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I hardly eat at all which I get yelled at by family members for this. The problem IS I drink way too much water all the time instead of eating so I'm full all the time thus why I don't eat much. This causes me not to eat much if at all; so when I do eat even though I eat healthy my body stores it as fat because my body doesn't know when it's going to get food again. This problem of drinking so so much water has caused edema to set in and I HAVE to take a water pill everyday so I don't drowned myself.

YOU BOTH NOR anyone else knows what if anything is wrong or not wrong with an overweight person that you might run into on the street, in a store, mall, restaurant, etc People like you and everyone else that stereotypes make me SICK.

So to Sharon I thank you for what you have said. God bless to all. Have you been tested for diabetes? I also have seen MANY people present with normal glucose readings when a single test is done ie. I have found it far more effective in detecting diabetes with a 12 hour fasting glucose test. With most insurance companies and clinics or private docs, this is often a struggle to get, but I urge you to have the test done or visit with a Integrative or Naturopathic provider that understands the importance of this test.

Beyond that, I also urge you to see Dr. Kim's comments and others who can help you to reverse diabetes especially Type II with proper nutrition Sunshine, i am glad you posted this comment because i feel you may be the type of person that this article was directed towards.

The entire article is about balance. It is pointing out that we shouldnt be mindlessly just drinking water, nor should we be mindlessly eating. It is about being fully aware of how much and of what you are ingesting, and how by doing so you can lead a healthy lifestyle.

You are an example of the problem with drinking too much water, hopefully this article has helped you to lead a more balanced lifestyle, because i feel as though that was the point in all of this.

Too much or too little of anything is never good, its all about balance. I just drink when I am thirsty. If I am not thirsty then I don't drink anything. I have always drank low fat milk and my body must be pulling the water from the milk because I am very healthy.

The only problem with waiting until your thirsty is if, like me, you lost your thirst from forgetting to drink water like I did in the 80's. I would play full court basketball for a few hours each day and then I would not drink out of the fountain at the gym because I knew it was not filtered water and then I would forget to drink when I got home and then I would eat dinner and have a glass of wine and go to bed.

I never realized that I was dehydrated until I had my blood checked for something else and it was obvious due to the lack of distance between my blood cells that I was seriously dehydrated! I'm sorry but, your GP either doesn't know what they're talking about or no one wants to tell you the truth because you can't handle it. This is why athletes eat very regularly. But, if you eat "not much at all" and your body as a result turns all of or enough of this to make you overweight, into fat, then where does the energy needed for your bodies basic day-to-day functions come from?

If what you're saying were true then it would be technically impossible to starve! I appreciate that drinking water may have caused other health problems for you and it saddens me to read this.

I hope your health problems have improved since Your health issues aren't necessarily her health issues. Granted, it sounds like drinking too much water is a sign of some underlying health issue and she should be willing to look into it further. However, just because YOU ate too much and ate the wrong types of food doesn't mean that she does the same thing. Not everyone's body chemistry is the same, and you can't assume that she's lying just because her experience as a bigger person is different than yours.

Most people get OBESE eating a surplus of calories, then eat a maintenance level of calories which lets them KEEP the weight they have gained, then LIE about not eating much or are incorrect in assuming their calorie intake is accurate, in the end it takes a calorie deficit to get them in awesome physical shape. Please have a look at Andreas Moritz and Dr. Also consider if you have root canals, mercury or other poison intake through so-called healthy food.

The body stores toxins in fat cells and elsewhere and Andreas Moritz explains better about edema. Wishing you all the best, Do! Thank you Sunshine for your post: I can relate to your condition you spoke of having. My food intake most of the time is very little. I have tried doing the breakfast, lunch and supper meals and it doesn't work for me.

I just don't get hungry like most people say they do. I have at times noticed that I can sip on a big cup of coffee all day and not get hungry, but I make myself eat something either at breakfast, lunch or supper time to keep from feeling weak.

I do drink water or powdered milk when I am not drinking coffee. I have to watch my sodium intake all the time. I was taking water pills years ago and having to do caths to relieve my body of all the water it stores up.

I took myself off of all of it because my body suffered the side effects of all the loop diuretics and the effects bottomed out my potassium, and infection from the caths. I have had bad results from diuretics and different kinds. And having to be hospitalized many times because my body didn't get rid of the water build up fast enough but my kidneys by all test are working great and to be given potassium in the veins because of all the diuretics.

I do not wish this on anyone Doctors have been baffled by my condition specialist and all. Walking for exercise only causes my feet and legs to swell even more. I do exercises laying on the bed.

