funny, don’t forget that you probably ate asparagus last night!

So what are the tell tale signs that something is wrong, that you are dehyradated?

According to the National Institute of Health, your primary signs of dehydration are:

  • A feeling of thirst (duh)
  • Dry or sticky mouth
  • Low or no urine output; urine looks dark yellow
  • Sunken eyes
  • Lethargy

Yes, SEVERE dehydration can lead to significant issues, even comas.  We’re going to try and avoid those.

Now, if you are feeling one or some of these symptoms, it’s possible you are dehydrated.  Now, there’s yet another myth running around that says “if you are feeling thirsty, it’s already too late and you’re already dehydrated.”

This is also not true.  If you are feeling the signs of dehydration, consuming some water can get you right back on track.

I now hear you saying: “Okay Steve, I got it.  If I feel dehydrated, I’ll drink more water.  To prevent that from happening, why don’t I just drink more water all of the time, even when I’m not thirsty!?”

Great question, my dear friend.   

Can I be over-hydrated?

flood

Believe it or not, this whole “hydration science” thing has been severely blown out of proportion.  

How and why? One dude who decided if some water was good, more water must be better. Then, bandwagoners jumped on board with that idea, without things like “evidence” or “scientific proof” (much like the wrongful vilification of fat).

From Outdoors:

A single individual working for the U.S. military decided that water was a tactical weapon. That if the military could be encouraged to drink more during maneuvers, they’d have less heat stroke and less illness and they’d be more productive and could be better soldiers. It was purely his idea. It had no scientific basis at all. Two years later he published a paper supposedly saying that if the US soldiers drank 1.9 liters per hour [64 ounces] when they were exercising in the heat they would perform much better. There was utterly no concrete evidence that that was true. The problem was, his advice was embraced by the U.S. Military. They changed their drinking guidelines to say that you should now drink 1.9 liters per hour. The same people who drew up those guidelines were then invited by the American College of Sports Medicine to get involved with drawing up guidelines for runners.

In 1996, that culminated with the new American guidelines, which said that you must drink as much as tolerable during exercise, up to 40 ounces per hour. That became the mantra—that you had to drink before you became thirsty, and as much as possible during exercise. It was after that the problems of hyponatremia really become problematic around the world.

Combine this with the sports beverage industry (which I’ll skewer in a minute) and the bottled water industry (one of the best scams going, which I’ll get to as well), and you have a marketing engine that won’t slow down.

“Drink before you’re thirsty or it’s too late.”  “Running a marathon?  It’s better to overhydrate then not drink enough! Better safe than sorry!”

Actually, you CAN overhydrate, and it can be dangerous – it’s called hyponatremia, it’s an electrolyte imbalance from too much water consumed, and it’s bad news bears.

Want to know the people who suffer from hyponatremia the most?

Marathon and ultra runners.

Dr. Timothy Noakes, author of Waterlogged, explains that the overconsumption of water can lead to our body developing a severe imbalance of sodium in our systems, which can lead to a litany of side effects, even death.

What he’s found of people who have dealt with cases of exercise-induced hyponatremia:

“What I’ve found is that all of these people were probably drinking 1.2 liters per hour [40 ounces]. They continue to drink like that for four or five hours. Now, normally, if you’re drinking at that rate, you simply pass it out as urine. A person who is overdrinking will start passing urine so frequently that they’ll realize, This is stupid. I’m going to stop drinking.

But what happens in hyponatremia is that, for some reason, the brain interprets that the person is dehydrated and secretes the antidiuretic hormone. As a consequence, that prevents all urine production. Although they are sweating, they may be sweating at a rate of 20 ounces per hour, but they are drinking at a rate of 40 ounces per hour. Every hour they are accumulating 20 ounces. You can do that for a couple of hours, but once you’ve accumulated about 60 to 80 ounces of water in your body, all of your tissues become bloated, and the organ that becomes most affected is the brain.

The brain swells, and because it is in a rigid skull, it cannot swell very much. The more it swells, the more pressure, and that eventually squeezes the arteries supplying blood to the brain. Ultimately, there is less oxygen getting to the brain, and certain parts become damaged. “

Not good. One 2002 study found that 13% of Boston Marathon runners experienced hyponatremia. While many experience hyponatremia without being in immediate danger, it certainly isn’t healthy.

