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Anyone find that water is not even slightly refreshing?

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I down a 2L bottle of Pepsi Max and like 3-5 cups of artificially sweetened tea or coffee a day in conjunction with the odd can of Monster. Water tastes boring AF but during cardio/weight training you’re so dehydrated that water is incredibly refreshing. It could be that you’re just never really dehydrated.
 

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A few days ago I swapped from fizzy drink, the odd energy drink, multiple cups of coffee per day, etc to an almost exclusively water intake (one cup of coffee per day). No, not for the health benefits, more cause I saw what the stuff actually costs :ROFLMAO:

Anyway, the issue I'm having is that since swapping to water I ALWAYS feel dehydrated. Yesterday's intake was just shy of 6 litres, and today I've done 3.8 liters since 6am.

A can/glass of Coke = fine for an hour or two
A glass/500ml bottle of fruit juice = fine for an hour or two
A glass of milk = fine for an hour or two

Water, though... Four glasses in rapid succession until I just can't anymore and I remain desperately thirsty, 200% ready for glass #5. I've done 3 glasses since 15:45, and don't feel any less thirsty.

I've Googled "water not refreshing" or whatever and come up completely blank, just people complaining about the taste.

Could it be the condition of the water where I live? Or something else? Or, contrary to what Google has to say, am I NOT the only person to experience this?
Its the sugar you crave ... Not the hydration of the liquid. Your body is expecting the sugar from the drink and hence why you dont feel satisfied ... more psycology to this (think addiciton). After habit is formed with water you wont crave that much sugar
 
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I’ve been drinking only water for over 2 years and 6 months now, yea you heard right, no coffee, juice, milk or anything that’s not pure water. You shouldn’t consume so much water a day, you just going to urinate constantly thus will cause dehydration eventually. In addition, I don’t consume sugar also for 2 years now, only natural sugars.

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This was at 16:30. Internet went down due to weather.

You're lacking electrolytes.

The body uses electrolytes to manage water, which is why excessive water intake is not good for you - you flush everything out.

Eat a banana - you need potassium and salt (for the sodium) mostly. Get your electrolytes up and you'll start feeling hydrated.
I love salt. If it wasn't that bad for you I'd eat it by the spoon. As a kid when my friends were stealing pinches of sugar from the kitchen, I was stealing pinches of salt :LOL:

Maybe I should give that a try (the banana, that is).

I used to drink a lot of energy drinks when I used to buy them in bulk.

Around my Highschool and Uni days

Maybe one a day.

Since then nah not much. After drinking a lot of water (and by a lot what people have said is excessive). I can say most fizzy drinks I cant stand anymore. Coke tastes horrible now. Only thing that is decent is the super bad cheap ones like Bubblegum from Checkers.

Still always prefer water. Just dont drink it as much when its not easily accessible. You can switch to a smaller glass water bottle if you want and over time you will crave less. Until it gets hot haha

Oh but I have tried a few concentrates. Related to that Electrolytes comment I liked the grape powerade concentrate. But yep water is cheap
When lockdown started I suddenly found myself drinking 2 Monsters per day (not for energy, I can sleep after having 2), and then I discovered Dragon and suddenly it was 4 Dragons per day. That lasted a couple months before I stopped both.

Regarding your Coke comment, very much so. You enjoy the bubbles and the cold. Drink a glass of warm, flat Coke if you want to know what it really tastes like.

tldr; Give it a couple of weeks.

Just keep at your water drinking approach for another week or two I'd say. I think your body associated your past fluid intake as a reward system and now it's taken away all of a sudden which your body isn't used to. So now your body tricks you in thinking it's dehydrated to force you to drink and hopefully get those goods that triggered the reward system.
Allow your body to adapt to the pure water hydration first and see how things go. In the end, you just need water to rehydrate and none of those man made drinks they try to sell you as being a necessity.

Edit: 6 Liters are too much mate! It causes swelling on le brain. From what I've read, 3L max per day.
There is no way in hell I'll survive a week or two of this. I've thrown in the towel already. I told my wife to bring a bottle of Appletizer and Creme Soda home with her.

You might be onto something with the "reward system" but then why is my throat so dry after 3 glasses of water that I can't talk properly? It can't just be psychological.

Yes, I know 6 liters is far too much, which is what led to this thread. Especially considering that normally I hardly ever pass 2-2.5 liters per day (unless there's vodka in it :p ). I've averaged 375ml per hour since waking up, sticking to that rate I'll hit 6.75 liters today. That's 6.75 liters and REMAINING thirsty throughout. I know for sure that doesn't add up.
 

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I see people like this ordering a large McDonalds meal with Pepsi and then complaining about skinny people.