I am overweight alot but only immobile when feet and legs are swollen. I have no high blood pressure, diabetes or thyroid problem or heart problems ect.. I was told from the mayo clinic that my body not only stores my water intake but also absorbs in water from my baths and showers I take so I have to limit the amount of time of each.

Im sure they are others out there like us but you are the first one I have seen posted. Sunshine, I am a nurse practioner working for a nephrologist and I can guarantee that nobody at the actual Mayo Clinic told you that you are absorbing water through bathing, unless you are drinking the bathwater or injecting it. The skin is an impermeable membrane and it is impossible for water to enter your tissues across the skin.

Your assertion is utterly ludicrous. Many, many things can cause your edema, such as congestive heart failure, liver or kidney failure, hypothyroidism, histamine disorders, protein deficiencies, poor diet, allergies, lack of excercise, lymphatic disease, and more. Your lack of appetite can have dozens of causes, some physiological, others psychiatric. Your body has thousands of elegant feedback mechanisms, receptors, etc, and any of them may be damaged or defective.

And many of them can be rendered useless by psychiatric disorders. I suggest you get a complete physical at a reputable clinic or hospital from a medical doctor.

Ask for referrals to specialists if your initial practioner is stumped. And do not ignore or be offended by the possibility that your problems might have a psychiatric origin. The brain can exert powerful and unpredictable influences on almost everything the body does. You will get maybe a cup or two from bathing, nothing more. I'd suggest reading books by the dozens and having a broader base of knowledge I'm talking to myself and you.

Like every person here, if you were a prisoner of war, you'd lose weight I hear people say " I barely eat and gain weight " unless you're a superhero OR have a medical condition, you're going to lose weight under the proper guidance and application. Actually Santina, that is incorrect to say that skin is impermeable. What causes "wrinkles" after a long bath?

Why do dead bodies left in water swell up? I do believe that skin is impregnable, just think about all the swimmer; - would they go into the water to take a few laps and came out with all swelled up? Your example of the wrinkled skin proves my point, if it had taken water in, it would be swelled up instead of getting wrinkled! I like facts, or opinion based or supported by facts. Why do fingers and toes wrinkle in the bathtub?

The outermost layer of the skin swells when it absorbs water. It is tightly attached to the skin underneath, so it compensates for the increased area by wrinkling. However, new research is investigating the role of digital vasoconstriction narrowing of blood vessels of water immersion wrinkling of the skin.

There are various theories of why fingers and toes wrinkle in water. Most biologists suggest that the tough outer layer of skin made up of dead keratin cells is responsible. Keratin is a protein found in hair, nails, and the outermost layer of our skin. It contains fats and connective tissue along with large blood vessels and nerves. It contains the blood vessels, nerves, hair roots, and sweat glands.

It helps to prevent evaporation of water from the body and to protect the internal layers from harm. The epidermis is made up of four layers:. This is the layer with the dead keratin cells. While a person is in the pool or a bathtub for a long time, the dead keratin cells absorb water. This absorption causes the surface area of the skin to swell, but the outer layer is tightly attached to the living tissue. So, to compensate for the increased surface area, our skin wrinkles.

So why does this happen to hands and feet and not to other parts of the body? Because the hands and feet have the thickest layer of dead keratin cells. Our hands and feet are subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Imagine if the palm of our hands had skin as thin as that on our backs. No fun playing basketball with skin that thin! Scientists continue to look for the exact mechanisms of why our fingers and toes wrinkle when immersed in water Wilder-Smith et al, Hsieh et al.

One theory gaining recognition is the role of digital vasoconstriction narrowing of blood vessels. Studies on patients with loss of nerve function in their hands due to a disorder or replantation of amputated fingers exhibit no or slight wrinkling in the fingers when immersed in water Hsieh et al. As the nerve functions return, so did the wrinkling.

This is supposed to be a helpful forum, not full of insults. Everyone experiences things differently, why not be open to others opins on what works for them.

Hello, its and I'm wondering if you've been diagnosed with diabetes? Or another medical condition that makes you retain water since you barely eat. Food my not have anything to do with it.

I have chronic fatigue. I had shoulder surgery and leading up to and after i gained a lot of weight. Not because i was eating stuff bad for me. When my health report comes back tat everything is ok, everyone seems surprised!!!! I suggest that everyone quit judging and try helping others!!!! Novak I was told the same thing about my weight gain. I was in pain and I was not sleeping and they told me That not sleeping was the main cause.