So, how do you combat this? Drink when you are thirsty!  LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!

Time to answer your next question: “If drinking too much water causes an issue with sodium imbalances, what about sports drinks? They have electrolytes and sodium in them!”

Allow me!

What about sports drinks like Gatorade?

gatorade

Michael Jordan is famously seen drinking gatorade during his flu game in 96, which tells us that without gatorade he wouldn’t have been able to play:

Little do they tell you that Michael also had another secret weapon at his disposal that helped him play up to snuff in that game: apple sauce!

So why is that famous commercial all about Gatorade and not about apple sauce? Because there’s wayyyy more money in the sports beverage industry, and they can sell on the term “replenish electrolytes” which is actually way simpler to do than they make it out to be.

We’re promised that without the careful combination of electrolytes and ingredients in Gatorade, we’re going to get dehydrated when exercising and suffer.

Here’s what happens: When you sweat, you lose fluids and electrolytes, especially sodium and chloride (which is why your sweat tastes salty…stop tasting your sweat you creep).  Now, when you’re lacking fluids and electrolytes, your muscles and performance can suffer.

So that’s where Gatorade ALLEGEDLY will solve all of your problems.

Here’s the truth: unless you are exercising for hours and hours and hours, your electrolyte imbalance will not cause a drop in performance.  If you are exercising for an hour or less, some sips of water to quench your thirst is more than enough.  If you are exercising for hours upon hours, then additional products may help.

In these instance, Gatorade could help potentially, but there’s nothing in Gatorade that’s magic. It’s sugar, water, sodium, potassium, and then some artificial and natural flavoring to make it taste and look the way it does.

Want the benefits of gatorade while on your marathon run without having to buy gatorade? Make your own!

As Al Kavado talks about here, try mixing water, honey, salt, and/or lemon juice.  Try different combos (mixing in some OJ or using coconut water!)

And just like that you, you have your sodium, some sugars, and rehydration.  No fancy marketing required.

THE WORST THING YOU CAN DO?  

Do some boring cardio for 20 minutes (which burns a minimal number of calories), and then chug a 32 oz gatorade (200 calories and 50+ grams of sugar!) and think you’re healthier. Negatory!

Water works just fine for 98% of the activities you will ever do.

what about coffee?

coffee cup

Time to put the myth busting cap back on: You’ve probably been told that drinking caffeinated beverages will dehydrate you.

That by consuming caffeinated beverages, you’re actually expelling more water than you are consuming.

This is another one of those bits of conventional wisdom hat gets blown way out of proportion.

Yes, caffeine is a mild diuretic.  However, our bodies are pretty darn smart, and because all drinks are composed almost entirely of water, it more than makes up for the effects.

As pointed out here in this study:

Ingestion of caffeine in large doses (at least 250-300 mg, equivalent to the amount found in 2-3 cups of coffee or 5-8 cups of tea) results in a short-term stimulation of urine output in individuals who have been deprived of caffeine for a period of days or weeks. A profound tolerance to the diuretic and other effects of caffeine develops, however, and the actions are much diminished in individuals who regularly consume tea or coffee. Doses of caffeine equivalent to the amount normally found in standard servings of tea, coffee and carbonated soft drinks appear to have no diuretic action.

What about alcohol?  Same thing. Alcohol has diuretic properties, but only causes dehydration when consumed at beyond normal levels.  (Here’s our thoughts on being a healthy nerd that still can still enjoy an occasional cocktail.)

What ALLLLL OF THIS MEANS: Drink when you are thirsty. All liquids you consume count towards hydration, and only in cases of overconsumption can they negatively affect your hydration.

Beware the bottled water hype

bottled water

In 2012, total U.S. bottled water consumption increased to 9.67 billion gallons, up from 9.1 billion gallons in 2011.  Every person in America drank an average of 30.8 gallons of bottled water last year.  Bottled water sales increased by 6.7 percent in 2012, and now total $11.8 billion.

Only in America can an industry selling tap water in a plastic bottle become an absolutely juggernaut, as Lewis Black so eloquently points out (NSFW Language):

It is very likely that your local tap water is fine! Check your local government for more information, but if you live in the United States, chances are your tap water is equal or better to the bottled stuff! Heck Coca-Cola knows this, as their Dasani Brand is ultimately filtered tap water.

