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1/10/13 9:17 P

Remember the water in fruits and veggies! Water water everywhere, and the number of recommended oz. is ballpark for a hugely diverse population. Just drink it!

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1/10/13 7:58 P

I try to drink 10-12 cups daily

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1/10/13 7:43 P

I count all water-based fluids as part of my intake. There is not difference between drinking a glass of water with a bowl of cheerios with a packet of splenda to sweeten it and drinking a glass of water with the splenda in it with the bowl of cheerios, so why shouldn't I count water in all forms? The only difference is with caffeinated beverages because they have a diuretic effect, but I don't take in caffeine except in chocolate, so that isn't a problem for me. I absolute HATE the taste of plain water.

Some days I don't need 8 full cups, and some days, I need more than 10. I go based on how I feel. The amount of water you need is really dependent on activity level and the foods you eat. If I have a big test one day and I'm just studying, I might need only 3-4 glasses of extra water- 3 if I eat high-water-content foods (like oranges, celery, lettuce), and 4-5 if I eat mostly protein. If I have a very active day, I might need 10 even if I eat watery foods.

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1/10/13 7:32 P

I always drink LOTS and LOTS of water.

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1/10/13 6:38 P

ALWAYS been a water drinker- maybe that's why I've only had 2 uninary infections in my 46 years. To avoid the big water weight problem when I weigh in, I take a big pee just prior to weighing :)

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1/10/13 5:19 P

A recent episode of The Doctors identified water intake for weight loss and the "need" for 8 glasses of water a day as myths, except for the benefit of water intake helping you feel more full (so maybe you will eat less). And, of course, you should always be properly hydrated, especially when exercising (which may mean more than 8 glasses a day).

Unfortunately, the full feeling from water only lasts 10-15 minutes for me, and then I'm still hungry. Just as unfortunately, I always exceed the recommended 8 glasses of water per day, but I will most certainly gain weight if I eat too much -- no matter how much water I drink. (Past a certain amount of water intake, I'll just feel bloated, and the scale will register extra water weight.)

Crystal light, tea, coffee, soda -- and more -- are all made primarily with water, so these count as water intake. Water itself, of course, is more healthy than some drinks, even some made primarily with water. Good health and proper hydration are important, and these are the real benefits of drinking water. For myself, however, I don't worry much about the quantity. My body signals what it needs.

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1/10/13 5:07 P

I count club soda or flavored seltzer water as part of my water intake.

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1/10/13 5:03 P

5 so far and @NGCHILD, I count my green tea as water intake.

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1/10/13 1:40 P

I use flavoring and Crystal Light packets in my water. I drink a ton of it through out the day .... as in 96 oz or more.

Does anyone else do this and do you count it as your recommended water intake for the day?

Thanks for your input.


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