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.
"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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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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