Want that bottle of Fiji water because it’s clean and pure and provides you with magical abilities like Percy Jackson? There is less arsenic in Cleveland Tap water than Fiji water!  Much less expensive too 🙂

If you don’t like the taste of, or are concerned about your local tap water, try a Brita filter or something equivalent. Stop going through hundreds of plastic bottles of water every year, and drink the water you already have available to you.

Yes, if the choice is between no beverage, a coke, or a bottle of water, go with the bottled water!

Just don’t go out of your way to buy water from the polar ice caps, Hoth glaciers, or the Swiss Alps because you think it’s going to be healthier for you, provide you with more of a benefit than regular water.  That’s all hype, sucka!

Read more about bottled water hype here at WiseBread.

If you are going to bring water with you, follow these guidelines as to what kind of container you’ll use.

After doing our own research, we ultimately decided on stainless steel for Nerd Fitness water bottles for the reasons above.

okay so what do i do?

glass of water

“Ugh, Steve, you just spent 2300 words ripping apart water.  I thought water was important!”

Yes, yes it is.

Water keeps your body functioning properly.  Consume it when you feel the need and your thirst will be quenched, your body will stay regulated, and you will live to see tomorrow.

On top of that, consuming water before a meal can help you feel fuller and thus prevent you from overeating.  If this works for you, keep doing what you’re doing!

Water should definitely be consumed when you are thirsty!  But the importance of water has been overblown, and you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars each year on fancy bottled water from glaciers.

Here’s everything in a nutshell:

  • Chill out about water, don’t overthink it.
  • Drink when you feel thirsty.
  • If your pee is a darker color than normal, drink more water. If it’s lighter than normal, drink less.
  • Don’t stress about drinking water neurotically throughout the day.
  • Dont bother with the energy drinks unless your exercise is intense, over several hours, or in very hot conditions.

Bet you didn’t think I could write that much about such a simple beverage eh?

Have any more questions for me?  What else do you need to know about water?

Let’s hear it.

-Steve

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  • ninjbyte

    Well done. Well written, well informed. I have nothing to object. Over here, people tend to drink way less than they’re supposed too, especially outside the gym. Just drinking the adequate amount of water would make some significant changes in life quality.

  • I’jaaz

    Well written analysis of water, and well played boxing match. 😛
    Rip that CW apart! 😛
    By the way, love the Percy Jackson reference. 😛

  • Hannah

    I aim for 8 cups a day, but not because I think it’s the magic number… it’s because I don’t get thirsty easily. For me, thirst most often manifests as me feeling “hungry” so I’ll go have a snack rather than a glass of water. If I actually feel like drinking fluids it’s because I’ve exerted myself a lot or it’s hot, essentially meaning I don’t feel like drinking until I’m already dehydrated. If I don’t make myself have 2 cups between each meal I just don’t drink anything. But I have noticed feeling a lot less mentally tired and having more physical energy when I keep up and stay hydrated. And I sing better! So I try to keep up with it.

    I spent years hating the way water tasted but I know it’s important and after forcing it down for a few weeks I got over it 😉 I haven’t been doing great lately… my skin is super dry. Time to go have a glass!

  • TheyGuy

    I agree with pretty much everything you said here, except for the consumption of tap water without a filter that removes the dumb chemicals we put into the tap water. Tap water is indeed highly regulated, and actually safer to an extent than bottled water. Get a filter that is known to remove sodium fluoride, chlorine, and any other sort of metals that may have either stayed in, or leeched into the water on the journey to your glass. Brita filters don’t do this. Reverse Osmosis and precious few other filters do.

  • Alukonis

    Somewhat unfortunate timing with bashing bottled water considering what just happened in West Virginia.

    I like Nuun for long bike rides because it has electrolytes and a bit of flavor but no sugars. For long hikes and snowboarding I put a pinch of sea salt in my camelbak. I’m a really salty sweater, though.

  • Stephanie Byars

    Another amazing article, Steve! You. Are. Awesome. That is all.

  • very thorough. as always. i can’t recall the article i got this from, but the author recommended a dash of salt in the water to make water more drinkable. i do this because sometimes plain water tastes too bland. in hindsight though, i guess if it’s bland then one is not thirsty, if thirsty, water tastes like gold. it’s just I like drinking throughout the day, I keep a huge mug next to me and every hour or so I get up, refill and then stretch. it’s a part of a routine. anyone else put salt in their water?

