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Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/29/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
We all know that water is wonderful for our bodies.  Have any of you heard that it also helps heal colitis and bloating?  They say you should drink half your body weight.  Am going to try this for a week or so to see if it helps.  I know it certainly can't hurt! 
 
I just got so tired of water when I quit smoking - I need to get back to drinking!
 
Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
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emory
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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Do you mean drink half your body weight in ounces? I would have trouble drinking 65 pounds of water! Good reminder, in any case -- thanks!
40, female
Dx ulcerative proctitis, 3-5 cm, June 2008 (after 5 weeks of blood and mucous) and still flaring
Canasa 1000 mg suppositories and 2 tsp smooth texture Metamucil nightly
25 mg hydrocortisone suppositories and 1 Garden of Life Primal Defense Ultra in a.m.
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Osteopenia and other assorted ailments


kickboxer
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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
keep in mind drinking too much water in a short period of time will kill you. It causes the brain to swell and basically drown. If you don't believe me, look it up. So before you start trying to drink half your weight in water I would suggest rethinking what "they" ahve told you, which to me seems obsurd.

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Beth75
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   Posted 10/29/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -6)   

that is a lot of water~!!  I don't think they mean that much.

to help with the boring (sometimes for me) taste of water I sometimes add cran/rasp juice to it.  I do 3/4 water 1/4 juice.  I also drink a lot of decaf home brewed iced tea.  I have a rubbermaid 32 oz bottle I bring to work every day.  I try to drink it all during the day but I don't always succeed.  I drink a couple glasses of water in the am and a couple at night too.


Beth, 33 ~ hoping to taper pred successfully, wish me luck!
Major Flare Sept/Oct 07.  Flare May 08 (from aspirin?).
UC dx'd 03/00 Proctosigmoiditis; Pancolitis since 09/07
Azathioprine 200mg 1xday nightly; Calcium and Vit D 500mg 3xday, Multi Vit, Folic Acid 400mg 2xday, Prilosec, Probiotics.
Minimal Change Disease (Kidney Disorder) dx'd 09/07. Close to remission since 9/08.
Prednisone 10mg 1xday, Lipitor 10mg 1xday, Diovan 160mg 2xday. Tekturna 300mg 1xday, Fosomax 70mg 1xweek. MCD may be from hypersensitivty to 5ASA drugs.  Do you have edema? If so, check your blood protien level!
 


suebear
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   Posted 10/29/2008 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   

As mentioned above, drinking excessive amounts of water can kill you.  We don't need that much fluids and remember that you are also getting water from the foods you eat.  The old standard of 8 ounces of water per day is not necessary to maintain good health.  However, if you are prone to dehydration increasing beverages is recommended but pay attention to eating more salt too or drinking a good electrolyte.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:12 AM (GMT -6)   
LOL I understand your concerns and I certainly was not accurate! My Jim (DH) was researching on some natural ways to help me w/ my UC and overall health. The info he printed out for me states that we should drink 1/2 our body weight of water in ounces - For example: I weigh 144 lbs so they are saying I should drink around 72 ounces of water daily. Jim got this info from:

http://www.curezone.com/foods/watercure.asp

So you think this is healthy or not? Whats your opinion? I do love my husband for doing all he can to help me! Am so fortunate that he has accepted my UC>

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
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UCDenver
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
Drinking lots of fluids is especially important if you are having diarrhea. 72 oz of water over the course of a day shouldn't hurt you--I think you would have to drink it all at once to cause water intoxication, as it is called. As noted above, it's important to make sure you have a good electrolyte balance too, so you could add a sports drink as part of your daily fluid intake.
28 yr old Female
Diagnosed with mild-moderate Ulcerative Proctitis 2005
Colonoscopy 2008 revealed Pancolitis -- after GI replaced Asacol w/Canasa :(

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Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:24 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you UCDenver - I started drinking my 7 glasses around 6:30 this a.m. and am just finishing up the last half of my 7th glass so I suppose that is okay. I do drink unsweetened tea during the day as well.

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa 2x a day
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
B12
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Expect to pee a lot more, when I increased my water intake I started peeing tons but I know it's a good thing because drinking enough water daily helps flush toxins out of your body....drinking an excessive amount in a short period of time, like with in an hour or less drinking gallons of it can literally drown your organs and cause death. Learned that from watching what stupid collage kids do for "fun"...morons!