So every person is person is different. Thank you for sharing, and also to those who retain a lot of water, I have this problem too. Mine started after a injury to my neck and back. I had a lot of water around the injury that was close to my spinal cord. I retained in my arms, chest, back and shoulders. We are all different so plz don't judge we are all different. Than no you all for your opinions. I would add that when I don't drink a lot of water, I enjoy eating the last half of my plate, whereas when I am drinking plenty of water, I feel like the last half of my restaurant portion would just feel "in the way".

I don't think this is direct, via the water providing extra volume, so much as indirect, through physiological changes that occur that also allow me to handle longer exercise periods. Some speak about "obese people" like a "hoard of cows" with the same problems. I think every obese person is different from the other.

Although being overweight is a problem obese persons have in common, their needs and behavior with food is different. Slender people believe we all overeat when actually some O. If being normal allows you to have cal a day, an obese can be on a cal a day diet and gain weight if that person eats cal one day.

As far as water is concerned, I just dont know what to do anymore! I, therefore, will cary on drinking my liter a day of pure water.

It may be that you are not getting enough sleep, vegetables, fruit, beans, lean meat, etc. Find the ones you like, then force yourself to like a few more if you only like vegetables. Open yourself to heavy food, otherwise you're sunk. Cut out everything that is crap, literally crap: Make sure you are exercising. You need muscle mass by either weightlifting, or lifting objects around your house as you clean. This is coming from someone who has yo-yo-ed 3 times, and its because I was greedy, and did not fully know that the food industry does not care if I am healthy at all.

All they want is profits. I've gained weight since starting to drink more water. I almost always drink water first before thinking to eat, but I am still overweight. I know when I am thirsty and I don't eat instead of drinking. When I didn't drink as much water as I do now, I did not substitute food to wet my mouth. I ate when I was hungry or bored. I drank water when my mouth was dry. Also, I rarely ever drink anything other than water so you can't blame my weight gain on drinking sugary fluid.

You should only drink water 30 mins or more before and after meal. Because water can actualy dilute your digestive enzyme. Let your saliva and all those insides you do the digesting stuffs. Because your drinking and eating time-gap is so closed, that's why you dont digest properly.

The result is you gain weight or having other digestive problems. I am the first to admit my own problem with eating too much. So many times I have read, read, and read some more to learn how to improve my diet. And I am well versed on preaching about the rights and wrongs on eating healthy. But all the knowledge in the world won't get you there.

It might make you keep trying. But the problem is that most yummy food is addictive. And if you try just one food, you end up coughing down a lot more and becoming addicted. I have lost weight and gained it so many times. I have been on a bodybuilding kick where i gained alot of muscle and became thin. But I eventually went back. But one thing that never changes is that I love to drink water. There are times when I need to stand in front of the fridge and drink three or four glasses of it.

But most times I drink a small glass every hour or two. And it matters where it comes from as well. That should be a focus in this topic. Not all water is equal and some of it is even dangerous anyway.

Studies have found arsenic, feces, and other garbage in bottled water labeled "Spring". Everybody's body is different. Obviously 8 glasses of water wouldn't have the same effect on a pound adult compared to a pound adult and so on So needless to say, some people don't need as much as others and vice versa.

So if you weight pounds, you should be drinking ounces of water.. It makes more sense that way than assuming every body is the same and requires the same amount of water daily. I use to drink 6 to 8 litre water a day. My doctor asked me to consume 2. I have tried many times to reduce water quantity but failed: Has your doctor checked you for diabetes??

My brother in law was dealing with excessive thirst and ended up being diagnosed with late onset Type 1 diabetes. JeanneMarie is right, for many safety reasons you should go to a doctor to check for diabetes.

On the other hand, I also drink a large amount of water daily but I have a normal body weight not sure if that really effects it with no medical problems. Despite naturally drinking a large amount of water, it does not mean anything is wrong with you, just you like to drink a lot of water. I drink over 5 -- 16 oz bottled waters per day.

In the last 2 yrs i have lost over 60 lbs. When i get overhungry i just reach into the refridgerator for a flavored bottle water. I feel healthier and know water is most of what a human body is composed of. First off, I would like to state that this was a great article, not many people know that excessive water consumption can be fatal.

With that said, I will offer my own experience with water in terms of weight loss: I spent several years dieting and exercising and doing my best to avoid high calorie foods yet supply my body with the recommended daily vitamins, minerals, and calories.

I did very well and lost over lbs just by drinking a few glasses of water a day and eating whole foods and exercising but then I hit a plateau became very discouraged and soon returned to my processed foods and diet soda after going back to college for a second time at age My schedule and finances are a complete mess as anyone who has tried to pay their own way through college can tell you. With my current schedule, it's hard to find time to use the bathroom let alone take proper care of myself and so I really let my physical health go.

