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DEANNA0725 SparkPoints: (22,611)
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9/21/13 8:50 A

I count flavored water, unsweetened tea, and my vitamin water zero as water, but I do not count my iced coffee or regular coffee.

ROS3MARY Posts: 202
9/21/13 8:08 A

I prioritize drinking water / plain no chemical "stir ins", and usually manage my 8 cups. Somehow naming is cups makes it easier to do. But if I fall short but had coffee or tea, I think 2 cups for 1. BUT never pop or sweet drinks ... no MoDs sweet tea, etc.

I think we need to be realistic, honest and keep it achievable!

If you rarely drank clear water but now down 4 servings daily ... good for you!!!! Tomorrow drink 5! Fill in the other cups with xxxxx. Feel good about the increase.

9/21/13 3:45 A

when it's unsafe to drink.

LOVIEDAL SparkPoints: (2,042)
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9/20/13 11:01 P

Thank you everyone, all your answers are great. Just in case I wont count my tea or coffee but everything else sounds good. So glad I asked and I love this site!

NUTRI2015 Posts: 7
9/20/13 4:34 P

thanks. i will refer these to my doctor as she is misinformed.

FUNLOVEN SparkPoints: (59,194)
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9/20/13 11:06 A

Thanks for the info everyone.

Sometimes I drink plenty of water, but lately I have been finding myself bored with it and consequently my consumption has greatly been reduced. Also, I used to drink a lot of water before and after I would go for a jog, but now that my hips won't allow that kind of exercise intensity it has only contributed to my decreased water intake.

I am a big coffee drinker in the morning and sometimes I even have an afternoon cup. I have wanted to add some green tea to my options, but have worried that this would only add to my "unpure" water consumption.

The info you have all provided has eased my concerns. Glad I came across this post.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,700
9/20/13 10:17 A

agree with Heather, the amount of caffeine that would be required to serve as a diuretic far exceeds the caffeine levels in what is consumed, including espressos. Additionally, regular consumers of coffee and tea build a tolerance and don't even see a slight diuretic effect.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,277)
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9/20/13 9:20 A

NUTRI2015, that is inaccurate. While yes, caffeine-bearing drinks have a slight diuretic effect, they do not "eliminate" liquids instead of retain them. They may increase your need to pee a bit, but they don't cause you to lose water above what you're drinking when you take them. There's nothing wrong with counting tea and coffee; they hydrate you just as water does.

In fact, if you're a regular drinker, the effects are greatly lessened as your body adapts.

9/20/13 8:15 A

All drinks are mostly water. There have been some studies recently that show that for people who drink coffee or tea regularly the diuretic effect that a lot of people associate with caffeinated beverages doesn't happen. So basically, I wouldn't worry about them too much. If flavor or lemon helps you stay properly hydrate then go for it.

NUTRI2015 Posts: 7
9/20/13 5:57 A

all "water" is not equal. coffee and tea have water and no calories but they are diuretics, which means they eliminate liquids instead of retain them. they should not count in your water intake. that's always been my formula & my doctor agrees. flavor enhancers, charged water, lemon: all are calorie-free and can count. just don't count the coffee and tea because you are not getting a realistic picture of your intake. the ideal is for your urine to be either pale yellow or clear, which means you are flushing the toxins out of your system successfully.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (244,048)
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9/20/13 5:00 A

Any liquid counts as water where it comes to quantity. Basically, one of the reasons that 'water' per se it pushed is that it is calorie free which obviously helps with weight-loss.

Remember, too, that there is no hard-and-fast rule that says you MUST drink *X* amount of fluid in a day. Because fluid needs differ from person to person - how much they sweat, what they have eaten, (i.e. all food contains fluid - soups/casseroles etc. contain more fluid than, say, a slice of roast meat) the climate, their body size, medical conditions, etc. etc., be guided by thirst and the colour of your urine. Ideally it should be a pale yellow colour.


LOVIEDAL SparkPoints: (2,042)
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9/19/13 11:43 P

My question water with a 0 calorie flavor enhancers still water? Does plain tea count as water? Does water with lemon count as water?

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