  • Daniel Jcs

    While I enjoyed reading the article and agree with most of it, my personal experience both in regards to myself as well as family and friends is that people drink either just enough or way less than they should. The threshhold for what is “too much” is so incredibly high that I much rather drink a glass or two more per day than having one or two less than I should. And yes, the moment I run to the toilet for the 2nd time in 20 minutes I stop drinking, but up to that point I don’t really.

    Another major point I have missed in the article is weight loss and how drinking can affect it. You mention how drinking before a meal can somewhat help you eat less which indeed is true, but what I found to be the most incredible is that my weight loss seems to be much more rapid after a day of heavier (water) drinking than after a day of mediocre water consumption. This is of course provided proper exercise and good nutrition otherwise. I’ve read a lot of stuff in that regard and would have loved to get your take on it/have you evaluate and check whether/how much of it is true and how much is not. Here are a couple of lists I’m referring to:

    http://www.caloriesperhour.com/tutorial_water.php

    http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/6-reasons-to-drink-water

    http://www.dumblittleman.com/2007/07/9-great-reasons-to-drink-water-and-how.html

  • Don C. Lafleur

    I am a pretty avid short distance runner. I run around 80 – 90 kms a month, each run about 7 to 10 kms. My average pace is around 5’22/km. I hydrate a fair amount during the day, with water, green and black teas, no sugar or milk. I never need water during my runs even on the hottest days. Sure I get a bit thirsty by the end of a 10km on a hot day. But I see people with these crazy hydration packs and big water bottles on short runs. I truly think people have been brainwashed by all the soft drink companies that own the bottled water and sport drink brands. I think the main lesson is, hydrate consistently through the day and listen to your body. Pretty simple.

  • Tim Donovan

    Desani!

    I’ve seen it in the US and Canada but I believe it;s no longer sold in the UK due to the fact that it’s filtered Tap water! 🙂

  • Randy Slavey

    Good article. Couple of things you might want to fix:

    “Water is should definitely be consumed when you are thirsty!”

    “The Waterboy will you that it’s the only thing you’ll ever need.”

    Thanks for yet another BS-free analysis of health and fitness.

  • Guest

    This whole water talk reminded me of the incident a few year back on a radio show. They had a contest to win something, and a mom drank chugged a galloon of water and died that day.
    Great article!

  • sferguson1986

    This whole article reminded me of the incident on radio a few years back. A lady chugged a galloon of water to win something for her kid, and died that day.
    I really do think, we like to overthink everything!
    Great article once again

  • Lynda Bowen

    And if it’s pink, you ate beets… 😀

  • SB

    I chop up some cucumbers and/or lemons and add them to my water jug in the fridge. Just refill as you use it, and you have delicious flavored water with no weird ingredients!

    Also, Mark’s article calls glass bottles “heavy and fragile”, but I’ve got a LifeFactory glass water bottle that I have never thought of as heavy, and that I’ve dropped plenty of times with zero damage. No metallic taste, and you can wash it out easily by hand or in the dishwasher. My two cents! 🙂

  • rabies_R_us

    It’s very interesting that you mentioned apple sauce… When I was on the high school cross country team, I ran my best race after having some apple sauce for my breakfast/snack. I haven’t though about that in years!

  • Dude! Great Article! It drives me crazy the way people spend WAY too much money and pollute our world with stupid plastic bottles because bottled water is “better for you.” That’s just good marketing. Damn good marketing.

    What are your opinions on Coconut Water? It’s started becoming a HUGE substitute for workout nuts like us as a “Natural source of rehydration” that is marketed better than water, but I still feel that its…. water.

  • Christopher Chisholm

    I’ve had a varied history with water. When I was young, before I knew anything about health, I’d almost never drink it. At some point in my life, I started drinking it, and a LOT of it. I have found that until I started drinking a lot of water every day, I didn’t realize just how thirsty I was. I highly recommend starting the day with a tall glass of water, and keeping a liter or two with you throughout the work day, and making sure to get through them. Then have more through the evening. Try it for a week or two and see how you feel.