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It's mostly because you made a change to mainly water and less of everything else, is my guess. I also used to drink 4 to 5 glasses every 30 minutes but forced myself to 2 glasses every hour, i get less thirsty now. it's either all in the mind or you have diabetes or something like diabetes that causes the great thirst. But still, you never had this issue when you drank less water and more coffee and soda. But yeah, my guess is it's your system that's going WTF and you must train it to only need x amount of water per hour.

Edit: Like a poepol I only read the first few posts and posted this, I guess a lot of people already said what I said here, just in better detail lol.
 

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I used to drink fruit juice and a small amount of fizzy drinks (Fanta, Sprite, Sparberry, Coke, Appletiser) exclusively.

Then I got a kidney stone and made a hard change to a healthier lifestyle which swopped out that stuff with 2.25-3.75L (depending on season/exercise) of Nestle Mineral water.

Was hard the first week or two but now I can't imagine living off of sugary crap all the time. Just give it time, you can't break a lifelong habit in a few days.
 

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Kidney stones = not enough beer.

Make a plan bud
 

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Not to shit on peeps who drink 2L of soda a day, but how the hell do you peeps afford to drink that much XD.

Thank Cthulu I never developed a taste for soda beyond the occasional gathering etc. I'm the exact opposite; If I've been drinking coke or something at a party, eventually I crave a tall glass of water XD

My guess would be your body is craving sugar, and this manifests itself as thirst. Adding a qtr teaspoon of salt (and no it's not that bad for you) to water or even adding a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to water can maybe help with the feeling of thirst. Also, maybe having chilled water in a flash or something would make it feel more refreshing.

If this is a chronic thing, then yeah, I'd check if you're prediabetic.
 

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I hate water, it's so fucking kak (probably the reason why my piss is dark yellow all the time), couldn't the universe be a bit more creative?

I bet on another planet the water tastes like chocolate milk.
 

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Water needs to be a particular temperature to hit right. No clue what that temp is, it just happens some days through sheer luck of the ambient temp being just right and can't be simulated with a fridge.

Or alternatively water needs to come directly (as in from the tap, not bottled and transported 100s of miles) from a mountain spring like at a resort in the Alps.

I always drink carbonated/fizzy stuff (except for plain carbonated water) because as a kid I always had some degree of nausea and the fizzyness helped combat that.

I try to drink more water these days and some day it works. Other days it's actually delicious (when it hits that temp sweet spot). Some days it makes me nauseous trying to force it down. Some days I literally can't drink it, it somehow feels like I am trying to consume just a straight-up rock (that is somehow in liquid form), it feels like trying to force an oversized tablet down my throat (and no I am not talking about ice). Some days I just don't like the taste beyond a small sip once or twice.

I'm generally not very thirsty most days though and struggle to hit the 2L mark no matter what I am drinking.
 

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Your body is used to all the "kicks" of caffeine and sugars. I'm guessing it may take a week or two to adjust.
I hate plain water so I tend to buy bottled sparkling for home and I add flavored rehydrate.
 

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Are you drinking reverse osmosis water? RO removes almost everything from the water. It's the minerals and dissolved salts that quenches thirst. RO water makes me more thirsty.
 

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I've found that after some strenuous exercise that if you add a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar to about 2L of water it helps with the thirst and hydration a lot more.

Water by itself doesn't work for dehydration as well as if you add those two ingredients. Don't go overboard with the salt and sugar though. Only a pinch of each to 2L is enough.
 

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When I drink Coke or Creme Soda or something I do less than the recommended 2 liters per day and feel fine. My intake since swapping to water is 3-4x as much.

MORE STRANGE than that is that I had a cup of coffee when I made this thread (coffee which is made from the same water) and I now feel completely fine. Just before 4pm someone asked if I'm getting sick as I was too thirsty to talk properly, that's also almost fine now (I can hear my throat is still slightly dry, I doubt even my wife would notice though).

So confused.
That's the addiction kicking in. Cold turkey off of caffeine and sugar is insane. Especially the amount you were consuming.

I'd also recommend getting a water dispenser. Sure it costs money but R40 for 20l isn't that bad.
 

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A few days ago I swapped from fizzy drink, the odd energy drink, multiple cups of coffee per day, etc to an almost exclusively water intake (one cup of coffee per day). No, not for the health benefits, more cause I saw what the stuff actually costs :ROFLMAO:

Anyway, the issue I'm having is that since swapping to water I ALWAYS feel dehydrated. Yesterday's intake was just shy of 6 litres, and today I've done 3.8 liters since 6am.