I hit bottom this Summer, I was drinking in upwards of 2 liters of diet soda a day, 3 cups of coffee, and eating frozen or boxed processed foods. Throughout that process I had managed to gain back over 50 lbs and if that weren't enough, I started smoking again, about a pack every days.

I can look back over that now and see that I was reaching for things which would provide quick energy fixes that were cheap, satisfying and accessible.

I felt miserable, just getting from A to B felt like a struggle, I felt swollen and bloated and extremely constipated and like I was winded and couldn't breathe. I suffered from depression, didn't want to be seen, and my clothes did not fit. Then, I came upon a water diet news story and thought, well it doesn't cost me anything to try this, why not? So I began drinking about a gallon of water a day and completely did away with my diet soda habit but noticed something very strange.

I only wanted 1 cup of coffee in the morning often times just half a cup , I started craving healthy whole foods, not greasy and salty stuff, and cigarettes tasted and smelled absolutely disgusting to me.

My intention was to simply increase my water intake to what sounded like an excessive amount but in the process I've quit smoking after only wanting a day, and I have to force myself to eat 1, calories a day, I genuinely no longer feel the need to emotionally eat when stressed and feel like my memory and cognitive functioning have improved fold.

My joints feel well lubricated and no longer inflamed, the psoriasis on my hands has nearly cleared, and my skin looks like it did 10 years ago. In addition, I've lost 32 lbs. Normally, I would never dream of losing this much weight this quickly but I feel 1, times better.

My digestive problems have cleared, no more frequent heartburn, gas, or painful bowel movements, no more dizzy spells, and I sleep very soundly, no more tossing and turning all night. No more bouts of depression and my clothes fit again. So I would have to definitely weigh in in favor of drinking a gallon of water a day for a male who is 6'3" tall. It has completely turned my life around and hasn't cost me more than a 1 gallon jug of water that I refill each morning.

I should add that I sweat a lot, always have even since a child so there could be something to that. My brothers and everyone in my family seem to sweat a great deal as well. I don't believe that we release the same amounts of fluid within a given day, this should be accounted for when you're trying to figure out what is best for your own personal health.

We each are really very, very different in these respects. As a human race we have managed to thrive in just about any climate across the globe and have adapted very unique ways of coping with those challenges over hundreds of generations, our unique sets of adaptations which we have inherited will further dictate which dietary options are best for each of us.

I know that I do not do well with processed, refined, salty or sugary foods and that drinking what most would consider a very large amount of water works best for me. People of different decent might understandably not benefit from this same diet according to the dictates of their environment from which they came. The responses to the article have certainly gone in some interesting directions and I have read them all. I urge each of you to consider how different environments on planet Earth actually are how different we all are before you consider swearing by any one way of being healthy versus another.

We are right to gather information and experiment with what works best for each of us but we are wrong if we insist that our experiences or the experiences of another can account for an entire group of people. I do not think Kitty's post attempted to do this and I thank her for sharing her experience as well as everyone else who contributed to this thread.

The doctor was dealing specifically with the ingestion of too much water not too little. Thus, that is the slant of the article. Many people would see themselves in that group and know what he was speaking of.

Kitty, who is,personally, more concerned about the opposite condition just threw herself and her world into it. Keeping a bottle of water at hand for someone who is not at risk of consuming amounts that exceed the normal range constitutes no concern. Put that bottle into the hands of a person who is continually throwing their electrolytes off,causing their cells to carry burdens that they should not and having other systems deal with removing it do not need to be encouraged.

The advice is not bad - it is just under the wrong topic. That is why people should see experts. Too many people think that their experience or condition represents everyone else. I came on this site to gain knowledge about how much water is to much to drank, instead I came across post of folks bad mouthing one another. I've been in a lot of pain sense my surgery which was over 4 months ago, I have lost 40 pounds rapidly and I'm still loosing weight. All I drink is water, seems like the only thing that I can hold down these days.

So I was really looking foward to reading something very useful about drinking water, I barely eat: I couldnt tell anyone the last time that I really eat a full meal because my meals consist on taking three to four bites of something all day and being done with it. I'm still loosing weight and not in a healthy way at all. I'm waiting for loads of test results to come back to figure out what else is wrong with me. Nobody should judge nobody, we are all put here to help one another in some kind of way.

