Can 8 Cups Of Water/Day Be Too Much For Some People?
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I fully intend to talk with my doctor about this question, but I would also like to hear from those of you who may have personal experience with this very topic.
I am currently taking a diuretic (for high blood pressure) and have had swelling in my legs (especially the left leg). At first the Dr. was concerned about Congestive Heart Failure and I had several tests to prove that this was NOT the case. I was then sent to a vein specialist, who did ultrasounds of both legs and diagnosed me with internal varicose veins. They do not show on the outside. I had treatments on these veins to close them off (they are eventually absorbed by the body and other veins take over re: blood flow). The swelling DID NOT go away. Lymphedema is another possible cause, so I am wearing compression hose and doing exercises to help with the condition, which I am told will NEVER go away.
I was reading a newsletter re: heart health the other day, and saw a paragraph which suggested that if you are on diuretics or have edema of any kind, you SHOULD NOT drink large amounts of water as it is hard on the kidneys. They felt that 8 cups/day was too much for this type of person.
Have any of you heard this same advice? Please lend me your expertise.