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Old 09-08-2010, 05:23 PM   #11
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In my job, fluids are considered anything that is liquid at room temperature, this includes ice cream. Of course any fluids we can get our elderly to take are important.

That said, I also work with people who have fluid restrictions. Some are all inclusive, they can have only X amount of fluids in 24 hours, any fluids. Others are restricted from "Free Water," they can have as much as they want to drink as long as it's not water, these folks usually have an electrolyte imbalance.

For the most part, those that are allowed anything they want are allowed by their physicians to have alcohol in moderate amounts. Those on straight fluid restrictions are not allowed alcohol at all and Free Water restricted are allowed a beer or one wine a day.

That being said, I think of any fluids, with the exception of hard liquour, as fluid intake. But, I also drink 2x as much water as I drink coffee because I know I get dehydrated.

I guess it all really depends on how you feel after drinking whatever fluids you partake of...:)
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:35 PM   #12
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In my world, water = Diet Coke.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:03 PM   #13
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I was told a a few years ago when I fainted while cooking at camp in the middle of summer and was treated for dehydration that the only thing considered water was water. Then earlier this year I was treated for edema and am now on permanent medication for it. I was told that I needed to cut down anything considered fluid, much the same as CJ's list.

So my conclusion is that the medical formula for fluid is H20 only when you need more fluid and just about everything else when you need less
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Two beers and my kidneys kick into over drive...........
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:54 PM   #15
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Two beers and my kidneys kick into over drive...........
Half a beer and I fall off my chair...I'm a cheap date!
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What a pair we would make....You on da floor, and me in da "john"
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CJ, so how would they count something like alcohol which is liquid, but will dehydrate you?
beats me GB, I don't drink maybe a beer now and them but I have to let them know. I'll ask next time and let you know,
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I, too, only count regular plain water as water when it is a health issue (for example, gout and other forms of arthritis). Coffee and tea both are diuretics and stimulants. That's fine sometimes, but if your doc has recommended the water, stick to only counting water as water. Club soda, mineral water, seltzer can count if they are salt-free. I guess the way I'd put it is that you're trying to wash things out of your system, not add things to it.
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A new article I came across from one of my favorite sites.


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So I think I know what I believe, but I want to hear others thoughts on this. When people say you need to drink X number of cups of water (the actual amount does not really matter), what can you count as water?

Obviously a cup of H2O is counted, but what about a cup of coffee? How about tea? both of these things are primarily water. What about other liquids that are mainly water? Lets hear your thoughts.
For some reason folks don't want to hear that only water is water. I have heard any number of so-called authorities say gator ade, iced tea, vitamin water, flavored water, etc. ad nauseam, but I don't believe that.

The health folks I listen to all say that only water is water. No flavors, no additives, no bevvies that are made with water, just pure H20.. water. A minimum of 2 quarts of the stuff per day, and no more than 2 gallons.

Yes, there is such a thing as too much water.
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