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Dear FitSugar,

I know I'm supposed to stay hydrated and drink at least eight, eight-ounce glasses of water a day, but if I do, I end up peeing at least once every hour or more. Is this normal? How many times should I be going to the bathroom?

- Powder Room Patty

Yup, totally normal — I also go to the restroom a lot during the day. There is no real set number of times that you should be running to the loo, because it totally depends on your fluid intake. You drink water to replenish the water that gets lost through perspiration, excretion, and other bodily functions, and you don't necessarily need to be downing eight glasses of water each day. The amount depends on your lifestyle, whether you exercise a lot, or if you live in a warm climate. Check out Fit's Calculator to figure out how much water you should be drinking each day.

There's another way to find out if you're getting enough water. To find out what it is just


You can also figure out if you're getting enough water by checking the color of your urine. It should be clear or close to it. If it is, then you're doing a great job of keeping yourself hydrated. If it's closer to neon yellow, then add a glass or two of water to your diet. If your pee is clear and you're running to the lady's room more often than you'd like (which it sounds like you are), then cut back on your water consumption by a cup or two.


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Beauty Beauty 9 years
I drink lots of water, so I pee at least once an hour. I call this Hamster Bladder Syndrome, since my bladder seems as tiny as a rodent's!
BermudaGrass BermudaGrass 9 years
good to know...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
They only say you don't have to drink 8 glasses of water because most people eat enough foods with water in them to make up for it. And going to the bathroom all the time isn't that stressful on your kidneys. What IS stressful to your kidneys is not drinking enough, because it's more difficult for your nephrons to detoxify your blood. The more water, the better (to an extent; you don't want to drink too much too fast, or you can throw off your electrolyte balance). I drink a lot of water and other fluids throughout the day and I pee a LOT! As long as your urine is a normal color (light yellow to clear), you have nothing to worry about.
juju4 juju4 9 years
When I was hiking a lot in high elevations, I really had to push my fluids and drink lots of water. I started drinking more water on my off days too, because I found that I had more energy. I replaced my morning caffiene with water! I do think there is a range though. If I don't have enough water, I feel sluggish. If I have just enough, I feel great. If I have too much, I can get headaches. I think people need to just be aware of their own habits and adjust to what their body is telling them.
emalove emalove 9 years
I feel like I pee constantly too...I drink tons of water during the day and it seriously goes right through me.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
i don't know how much a drink, but it's way more than 8 glasses. it's most likely 15. and i really need it. at first i was freaked out, because it's a sign of diabetes... but my sugar levels are like baby's, the doctor was very surprised. it really depends on a person. and i wasn't like that before 2 years ago.
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
Hm. I'm not really sure how I feel about that study. Did he do the expirement several times or just once? *shrug* I can personally say I feel healthier when I drink more water. To each their own, I guess.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Mondaymoos, there are many studies, and one most recently was with Dr. Oz who is frequently on Oprah. There is no scientific evidence that drinking 8 glasses of water has any additional benefits, and if you constantly have to run to the bathroom as the original poster, then you are stressing out your kidneys, which is bad:) But Dr. Oz took 2 twin females, young, fit, active lifestyles, and had one drink 8 glasses a day, the other didn't (I forget exactly what she drank, but it was just an average amount and eating normally while the other stressed to drink the 8 glasses) and with all of the tests run, they found absolutely NO DIFFERENCE between the two with reference to drinking additional water, and that's b/c you get the water from foods. Again, too much water = stressing kidneys if you have to run to the Rest every hour!
peachesmel9 peachesmel9 9 years
One note about the clear pee thing...I know it's true that your pee should be close to clear (and not super yellow), but that's only during times that your body isn't expelling vitamins! I take a multi-vitamin and my pee is dark DARK yellow for a few hours afterwards, but I drink water like crazy.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Pee calculator. Hahaha.
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I'm always drinking water through the day and I go like every hour. i was never worried about it b/c that was normal for me, but it seems to freak other people out, lol. Now I can tell my bf I'm normal.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I average about 8-10 cups a day adding in two cups of green tea. I go all day long but I'm clear. Yea!!!
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
Well Fit points out that you don't have to drink 8 cups a day. It depends on the person. I mean my dad drinks more then that but he also sweats a lot (he drums for like 6 hours a day) and does hot yoga. Like she says it depends on the person. That "recommended" 8 glasses I think is a good starting point, then listen to your body. Try it and see, might be too much or not enough. I pee a lot too, but I think I have a pretty small bladder because not a lot fits in there. But my pee doesn't look like water or anything. And I drink more than 8 cups a day. Plus it's good for your skin :-)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I think I'd like to see that study, Berlin. My 8 glasses plus help me feel energized and less apt to snack during my workday... along with the benefits of shiny hair and clear skin... Plus, since I started drinking the 8 during the day, I don't feel like I have to carry water with me during my run because I've remained hydrated all day...
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Uh, I think we need to really study our research here. It's now been proven that there is NO POINT in drinking 8 glasses of water, b/c the foods that we eat contain mostly water. So if you are trying to push 8 glasses and it's a struggle, then you really can back way down. Main point is staying hydrated, but if you have to guzzle to get your "recommended" 8, then taking off a few will not at all hurt you. After a certain amount, it gets pointess...which is when you are pissing out all of the water you are intaking b/c it's too much.
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
i love that calculator you linked to. very helpful!
jasmint jasmint 9 years
Good to know. Once in elementary school I read the average person only goes three times a day! I've been kind of freaked out since then (nearly 20 years, oh my).
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
What about #2 Fit?
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