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Unread 10-17-2000, 08:43 PM
Why drink water

Why is it so important to drink lots of water? Everyone here is telling me this but my DR did not. What do you ladies know that I wasnt told. Is water some form a miracle drug. If so I better swelly belly up to the facuet.

Just was wonder.

Oh just finish plan our Florida vacation for thanksgiving I hope I will be up to it..

On another note. Will I be able to fly in 5 more weeks?

thanks girls for all your help
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Unread 10-17-2000, 09:08 PM
Why drink water

Drinking water is important for many reasons. Liquids help to get your bladder working and water helps to clear out impurities in the blood and your bladder,which in turn helps prevent infection.Also it is real easy in the first few weeks when we are taking our pain meds to forget to drink enough to keep from getting dehydrated. Another reason is our bodies need the water to help make the blood that we lost during surgery. Also the nurse in the hospital told me that with some of the pain meds like motrin you need to either drink a lot of water with it or eat when you take it. Maybe it is a miracle drug it does help in many ways. Hope this helped to answer your question. Take care in your recovery. Good luck!
Unread 10-18-2000, 06:03 AM
Why drink water

Shell, when I first 'got sick'....that reminds-me-of-labor-backache that turned into pains like someone was twisting my insides like a wet towel, the Dr thought I had a bladder infection or a kidney stone. They said ALWAYS drink lots as a general rule cause it keeps the bladder healthy & working properly. When it turned out my pains weren't either of those, they thought maybe my bladder was spasming. They told me that if a person doesn't drink much (that was me) and/or if a person doesn't pee when she needs to & holds it until later (that was me too) it could cause your bladder to spasm. Well, I decided right then & there that I would turn into a drinker. If that pain was anything like what a bladder infection or a spasming bladder would cause I want nothing to do with it. So now I carry around one of those tall cups with a lid & a straw on it like you get at an amusement park filled with water & I'm happy with myself if I finish it in a day. And REAL happy if I need to fill it more than once.

I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I never ever want to feel that pain again.

Drink up!
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Unread 10-18-2000, 08:15 AM
Why drink water

Hello sheddy-re and sisters,

I found this article on water a while back and I have kept it as a reminder..It is long , but worth the read.

"The Most Powerful Healing Substance Known To Man"
The human body is primarily composed of water. Water is not
only beneficial but also vital to life -- only oxygen is more
important to human survival. Water plays an enormous role in
how well our body functions. Simply put, the more fresh water
we drink, the healthier we become. Knowing all this, it never
ceases to amaze me when I hear people saying they "forget" to
drink water. Would these people need a reminder to breathe?
Water increases not only the quality but also the length of
our lives! Don't believe me? Let's take a closer look.
Water Helps ...
... To Relieve/Prevent: lower back pain, Chronic Fatigue
Syndrome, headaches, migraines, asthma, allergies, colitis,
rheumatoid arthritis, depression, hypertension, cholesterol,
hangovers, neck pain, muscle pain, joint pain, bloating,
constipation, ulcers, low energy levels, stomach pain,
confusion and disorientation;
... To Maintain: muscle tone, weight loss, clear and healthy
.. To Regulate: body temperature, remove toxins and wastes,
cushion and lubricate joints, decrease risk of kidney stones,
protect tissues, organs and the spinal cord from shock and
.. To Assist In: the digestion & absorption of food, and in
transportingcoxygen and nutrients to the cells.
There's no substitute for water!
Beverages that simply contain water aren't good enough.
Juice, soda, tea, coffee etc. counter the positive effects
of water; some, in fact, may also be unhealthy. For example,
drinks containing caffeine stimulate your adrenal gland
and dehydrate and rob your body of important vitamins
and minerals. Beverages containing lots of sugars stimulate
the pancreas, boosting your insulin levels and taking your
body out of its natural fat burning state.
Sodas are a quadruple whammy. Colas, in particular, contain
caffeine, sugar, sodium and acid that could eat through a dime.
Have you ever tried the household remedy to a calcium and
lime rusted toilet? Just let a bottle of soda sit in the toilet for a bit
and presto -- a sparkling toilet! I'm not saying that you
should completely eliminate these drinks from your diet.
However, you may want to replace them with water whenever
possible and at least keep them at a low to moderate level.
Water and Weight Loss
Drinking water may be the most important piece to the weight
loss puzzle. Water contains no calories, fat, or cholesterol and is
low in sodium. It is nature's appetite suppressant, and it helps the
body to metabolize fat. Current research shows that low water intakes
yield an increase in fat deposits. Conversely, a high water
intake reduces the amount fat deposits.
Without enough water, the kidneys cannot function properly.
As a result, some of their workload is pushed off onto
the liver, in turn preventing the liver from operating at
peak levels. How does all this tie into weight loss?
Because metabolizing fat is a primary function of the liver,
and because the liver can't function at peak levels when
taking on the added workload from the kidneys, less body
fat is metabolized and more is stored. This leads to either
weight gain or reaching a plateau of weight loss.
When dieting, we restrict the calories we take in, to some
degree. By doing so, we lessen the total amount of water
available to our bodies since about 30% of the average
person's water intake comes from the food they eat. This
gives us even more reason to raise our water intake.
Water and Water Retention
The best way to beat bloating is to give your body what
it needs. Lots and lots of water! I'm always amazed to
hear people say that they would rather not drink a lot of
water because it "bloats" them or it makes them "retain water."
In fact, the opposite is true. These people are retaining water
because they're not drinking enough water!

