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Lindilou

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I believe women should drink 2 litres of fluids each day (not alcohol) to keep the body hydrated.  I can't drink this much, I've tried it for a few weeks now and I just can't, I'm just not that thirsty to drink that amount, my urine is a pale yellow/straw colour.

I don't drink alcohol, I drink Redbush tea (no tannin or caffeine) and water.  I don't drink fruit juice coz sugar make things worse.

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This is very individual and some find that by drinking 1.5-2 litres of water a day things are kept flushed and acidic urine kept to a minimum.  Others can drink less and are ok as their bladders are stronger and less inflamed. Only you can know how much you can tolerate.  Your urine ideally should look the colour of a pale white wine – any darker or more yellow and you are not drinking enough and can run the risk of dehydration particularly if abroad and/or in hot weather. Remember the colour of your urine can also be affected by any minerals or supplements you are taking - B Vitamins in particular can cause urine to change colour.

Over-drinking is not advised as this will flush out the antibiotics and certainly when you take your abs if prescribed, try to restrict fluids for an hour to allow them to get into your system. 

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Thank you Susan,
I'll keep an eye on the colour of my urine.  My antibiotics were stopped by the Urologist at the hospital as I've been on them for quite a while.  I have some in reserve for emergencies ie bank holidays and weekends etc. The last time I saw the Urologist at the hospital it was a different one, he wanted me to drink 3 litres of water a day !!! He also advised Pearl barley but I can't have that as it's gluten, D-mannose which I can't tolerate, Cranberry juice which only makes things worse for me. I also imagine that it depends on you size, metabolism etc, I'm 5ft 2 and 9 stone, I'm not a big built bloke who may need 3 litres, I don't.

I don't take any supplements/vitamins etc, my last lots of Vit B's had sugar in and I believe that vitamins should be obtained from foods. We do all our own home-made cooking, no microwave stuff or ready meals etc, we are rather old-fashioned when it comes to food. Natural stuff, natural cooking and I'm not deficient in any vitamins/iron or anything else etc.

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It's all very personal and also depends on what you eat as some food (mainly fruits and vegetables) have a high water content and your activity level. Currently I'm drinking between 1-1.5 litres a day but I'm not very active due to mobility issues and it's cold so I'm not losing water due to sweating. However in the summer I drink about 2 litres a day sometimes more. Also I can't just sit down and drink a full glass as this irritates my bladder I've got to take it slow so it it rare that you will see me without a glass or bottle of water. As Susan said keep an eye on your urine as it will tell you if you need to drink more. X
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Thanks Kiwi_Fairy

Yes vegetables do have water in them.  I'm not very active myself as I also have CFS and hypothyroidism, which is now under control.

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My urine gets quite acid, how do I neutralise this without bicarb of soda? I have vertigo and the hospital consultant wants me on a low salt diet.  Thanks everyone.
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You could try alkalising your urine using diet - see the link below.

https://www.sweet-cures.com/how-to-make-your-urine-more-alkaline.htm

Alternatively Potassium Citrate is an option but check with your specialist that this is an acceptable alternative to bicarbonate of soda

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Health-Personal-Care/Potassium-Citrate-Mixture-200ml/B001RYNMX0/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1493831094&sr=8-3&keywords=potassium+citrate
Lindilou

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Thanks you, this is a big/huge help Susan [biggrin]
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The reason he wants me to reduce salt isn't because of blood pressure or anything like that. it's because salt affects the fluid in the ears and with having either Menieres or MAV - Migraine Affected Menieres, which one I don't yet know tests are going to be done.
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A lovely alkalising refreshing drink I have started to drink, and when you prepare it like this it feels really special, itcan even look like a gin and tonic, well at least others might think it is 😄

Get a nice large wine glass, cut up fresh lemon and put in lots of ice. Poor bottled water over the lemon and ice, give it all a stir and leave it for 5 minutes. Lemon although is acid outside the body becomes alkaline within the body. It's a nice alternative to just plain water, and when you present it in a nice glass, it's surprising how much nicer it tastes. 😄 I have had no problems drinking it.

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This sounds good chrysalis, definitely going to to try this today.  Thank you [smile]
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