Lifes to short to judge any one or to be hateful towards them. We are all equal and we all have our own opinions about the way that we see things regardles to if someone agrees or disagrees with us. I have to agree with Kitty in the previous comment. I have been attending Weight Watchers for several months and I've lost 16 lbs. One thing they've talked about is how sometimes overweight folks "confuse" the urge to eat, with an urge for water. The body is sending a signal and often by the time bubbles to the front of thought, we think of it as "Oh, I need food" and we often eat, when in fact we need hydration.

Using the color of your urine as a guide is a good idea too. Almost clear, is well hydrated. More physical activity requires more water.

A toast to healthy drinking! Drinking more than 8 glasses of water a day simply makes me hungrier. I don't believe for one minute that it reduces appetite. Perhaps these people drinking lots of water, as part of a diet program are losing weight because of their diet - not because they are consuming lots of water. If you are thirsy - you are already dehydrated. I do believe that every person's body is different, thus requiring different amounts of water.

And as such - what works for one person may not work for you and vice-versa. Of course we are all diferent in our needs. But, as I understand it, after certain age, our bodies are less able to indicate our need for water.

So, to be on the safe, we need to keep track of how much water we consume. A good indication may be the color of the urine, if yellowissh probably we need more water daily. Thank you for your help. Drinking more water makes me hungrier. And no, I am not mistaking hunger for my thirst. I drink more than enough water thoughout the day to know I am hydrated well. Maybe you just eat foods that don't make you feel full for long.. I learnt that from the biggest loser tv show.. Hi Petra, If you did a metabolic typing test you would probably find that you are a protein type like myself.

Protein Types are usually hungry all the time unless they have some form of protein at every meal, try eating 5 or 6 times a day with a portion of protein at every meal and see if your hunger continues. I actually found a book online that helps with Nutrition for the different metabolic types.

Maybe you should purchase it as well and see if it works for you. Please add that over-consumption of water needlessly dilutes the bodies' vitamins and minerals, esp. Vit C and all non-oil based vitamins and minerals. If drinking too much water does dilute and flush out the body's minerals and vitamins, might as well take in more minerals and vitamins anyway to balance it all out. Just a thought, obey your thirst, God made it for a reason.

I read this article with great interest. I'm obese and I don't reach for foods instead of water when I'm hungry. I'm also an osteopenic hypothyroid celiac with fibromyalgia. I have been gluten-free for 2 years and despite eating well, I'm not losing weight.

For being lbs at my heaviest, I rarely eat over 2, calories, mostly between 1, and 1, At one time for over 6 months I exercised daily and was sore daily I did lose 14 lbs.

My heart palpitated before CD dx, was worse after exercise. I've incorporated eating more raw food, but also eat warm soups. Before that, the doc lowered my Synthroid dose to see if it'd help my palpitations. I'd lowered my dose before because I was absorbing better with gf diet. This was my third time lowering my dose and it was not the charm. This, at a time when I experienced no power or water for a week during a winter storm. This, at a time when I'd just sent my husband to work out of state.

While alone I craved yogurt and only drank coffee for fake energy. I did not have thirst and loved not going pee all the time, esp in the middle of the night as usual. This was December Remember the raw food I was eating? Well, I've always had a penchant for salty foods probably because I was malabsorbing because of undiagnosed celiac. When changing to a more raw food diet, by proxy, didn't eat much sodium. I found myself binging on potato chips and Lipton's onion dip - very salty!

Well, I've since been diagnosed with secondary hyperparathyroidism You can't get back kidney health! Take care of them and you take care of your heart too! I am back to drinking glasses of water a day, and I monitor my sodium intake via a free online diet site, Sparkpeople. With enough but not too much water, I have been losing weight. Thanks for the article Dr. I have been drinking 10 plus 8 ounce glasses of water per day. It seems that my inflamation is worse.

It has also been suggested that I be checked for celiac disease. Any advise would be appreciated. This great article debunks the myth that you need to drink x amount of glasses per day to be healthy, from whom and where did this fallacy start?

Nature will tell you when you need water by a little mechanism called Thank you Doctor Ben for a great site that is a wonderful resource of health fact for many.

The average '8 glasses a day' idea was originally developed by an advertising agency to sell a product. As others have already stated by the time you are thirsty your body is already starting to dehydrate. You need to drink regularly to maintain hydration and remove the toxins from your system. This article really focuses on excessive drinking above the bodies ability to process but the majority of people do not drink enough water - and certainly not enough to warrant the above side effects.