Now, back to the scientific facts. The human body functions
in a "Primal Survival Mode" and it responds accordingly to
anything it perceives as a possible threat to its survival.
If you deprive your body of ample amounts of water, you are
threatening its survival. In response, your body kicks into
its "Primal Survival Mode" and holds onto every drop of water
it possibly can for future needs and purposes. This water
is often stored in extra-cellular spaces and appears as
bloated hands, legs and feet.
If you're currently using or thinking of using diuretics to
decrease water retention, think again. With diuretics,
the damage is two-fold. Not only is the "Primal Survival
Mode" activated, where your body hoards as much water as
it can, but you are also draining your body of valuable
vitamins and minerals!
If you have long-term water retention issues, you may
be ingesting too much sodium (salt). Our bodies can only
tolerate so much sodium. Thus, the more sodium you take
in, the more water your body will retain to dilute the
sodium concentrations. By simply cutting down on your
sodium intake and drinking plenty of water, you'll notice
considerably less bloating. The water will carry the
excess sodium along for the ride as it flows through
the kidneys.
Water and Metabolism
Water, also known as the body's solvent, regulates all
bodily functions including the activities of circulating
and dissolving. Every enzymatic and chemical reaction of
the body occurs in the presence of water. Water also
transports hormones, nutrients, oxygen and antibodies
through the blood stream and lymphatic system. In addition,
our bodies' proteins and enzymes are more efficient in
solutions of lower viscosity (i.e., diluted), thus making
drinking water a must.
Water and Digestion
Digestion of solid foods has to happen in the presence of large
amounts of water so that proper digestion occurs.
Water and muscle tone
Desired muscle tone can be maintained through adequate
water intake. Water not only helps the muscle achieve a
better contraction, but it also prevents the sagging of
skin that sometimes follows weight loss. Finally, water
maintains clear, young and healthy skin.
Water and Waste
During weight loss, the body has much more waste to expel in the
form of metabolized fat. Since water helps digestion and rids
the body of waste, it only makes sense that more water is better.
Water and Constipation
When the body doesn't get enough water, it takes what it needs
from internal sources. The colon is a primary internal source.
When this happens, constipation usually follows. Normal function
commonly returns along with proper hydration.
Water and Body Temperature
Water helps us maintain our body temperature through
perspiration. Perspiration dissipates excess heat
and cools our bodies. Without water, this delicate
balancing act of the body is disrupted.
Water and Asthma
Histamine is a major factor in regulating the way we use and
distribute water. It also helps control the body's defense
mechanism. Asthmatics' histamine levels increase with
dehydration, mobilizing their body's defense mechanism
to close down their airways. Knowing this, we can draw
the conclusion that asthma could be relieved through
increased water intake.
Water and the Kidneys
Our kidneys remove wastes like uric acid, urea, and
lactic acid to name a few -- all of which are dissolved
in water. When there aren't adequate amounts of water,
these wastes aren't removed effectively and kidney
damage may result.
Water and Joints
Cartilage tissues between the vertebrae of the spine
and at the end of long bones retain a lot of water.
Cartilage needs water for the purpose of lubricating
the body's joints during movement. When the cartilage
is well hydrated, the two opposing surfaces glide freely
and minimize damage to the joint caused by friction.
Conversely, dehydrated cartilage increases friction
forces to the joints, resulting in joint deterioration and pain.
Water and Back Pain
Minimizing back pain can be as simple as hydrating
your body! The water stored in your spinal disc core
supports approximately 75% of the upper body's weight.
Your spine is dependent upon the hydraulic properties
of water.
Water and Muscles
Muscles are primarily composed of water. Therefore,
it's only logical to drink lots of water if you want
to have more muscle mass. Furthermore, water removes
wastes from and transports nutrients to the muscle cells,