A can/glass of Coke = fine for an hour or two
A glass/500ml bottle of fruit juice = fine for an hour or two
A glass of milk = fine for an hour or two

Water, though... Four glasses in rapid succession until I just can't anymore and I remain desperately thirsty, 200% ready for glass #5. I've done 3 glasses since 15:45, and don't feel any less thirsty.

I've Googled "water not refreshing" or whatever and come up completely blank, just people complaining about the taste.

Could it be the condition of the water where I live? Or something else? Or, contrary to what Google has to say, am I NOT the only person to experience this?


I can help you with this fatty,
I swapped to 99% water two years ago after feeling disgraced by my consumption of Coca-Cola (2L ++ a day)

At the moment i have 3 x 1.5l bottles in the fridge now, and 2 x 1.5l in the freezer,
The freezer and fridge ones rotate, freezer ones are for direct consumption (Wait till cold af and consume, some chunky ice bits even better)
i drink at the minimum 10L a day


Some people would say its too much or whatever, but i drink that and 2 cups of tea or so a day.
i don't force myself to drink, i just drink when thirsty.


You also have to get used to it, its like quitting smoking, which i have also done.
I tried a coke the other day had two sips and was like fuck no im out, same as trying a ciggie after 8 years
 

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Stupid question if I may....

Tap water or purchased water? We buy our water, mix ir with Oros or so. Cant go without it. We fill up our bottles for the water machine. We have 4 x 18L bottles, thats doesnt last us 2 weeks at a time in this heat. I would highly recommend buying water from Oasis or so, if not already being done.

As said before, maybe its the sugar addiction kicking in, the body wants that supplement?
 

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OP is drinking waaaay to much water
You are flushing out your system and not getting enough electrolytes in
I drink 3 to 4 glasses water each morning before switching to beer until I pass out.

On weekends when I go hiking in the mountains (anywhere between 8km - 33km) I carry a 1 litre water and a 1 litre Game cooldrink mixture. Sometimes on a hot day I will refill the water bottle using my portable water filter. I find this combination keeps me going all day with no aches pains tiredness etc
 

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Not to shit on peeps who drink 2L of soda a day, but how the hell do you peeps afford to drink that much XD.
That's why I'm stopping :p

Your body is used to all the "kicks" of caffeine and sugars. I'm guessing it may take a week or two to adjust.
I hate plain water so I tend to buy bottled sparkling for home and I add flavored rehydrate.
Bottled water is as much or more than cheap fizzy drinks. It's kind of going the wrong direction from what I'm trying to achieve...

Are you drinking reverse osmosis water? RO removes almost everything from the water. It's the minerals and dissolved salts that quenches thirst. RO water makes me more thirsty.
No, RO is for my fish to swim in, not for me to drink.

Have you tried ice cold water - normally works for me.
Room temperature water seems to also not satisfy my thirst.
Answered this already, if it's too cold I can't get it down fast enough.

I can help you with this fatty,
I swapped to 99% water two years ago after feeling disgraced by my consumption of Coca-Cola (2L ++ a day)

At the moment i have 3 x 1.5l bottles in the fridge now, and 2 x 1.5l in the freezer,
The freezer and fridge ones rotate, freezer ones are for direct consumption (Wait till cold af and consume, some chunky ice bits even better)
i drink at the minimum 10L a day


Some people would say its too much or whatever, but i drink that and 2 cups of tea or so a day.
i don't force myself to drink, i just drink when thirsty.


You also have to get used to it, its like quitting smoking, which i have also done.
I tried a coke the other day had two sips and was like fuck no im out, same as trying a ciggie after 8 years
As above.

Stupid question if I may....

Tap water or purchased water? We buy our water, mix ir with Oros or so. Cant go without it. We fill up our bottles for the water machine. We have 4 x 18L bottles, thats doesnt last us 2 weeks at a time in this heat. I would highly recommend buying water from Oasis or so, if not already being done.

As said before, maybe its the sugar addiction kicking in, the body wants that supplement?
Tap water. Tap to glass to facial sphincter.

I think you guys might be onto something about a sugar addition. I've had one cup of coffee at 6am and one glass of Checkers Creme Soda just before 8am and I'm still doing fine. That's approximately 500ml after 4 hours, whereas over the last few days I'd have had around 1.5-2 liters by now.

Meh, at least I know where the issue is now.
 

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I find what works for me with water is to keep a cold bottle water by hand and just keep sipping on it. preventing from actually becoming thirsty. just stay and hydrated.

and then yes the sugar thing
 

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I'm still just under a single liter for today (although probably going to pass it in the next minute or two). I wouldn't believe it if I wasn't living it.
 

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