    Another important aspect of drinking water for me was the taste. I think I’m pretty sensitive to bad tastes in water. Bottled water tastes like plastic to me. Tap water in a bottle tastes okay at first, but by the time I start getting to the bottom it tastes worse and worse. I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend a countertop water filter. I am not in any way affiliated with this company, but I use their filters and highly recommend them: http://www.purewaterproducts.com/model-77-countertop-water-filter

    Those filters last 1-2 years of daily use (there are a variety of filter types for different uses/results), you can order replacement spare parts, and they fill up bottles fast. I have found that If i use filtered water in a stainless steel bottle, I can leave the water in the bottle for MONTHS and it still tastes pure and fresh when I drink it. I think the standard britta type filters work great too, but those don’t last as long and are more of a pain to deal with.

  • Jackie Meyer

    There are times when things like gatorade are critical, or at least beneficial, that aren’t times of intense exercise. We learned the hard way moving from sea level to Denver that water alone is not enough for acclimating, especially with an underlying heart condition. We were drinking tons of water (but not so much that pee was clear) and it wasn’t enough. After an ER trip for arrhythmia we learned that drinking a small gatorade in between liters of water provides more of what the heart needs. That one change dramatically improved our acclimation to altitude (and the super dry environment).

  • Bonnie Mechefske

    I have mega opinions about this subject but alas I’ll save you all from that, what I really wanted to do was say wooo hooooo!!! Thank you. I think that was the longest, most honest article I’ve ever read on the subject that also held my attention throughout. I just find it a little unfortunate that we need these articles and it’s not just common sense. Great job. Thanks for putting it together.

  • Kristen Mendenhall

    Nice work!

  • Andrew Williams

    I drink bottled water all the time. But it’s always the same bottle. I have one at work, one at home, and it’s much simpler to reuse the same bottle and fill it from the tap than keep washing glasses. Occasionally I buy a new bottle to keep them fresh.

  • Alex

    I love the idea of making my own sports drink! I took it up during my training for an ultra run to save money and wound up sticking to it for more practical reasons.

    If I’m running for hours I’ll mix a healthy scoop of coconut milk with juice from a whole orange and a pinch of salt in my water and keep it with me. Just enough to fill my blender bottle will usually last me at least 20 miles, more if the run isn’t particularly hot.

  • Hannah

    Steve, I heart this blog so much it hurts. Thanks for all the work you put into it!

  • Tinessael

    I mostly agree with you, but generally, drinking at least 2 liters of water every day (aka 8 glasses), or even better 3-4 ist healthy for the kidneys. I thought you sort of left that out 🙂

  • Jakkals

    I have anxiety, and one of the symptoms of anxiety is a dry mouth, so I drink a lot of water. Definitely much more than 8 glasses. I would love to find a way to reduce that. And my urine is as clear as water.

  • Random Chic

    I’ve been using an app for awhile called “Hydrate” that does some calculations for your water intake based on your weight and activity level. I find I do feel better and lose weight easier when I’m making sure I’m hydrated. If I waited until I felt truly thirsty I definitely would not be ingesting enough to see the benefits that I see when I’m using Hydrate to track water. I rarely notice when I’m thirsty until I’m suddenly all dry mouthed and like “now I will drink ALL the water!!!’ kind of thirsty. Tracking with hydrate I’m not running to the bathroom constantly and my pee is the light straw sort of color so I must be doing something right. A lot of people mix up “8 glasses” with “8 cups” which I recall there have been some studies (tho I don’t have them in front of me) that show 8 *cups* (as in measuring cups) is a decent rule of thumb, (8 glasses if you’re using 16 ounce tumblers is way too much, like twice what most people really need.) And I do not drink a lot of water before or during meals, I feel it dilutes the food I’ve eaten and I don’t digest well if I do that. YMMV. While you can definitely overdo water, most people I know barely get enough or are way dehydrated. It helps my dry skin and hereditary asthma to keep up with water intake so I will keep on keepin on. Thanks for the informative article though.

  • RTorry

    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WRITING THIS ARTICLE. Personally, I HATE the feeling of being thirsty, so I always have something to drink with me. I don’t drink soda (I don’t care for the taste), but I love coffee, tea, water, and fresh juices. However, in the past I’ve been criticized for not drinking enough water and ingesting too much caffeine (even though I mostly drink herbal tea…DUH). This article really cleared up a lot for me! Thank you so much!

  • Trent

    I drank a 32 oz Powerade and a ton of water before my most recent marathon. I peed seven times during the first 12 miles and ended up missing my goal by 55 seconds. Granted, any idiot should know not to drink that much, but…

  • Taylor

    Cheers, fixed!

