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  • apart or instead of water and coffee what do you drink lots of?

    What are sci ppl drinking during day, with meals, mornings and evenings? Why? [img]/forum/images/smilies/cool.gif[/img] I'm curious because the water is starting to taste boring.

  • #2
    Gatorade has been the only thing I've drank since being introduced to it by a nurse at my school's health center about 7 years ago. I had a really bad cold and felt like I was going to pass out in the waiting room, a nurse came out and gave me a cup of the green gatorade and I immediately felt better. I was probably dehydrated and my electrolytes were low so it makes sense that I was helped by it. I really don't like the way juices or water tastes and soda isn't thirst quenching so it's worked out well.


    • #3
      I was tired of drinking so much water, so I started drinking kool aid and crystal light. I don't know if its as good for me as water, but it sure taste better.



      • #4

        in water tastes good...not so boring.
        Emily, C-8 sensory incomplete mom to a 8 year old and a preschooler. TEN! years post.


        • #5
          I drink Gatorade too, but I dilute it with water.


          • #6
            First the bad news...

            Caffeine is baaaaad (picture Dana Carvey) ...for your bladder care. I know this sucks but its true. Yes this means Coke, Pepsi and Mountain Dew too. had to give up Dr. Pepper...and morning coffee. It can be done. Carbonated drinks are also good too stay away from altogether...HEY I told this was the bad news....the carbonated drinks can lead to dehydration and the often associated sugar content creates a breeding ground for bacteria.

            Now the good news...drink lemon water, water laced with cranberry, sports drinks eg gatorade), lemonade (watch for the sugar content), iced tea (get non-decaffeneited), hot tea (good 1/2 hour before bowel care), milk, cranberry juice (if I drink another glass I'll toss), etc....

            And every now and the mix in a shot of Tequila with your choice of tropical fruit (e.g. hurricane margarita)'ll help you keep you mind off of all the water (apologies to those members of AA). Which reminds margaritas are also excellent.
            What we do in life echoes in eternity. Maximus - Gladiator


            • #7
              What can you afford?

              There are lots of "alternative" water sources and flavored waters you can get. There is even oxygenated water and "power" water if you can believe their claims. Best thing, though, is filtered water from the tap. Try adding citrus juices such as lemon, lime, even grapefruit to it. After a few bouts with dehydration and UTIs "plain" water will not be so boring. [img]/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif[/img]

              "And so it begins."
              "And so it begins."


              • #8
                Good advice

                You do need to avoid caffeine if possible. In addition to irritating the bladder, this acts as a diuretic and is ultimately dehydrating.

                Some people can do OK with decaffeinated ice tea. It is worth trying if you really hate water.

                Carbonated sodas are also implicated in osteoporosis in women, so for people with SCI who are also at risk for this, it is best to avoid them.

                Be careful about juices and Gator Ade as many people with SCI tend to gain weight after their injury and these products are loaded with sugar.

                The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.


                • #9
                  Fruit juices (orange, apple, grape, etc.)

                  Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.


                  • #10
                    I find juices too heavy - it tastes great if you add club soda......


                    • #11

                      I mix a juice punch that my old restaurant manager used to make me.
                      He calls it "Jimmy Juice" (His name was James). Just pour some cranberry, grapefruit, orange juice, apple juice, and a splash of sprite together with lots of ice, add slices of lemon and lime too. Yummy! I just measure by sight, so put whatever amounts you want in. This is just a good treat when you are tired of Water. I don't have it too often, so when I do, I look forward to it.


                      • #12
                        add pineapple

                        I forgot the most important part, Pineapple Juice!!!! That is if you like pineapple.


                        • #13
                          Green tea

                          For me the best solution is green tea very unconcentrated without
                          sugar or anything else.


                          • #14
                            Decaf coffee, hot or iced. Low call cranberry cocktail, grape juice and the occassional diet 7-UP.
                            Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, "I will try again tomorrow."

                            Disclaimer: Answers, suggestions, and/or comments do not constitute medical advice expressed or implied and are based solely on my experiences as a SCI patient. Please consult your attending physician for medical advise and treatment. In the event of a medical emergency please call 911.


                            • #15
                              The daily vitamin C effervercent tablets works for me as the orange flavor gets rid of the boredom while the power packed vit C do your skin good and maintains acidicity in your urine. [img]/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img]
                              T-2 Incomplete Paraplegia
                              2 yrs post