decreasing recovery time. Water also ensures that a proper
muscle contraction can be achieved so that the working muscle
is properly exhausted. Finally, bodybuilders tend to ingest
a lot of calories, supplements and proteins, really taxing
their kidneys in the process. Water takes some of the strain
off the kidneys.
Water and the Brain
85% of brain tissue is water. The brain is about 1/50th of the
body's total weight and it uses about 1/20th of the body's blood
supply. Dehydration causes energy generation in the brain to
decrease. In fact, studies have linked depression and chronic
fatigue syndrome with dehydration.
Water and Migraines/Headaches
Dehydration is a major factor in causing headaches and
migraines. In times of "heat stress" migraines are often signs
of dehydration. To further complicate the matter, dehydration
brings on stress and stress brings on dehydration.
Water and Pregnancy
Morning sickness is common in the first trimester of pregnancy.
One reason for morning sickness is dehydration. It's a signal
being sent by the fetus and the mother's body to the mother.
What's the message? We need more water! When the mother
isn't drinking enough water, she's dehydrating the baby and
herself. This a result of the mother being the provider of water
to the fetus during the intrauterine stage of cell expansion.
Don't obey your thirst!
The bodies "Thirst Reflex" is the last signal of excessive
dehydration. By the time you become thirsty, the damage has
already been done. Don't wait until you're thirsty! Constantly
drink throughout the day!
How much water should I drink?
The non-active individual needs 1 oz. per pound of
bodyweight, per day. For the average American who
weighs 160 lbs. that comes to ten 8oz. glasses per day.
This is just an average; you'll need to adjust these
numbers to your activity level, environment, bodyweight,
and diet.
Add one 8 oz. glass for every 25 lbs. that you are overweight.
The water needs of overweight individuals are higher than
those of slim persons. Larger people have larger metabolic
costs. We've already discussed water's role in fat metabolism,
so it only makes good sense that larger people need more water.
remember, when in doubt, drink more!
Water Facts
-85% of brain tissue is water.
-The adult body is about 75% water.
-Water increases organ and gland function.
-The human embryo is more than 80% water.
-Drink 1-5 8 oz. glasses of water for every hour of activity.
-Losing 15-20% of the body's water can be a fatal mistake.
-Water is low in sodium, and has zero caffeine and calories.
-Drink an extra 8 oz. glass of water for every 25 lbs. that you
are overweight.
-We lose 2-3 quarts of water daily through sweating, breathing,
and urination. Not drinking enough water, even for a day, will
throw your body off balance.
-As activity levels, air temperature, and body weight increases,
so will the body's need for water. Water is the medium in which
every chemical reaction of the body occurs down to the
cellular level.
-Humans can live without food for 2 or more months, but can
survive only a few days without water.
-The continually growing blood cells found in bone marrow take
priority over the cartilage for any available water in the
bone structure.
-Cold water is absorbed quicker and burns more calories.
Drinking eight 10-oz. glasses of ice water per day burns
approximately 200 calories!
-A good indicator of hydration levels is urine color. If your
urine is more toward a dark yellow, you need more water.
Try to maintain a lemonade or clear-colored urine.
-We need water to breathe. As we inhale oxygen, and exhale CO2,
our lungs need to be moistened by water. As a result, we lose
about 1-2 pints of water each day.
-Some of the body's signals of dehydration include: thirst, dry
mouth, stomach pain, ulcers, low back pain, low energy levels,
confusion, disorientation, and cramping.
Drinking Tips
-If your water doesn't taste good, add a lemon slice to jazz it
-If tap water doesn't do it for you, drink either filtered or
bottled water.
-Drink 1-5 8 oz. glasses of water for every hour of activity.
For every cup of a caffeinated drink you ingest, have a cup
of water.

Unread 10-18-2000, 09:20 AM
Drinking water

I just read Tea Lady's reply and it makes a tremendous amount of sense. Pity we weren't all issued with this report or something similar to better educate us, either pre or post op!
Take care and drink up ...

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