Hi, I somewhat agree with the comment above I believe that adults need way more than 8 glasses of water a day - for the reasons mentioned above. Water is the healthiest drink on the planet! I am an extremely healthy person who barely EVER gets sick I practically never get headaches, colds, or flus or anything worse. I am overweight 6'2" and lbs and recently started drinking at least 5 litres of water per day.

Yes I need to pee regularly, but when at work I pick a bathroom that is not on the same level as my office so I have to climb a couple of flights of stairs several times a day.

I am eating less and feel great. Less joint and body pain. My mind seem sharper and I feel less fatigued as I am sleeping well. I am not keeping track of weight loss yet. I'm also a recovering alcoholic, 9 months sober so far. If I feel this good just through drinking water then I'm going to keep at it. The 8 ounce 8 glasses of water a day is an urban myth.

I agree with your comment. The human body is as advanced as a computer. Computers need electricity to live, just as humans need water to live. Water is like the thing that keeps ALL plants and animals alive. I drink around 3. Your comment is correct, humans do need about 4 litres of water to keep our computer like bodies from running at maximum capacity. I was always told 8 glasses of water a day is best..

Then I went to nursing school and my nutrition professor told us there is no such guideline. Some genius somewhere began saying it and some other genius repeated it. There is no proof that 8 glasses a water does anyone any good There are several studies that show that the more water you drink, the lower your risk of cancer and high blood pressure which is highly correlated with many other diseases.

After reading the article some lights went off. In summary our society has overated the use of water in our diets to being fanatic rather than sensible.

I had such a hard time dieting when I was trying to drink 8 glasses of water a day. I actually felt more tired and hungry, with all that water sloshing around in my system. Not to mention the fact that I was having to pee every 5 minutes. Yeah, that's the same thing I have been experiencing. I have been drinking water like taking "medicine", drinking 8 cups evenly spaced out over my day, because I have been told to believe its doing my body good.

I have to pee just about once every hour or sometimes more often it seems. Its really unacceptable how often I have to excuse myself to go pee. Or worse, hold it and be uncomfortable. I feel hungrier than normal. I used to feel adequately hungry by lunch or dinner time. But now I feel like I am starving to death. The reasoning being that I would still get the requisite amount of water, but maybe with the healthy snacks I still drink water.

Just not 8 cups. How long were you drinking the water for? If you start dramatically upping your water intake at first it will seem like you are lacking energy and feeling groggy maybe even sick. Water helps remove toxins from the body, and an abrupt change could result in larger quantities of toxins being released. This could account for the adverse feelings. However if you have been keeping the water levels the same for over 6 days and still are having issues than it's not a toxin issue per say because it only takes a few days to get use to the new regiment.

Regardless, if you feel like you should add more water to your diet start slow and build up to it. Also it never hurts to increase fruit and vegetable intake regardless of hydration issues.

Fruits and vegetables are full of micro-nutrients and are easily handled by the body, the added benefit of increased hydration is just bonus on top of all the vitamins and minerals as well as fiber to be had. Being healthy period is about maintaining moderation and lifestyle changes.

Our bodies need all the macro and micro nutrients available in order to work properly. It's absolutely amazing the torture we can put our bodies through. The more articles i read about health and nutrition and wellness the more i have realized that you can find an expert to back up any claim that is made regarding anything.

This is healthy if you ask this guy, but it is not if you ask this guy and it is healthy only if xxxx if you ask that guy, the list goes on forever. If you never drink water and drink plenty of soda or tea or coffee just simply switching out 1 beverage a day for water would do more good than you might realize. While excessive water is not good, too little water can be much worse. I would be willing to bet the amount of people who die from dehydration is much greater that those who die from over hydration.

Conversely if all you drink is water, try adding 1 other beverage in a day like milk or juice or tea. Anyways rant over, I hope everyone finds the right amount of everything in order to lead a happy full life. I would site my medical credentials as well as the sources for my claims but i would rather take the stance of some internet preaching yayhoo. You're not eating enough, and carbs in particular. You need to eat more frequently to keep your metabolism up.

You can't up one portion of your diet without fixing the rest of your menu. Most people think they need 3 meals a day. You need 5 smaller meals a day, with small snacks in between. You also need certain foods at different times of the day. Oats are best in the morning. Pasta and other healthy carbs are good in the afternoon, and before exercise. Don't eat a lot an hour or 2 before sleeping. I've found that by reaching for water instead of for food, like mentioned above, has been a great way to eliminate my munchies.

I'm hoping that I'll start losing weight soon. I've only been doing it for a couple of days, but I started exercising as well, so I'm very much looking forward to being skinnier. I don't prespire unless it is hot and then very little. So glad to read what you have to say.

