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LIZZY63 Posts: 16,450
4/13/10 11:54 A

Myth #8: You need eight cups of water each day to be healthy.

Truth: SparkPeople recommends that adults drink eight cups of water each day, but you might be surprised to know that there is no scientific evidence that everyone needs eight cups. In fact, most experts aren't even sure exactly where that recommendation came from.

OPUSEVA Posts: 1,332
4/12/10 6:45 P

"I learned that 8 cups is the minimum for water, so I won't count anything else"

Don't know WHAT you were reading, but the article states that ANYTHING you drink counts. Also, it does NOT say that 8 cups is a "minimum".

You get water from EVERYTHING you eat and drink. Even coffee (with caffeine) and alcoholic drinks. We've got to stop perpetuating the old myths, people.

JUNEAU2010 SparkPoints: (239,412)
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4/12/10 6:18 P

After reading the SP article that was posted in one reply to this dialog, I learned that 8 cups is the minimum for water, so I won't count anything else towards water. I haven't been, but when I read that green tea is especially good, I wondered if that would count.

I really don't like green tea, but will drink it for the benefits it offers...sigh.

RACHEL_MAC Posts: 1,159
3/16/10 1:02 P

I suppose it depends on how seriously you take "counting" water consumption. In terms of hydration's health benefits, I'd only count the highest-value liquids. If you're just counting moisture entering the body, you can count whatever you want.

LIZZY63 Posts: 16,450
3/16/10 12:57 P

"....caffeine are diuretics--that means they make you lose water--so they can't count as water consumption"

The amount of caffeine is minimal, you need to drink a LOT of coffee for it to have an effect.
So it CAN count towards fluids consumption as pointed out in the articles linked to.

Beverage experts report that many foods and beverages hydrate the body well including water, juice, coffee, tea, milk, pop, etc. Of course there are limits to each, check out the recommendations in this SP article:

It's personal choice on what to actually count as "water" but all fluids will hydrate you.
You don't need to drink 2 extra cups of water if you have a coffee for example, it's a myth.

Edited by: LIZZY63 at: 3/16/2010 (12:59)
RACHEL_MAC Posts: 1,159
3/16/10 12:44 P

ALcohol and caffeine are diuretics--that means they make you lose water--so they can't count as water consumption. Other than that, everything counts ... obviously, some sources are better than others. Plain water, decaf tea, etc. are great, but fruit juices, decaf coffee, and smoothies have other issues (calories, diuretic effect, sugar).

LETOVERN Posts: 2,603
3/16/10 12:24 P

Everything counts but alcoholic, even caffeinated drinks. Plain water is best, so try to make most of it just water.

SHARONGD Posts: 2,051
3/16/10 11:48 A

As long as there is no caffiene I would think ok -

MISS_PIE SparkPoints: (64,851)
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3/16/10 11:03 A

I count my herbal green tea as part of my 8 cups of water.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
3/16/10 10:55 A

Here is an article to help -

Healthy Beverage Guidelines
Drink Up, But Drink the Right Stuff

Coach Tanya

3/15/10 10:54 P

Water based non caffeinated fluid should count toward your water amount.

KALORIE-KILLAH SparkPoints: (0)
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3/15/10 10:37 P

If you want it to, sure. Check out these links:

Personally, I get lots of hydration naturally from the foods I consume because I eat lots and lots of fruits and veggies. I also count my two cups of water as a hydrating liquid. (It's an overblown rumor that coffee is a diuretic. It can be, if consumed in excess, but even if it does it is extremely mild and doesn't affect everyone.) I count my crystal light as water, too.

Basically, listen to your body. If you get light-headed or your mouth is dry, try drinking more water/liquids. Also, if you're consuming lots of fiber and other roughage, water is very important to keep you regular.

3/15/10 10:16 P

i've been trying to keep up with my 8 glasses a day of water but i consume other drinks too like herbal tea (no caffeine), flavored water or water with a splash a juice..does this still count at water for the day?

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