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Dr-A
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   Posted 10/29/2008 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, half body weight in ounces over the day is a good start. It's what I tell alot of my patients. Of course depending on activities and what you do that will vary. You get alot of water through your foods too. I am 165 and usually try and drink 5 or 6 of those 16 oz bottles water daily.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
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potty girl
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   Posted 10/29/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I probably drink that much water a day, and have for a long time, but you do have to watch because if it is to much water for you it can flush out your potassium.
Rona

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nitroquick, proventol, plavix 75 mg, protonix 40 mg x 2, asacal 400mg x 9
carafate 1 gm x 4, zyrtec 10 mg, rhinocort aqua nose spray, fish oil,
potassium.


yuckygut
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   Posted 10/31/2008 12:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually too much water will dilute out your sodium levels, and can be potentially life threatening. Our body tells us when to drink, it is called being thirsty. I saw an article just last month to this effect, if I can find it I will post it, the woman in the article ended up dying, and obviously this is the extreme end of water toxicity.
Dr. A, do you drink a lot of other liquids over and above the water as well??
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yuckygut

diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily

Michelle8871
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:05 AM (GMT -6)   

As a kidney stone sufferer.....another HUGE reason to drink alot of water is the benefit of flushing your kidneys of excess minerals and toxins.

All of the vitamins and many of the medications we take are filtered through the kidneys.

If an adequate amount of water is not taken in....the leftover "junk" in our kidneys can crystalize and form kidney stones.

Since there is a correlation between UC and kidney stones - I think it's another good reason to increase your water intake.

My urologist has told me I should drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day - spread out over the full day to keeps the kidneys well hydrated

As someone who does not like the taste of plain water.... I have taken to loving Propel and Vitamin Water.  I usually do 50% plain water and 50% flavored water.


Newly diagnosed August 2008
Currently on 15mg prednisone, 12 Asacol per day, Mesaline enema nightly,Multi vitamin, Omega 3 and Calcium
Realizing that disease is a real pain in the ass!
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Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/31/2008 6:57 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you, Michelle, for that information and thank each one of you. I have found this post interesting and informative. I have been drinking my 7 glasses of water each day since I have posted. I have been spreading it throughout the day. I have found I like sipping on my water thru a straw better - LOL don't ask me why! I have also found that I am not as hungry, which is a good thing - I have about 14 + lbs that I still need to get off since I quit smoking last March! I do believe there are many health benefits by drinking water and keeping our bodies hydrated, however I agree w/ those of you w/ warnings in that too much of a good thing can be bad (I suppose that's the way I should word it!)

Anyway, that's my opinion!

Gigi1227
Diagnosised 8/25/08 GRRR
Started flare mid-May/feeling better but still flaring
 
Canasa 2x a day
Asacol
Multi Enzyme
Mega Probiotic
Psyllium
Fiber Wafer
Nictotine Patch
Fish Oil Pill
Multi Vitamin
B12
 
 


Dr-A
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   Posted 10/31/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
yuckygut said...
Actually too much water will dilute out your sodium levels, and can be potentially life threatening. Our body tells us when to drink, it is called being thirsty. I saw an article just last month to this effect, if I can find it I will post it, the woman in the article ended up dying, and obviously this is the extreme end of water toxicity.
Dr. A, do you drink a lot of other liquids over and above the water as well??
----------------------------------------------------------

yuckygut

diagnosed 1998

now off prednisone and colazal

drink 1 Haldi daily


I try and stick primarily with water. On weekend I splurge on a cup or two of coffee in mornings. It's actually really bad to gauge when to drink water based on your thirst levels. Better way is to just look at your urine. The lighter the better.
Proctitis DX 1999, Pancolitis DX 2008
Lialda 3 day
Immuran
Vitamin E Enemas as needed
Probiotis/GreenTea/VitD+Ca/SuperDHA


beartooth
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   Posted 10/31/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Doc A is right. For me, by the time I'm thirsty, that means I'm already somewhat dehydrated. Better to just keep drinking through out the day. I try to keep sipping all day, and between water and my V8 fusion, I probably drink at least 1.5 gallons a day. Might seem like a lot, but my job requires physical labor at times, and when you're sweating, water goes fast.
Brandon
 
36 y.o. male
Diagnosed w/ moderate UC in May '06
Meds & supplements: Asacol, Florastor, VSL#3, Wellbutrin XL, Prozac, multi-vitamin, Allegra, Lialda, Colocort, Prednisone, flaxseed oil, L-glutamine.

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