This article was good! In response to some comments, proper nutrition is so unclear to the public becuase it has become a business, disregarding acutal health care.

Extremes and dieting are not the way to go. Lifestyle change and moderation are more reasonable. Water takes up space in your stomach just like food. There should be a good balance glasses per meal. Whole not processed fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients and typically low in energy molecules proteins, fats and carbs.

Proteins, fats and carbs are the molecules you store. Most of what you drink will be filtered out. Over time, if you continue this, your body will begin to retain the water in your blood stream. This is not the same thing as water retention. You retain water with higher salt intake, not water. For a better understanding look up info on the "renin-angiotensin system" - For the woman with thyroid issues, you can get relief with thyroid hormones.

That is probably the only thing along with diet and excercise that will help your symptoms. There are many people who are overweight and are that way because they dont take care of themselves. You cannot help your condition. Stay hopeful and positive!! Interesting article and comments. I do know that for myself, I suffered from chronic constipation for most of my adult life, mainly due to bad eating habits that I obtained from many many years ago.

My doctor insisted that I take over-the-counter meds for it Metamucil, etc. Considering my adult height 4'11" and weight approx. I wondered how that rule of thumb could apply for everyone, since sizes, shapes and general body makeup differs so greatly from person to person.

Finally discovered on my own that drinking a moderate amount of water in a day and changing my diet worked wonders. Eating quinoa mixed with ground flax, eating healthier fresh vegetables, having a cup of coffee a day, having apples, dried prunes, etc. As for water, I do drink it regularly now, but only in moderation around 4 cups throughout the day, warmed, not cold. I also include soy drinks in moderation and fruit juice, usually freshly made at home.

Interesting thing to note: I once had a pet rabbit who became totally disabled. And for some reason that I never did discover, at the time that he became disabled, he seemed to not be able to drink water any more. He still ate his meals heartily, but refused to drink.

So I began feeding his water to him in a dropper He survived quite well without having to drink After observing my rabbit for over a year, that's when I began to wonder if what the doctors were saying about "8 to 10 glasses a day" of water intake for humans was accurate.

While I admit I don't know a great deal about nutrition and the body, I do suspect that we don't need nearly as much water as we've been told in the past. If one has a healthy diet of vitamin- and water-rich foods, and learns to listen to what their bodies tell them I too was one who would reach for foods when I was actually thirsty , then you'll probably find a good balance. Everything in moderation seems to be key.

I have had remarkable health improvements by drinking less water. I've been cured of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, headaces, and chronically being fatigued. I became a health nut about 15 years ago. Totally ate up whatever advice natural practitioners could offer. One of those was to drink more water I found it odd that the need to pee went away about three days after drinking more water.

Then the urine would turn yellow again. At this point, I was drinking 1. There was a time I was donating plasma So, I increase intake to 2. After several years of doing this, I started experiencing fatigue, headaches, and started bleeding in the bowel. Last year, my body shut down and I almost died. Eventhough I had drank eight glasses of water during the day, the hospital found I was severely dehydrated.

My pulse was so weak that the alarm on the heart rate monitor kept sounding. After recovering, the "specialist" diagnosed me with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He told me that staying hydrated was KEY to not having a relapse. I told him about my two gallons a day, and he said that was good But, about four months ago, a co-worker who is taller and much stronger than I, challenged me that I was drinking too much water.

He pointed out that he only drinks 32 ounces during the course of the work day. At was totally skeptical. So I started drinking less.

Within three days, the headaches, fatigue, and the majority of IBD symptoms were gone. Within a month, I was totally free of IBD! I wonder how many other people suffer from IBD as a result of drinking too much water.

With IBD, there is an unusual amount of hydrogen peroxide in the gut, which creates gas. I used to have gas. Also, with IBD, there is a vitamin A deficiency in the lining of the bowel. Interesting, because vitamin A is water soluble! Researchers openly admit they don't know "why the immune system attacks the body" I now maintain it is from drinking too much water.

I've experimented with this for several months, and I only get thirsty if I've drank too much. Second, on that same note I also get headaches if I start drinking too much. For me, maybe not for you, I know I'm drinking too much if I am going pee more than once every two hours and have a headache. Often, if I have a headache, I don't drink water for the next two hours, and the headache goes away.

Third, is the sign of gas. The main function of the large intestine is to pull water out of the stool. The colon has an amazing ability to absorb gas also! I simply drink less water. By less, please understand that all of my experimenting has led me to about a gallon a day. Said another way, to drink enough water to have clear urine always puts me in that state.