  • Diego

    Great article, man.

    I’m from Brazil and I work in a water treatment plant. I can say: that’s a great article. We don’t need Fiji’s water. Haha

  • Erick

    I suddenly feel thirsty…

    I got a lot out of this. Thanks for the post! I think the most beneficial part of it for me was monitoring my level of hydration through urine. Maybe it’s weird, but I’ve wondered in the past why it might be dark… On that note though, I’ve also noticed a deeper color when taking vitamins. Regardless, it was very helpful and I’ll keep it in mind when working out. Thanks!

    Erick
    http://www.buildingerick.com

  • Nathan Irving Lannan

    Steve, quit ripping on “boring” cardio! We get it, you’d rather do boring lifting! =] Bahaha, kidding aside, great article, and particularly useful for us kids who actually enjoy running but don’t want brain swelling.

  • Danny

    Thanks for exorcising the beverage-anxiety from my life!

  • Logan Mathis

    I have read several times that when you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated so I try to stay hydrated by sipping throughout the day. Oh and I like how you brought Aquaman into the condo (the laughing stock of superheroes). Aren’t they making a new movie with him?

  • spotts

    Not even finished reading yet but had to acknowledge the Mitch reference. Awesome.

  • nicnack

    I may break down and purchase water from the Hoth glaciers. Boosts levels of the force it does..

  • Tom

    Hi! Thank you for that article.
    I’ve heard that due to a high protein consumption you need to drink a lot of water so that the kidneys can work properly. Truth or myth?

  • EDJOOKATE

    Agreed with TheyGuy. TAP WATER ISN’T SAFE. Instead of me ranting, I would rather you all educate yourselves and form your own opinions once you see the facts.

    http://www.fluoridegate.org/

    http://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/

  • Pedrolinho

    I read most of your recent articles and i liked them. But this one not. I didnt find it interesseting and worth reading (even if i read the entire thing). My point of view is sumed up in your sentence “Chill out about water, don’t overthink it.”
    And I really think that when you do any sports, drinking before getting thirsty is far more important thant your article suggests it

    I just giving my view and trying to give “good” critics.

    Keep up the good work

  • elspeth

    Personally, I drink about 2-3L of water a day, and I do consume sports drinks when I exercise (sugarfree, and I’m still trying to find a decent-tasting DIY solution). This is, however, only because I have specific medical advice to do so, due to medication and other things; I tend to faint if I don’t maintain enough trace electrolytes in my body. It’s more than annoying, especially in a hot climate. It’s also worth mentioning that the level of dietary sodium most people get is plenty – I’m just special in that for me, that’s not the case.

    I also don’t feel thirst often. The last time I was actually thirsty was … well, about 8 months ago, I think, on a long haul international flight. I drink without feeling thirsty, because I don’t appear to have that trigger. If I drink only when thirsty, I get dehydrated. So instead, I maintain habitual water consumption at a certain level.

    Still, I am *very* peculiar; most people don’t have these limitations or requirements.

  • Tim Donovan

    I drink enought that I have to pee every hour in work….too much?

  • I always try to get myself to drink about 4 cups in the morning.

    After that I only drink if I’m thirsty. I still usually get another 2-3 cups later that day out of thirst.

    The reason I started to do this was because I was peeing very dark. I think its cause my mind was focused on other things that I wasn’t listening to my natural thirst. Don’t worry guys, the color is back to normal. 😉

  • Jen

    Checking the colour of your pee is really easy if you’re a man… not so easy for women!

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  • Dane

    If they sold water from Hoth glaciers, I’d totally buy it.

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  • Darren

    Speaking of water with working out. How about a new exercise trend?

    With a WaterBuck Pump in the yard, there is no need to drive to a fitness center, work out under unnatural conditions or lug a stationary bike into the living room. Instead of jogging, biking or using exercise equipment in the morning, you can pump a few hundred gallons of water with the WaterBuck and pressurize a tank at the same time. Afterward, take a nice, rewarding shower and you’re ready for the day. No other exercise machine can you give a a full body work out and hundreds of gallons of water from a deep well in just a few minutes, http://waterbuckpump.com/2014/02/01/waterbuck-vs-exercise/

  • Thanks, essential info