I have actually found that a mild yellow keeps me out of these things. Think about it folk: Now, as to drinking too little. If the urine is solid yellow, I haven't peed in 3 hours, and my head hurts, then I'm dehydrated! Also, I work at a walking job When dehydrated, the calf muscles start to knot and get quite tight. When hydrated, they are limber.

Anyway, I've said enough. Just wanted to pass on the message: I have practically the same symptoms that you had. Maybe i have that Inflammatory Bowel Disease that you spoke about. I must be drinking too much water cause i go to the bathroom like every hour too and lots in the night.

I'm gonna give it a try, i guess a gallon is enough. I suffer from headaches everyday and I have IBS.. I have tried everything!!! I drink over ounces of water a day and I try to eat right - fruits and veggies! Constanly going to pee every 30 minutes - always clear! I am going to drink less water and see if that helps!

Thanks you for posting this: I have always heard that most headaches come from the liver not eliminating toxins. You must address the IBS. IBS is a catch-all term to describe intestinal disorders characterized by gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea and constipation alternating. Most drugs prescribed for these chronic conditions are addressing the symptoms and don't claim to cure them.

Alternative medicine and herbalism give us a different, more effective way to look at these conditions. Pay attention to foods that trigger allergic reactions. Remove toxins - take fiber. Use stress reducing herbs B's Enzymes break down foods. Marshmallow and Pepsin are good enzymes. Kim has some very good enzyme formulas. Today, this resin is steam-distilled to produce an aromatic essential oil with many benefits. Frankincense oil has a woody, earthy, spicy and slightly fruity aroma, which is calming and relaxing.

It's said to be sweeter, fresher and cleaner than frankincense resin. Frankincense oil has long been revered in the Middle East, where it's been used in religious ceremonies as an anointing oil for thousands of years. It is also a popular ingredient in cosmetics, and has even been found in the remains of Anglo-Saxons and ancient Egyptians. I believe that frankincense oil is one of the top essential oils you can use for your health.

It's known for its comforting properties, and is useful for visualizing, improving one's spiritual connection and helping overcome stress and despair. Frankincense oil may also help in healthy cell regeneration and keep existing cells and tissues healthy. It's useful for skin health, and can help treat dry skin, reverse signs of aging and reduce the appearance of stretch marks and scars. The main components of frankincense oil are ketonic alcohol olibanol , resinous matters 30 to 60 percent and terpenes such as a-and p-pinene, camphene, dipentene and phellandrene.

The monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes are the most valuable elements of frankincense oil. According to the book, "Reference Guide for Essential Oils," by Connie and Alan Higley, monoterpenes help prevent and discharge toxins from your liver and kidneys, and have antiseptic, antibacterial, stimulating, analgesic weak and expectorant properties.

Meanwhile, sesquiterpenes can go beyond the blood-brain barrier and help simulate the limbic system of your brain, as well as your hypothalamus, and pineal and pituitary glands. The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic and expectorant properties.

It also has cicatrisant, carminative, cytophylactic, emenagogue, uterine and vulnerary effects. Frankincense oil is considered a tonic, as it benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the digestive, respiratory, nervous and excretory systems.

It also aids the absorption of nutrients and strengthens your immune system. In addition, Indian frankincense or boswellin, also a member of the Boswellia genus, has been found to significantly reduce inflammation in animal studies. It is actually one of my personal favorites, as I have seen it work well as a natural painkiller for many of my former rheumatoid arthritis RA patients. It also regulates the menstrual cycle of premenopausal women. Frankincense is also being studied for its potential to treat cancer.

Scientists have observed that there's an agent in this oil that may help stop cancer from spreading. Frankincense oil is made by steam-distilling the raw resin. When buying frankincense oil, make sure that you only choose percent pure essential oil of the highest quality. Also, do not confuse frankincense essential oil with fragrance oil. Essential oils come from plants, while fragrance oils are usually artificially created and often contain synthetic chemicals.

Although they smell good and are typically less expensive, fragrance oils do not give you the therapeutic benefits of organic essential oils. The effects and benefits of frankincense oil can be acquired by applying it topically, inhaling it using a diffuser or vaporizer or ingesting it in very small amounts. Meanwhile, using a diffuser or inhaler works for treating colds and clearing up respiratory blockages. You can also sprinkle a few drops on a clean cloth and inhale the scent or add it to your bathwater for a rejuvenating soak.

Frankincense oil can be directly applied to the skin or blended with other carrier oils such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Yes, frankincense is generally safe. However, I advise doing a spot test first, to check if you have any sensitivity to this oil.

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