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Checkout from your local library "The Ultimate Tea Diet" by Mark 'Dr. Tea' Ukra. On this diet, you drink, hot or cold, ---green, black, oolong or white tea--- all day. Must be unsweetened. Herbal is not allowed. As for food, in moderation. Hope you like!



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unsweetened herbal tea maybe, but I wouldn't count any kind of caffeinated tea as water. Caffeinated drinks dehydrate the body.



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I drink green tea every day at work over ice. I don't add anything to it so I count it - since I make it with water and don't add anything to it.

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I don't count tea as water. Tea is tea, water is water emoticon



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I count very weak herbal tea as water intake.

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WOW this might really help me achieve my daily water quota. I absolutely dislike drinking water and although it is one of my goals I rarely attain more than a one day streak. I just do not feel thirsty. I find water boring unless in a restaurant and it's full of ice and lemon. I could handle tea much better but have never thought it could be used as water. Thanks.



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Yes as its only favoured water some other without caffeine!



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weak decaf tea does

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of course...just remember that if it has caffeine it will dehydrate you a little



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good to know, thanks.



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I use it in place of water. I have found that when I don't drink tea I'm thirsty and when I do drink it, I"m not. Therefore it must have some hydrating effect. Plus I've read it really doesn't dehydrate you. I drink 6 cups of tea a day (2 green, 2 black, and 2 herbal) and 2-4 cups of pure water. If I didn't count the tea as water and had to drink an additional 6 cups of water, I would never leave the bathroom.



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Yes it does without anything in it



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I would think as long as it is calorie free or if you count it in your nutrition tracker if it has calories.



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as long as you watch the milk and sugar/sweetner, then it would be counted as sugar



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decaffeinated / herbal tea counts!
...sans all sweeteners


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I count sugarles tea as water

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Teas, juices, clear soups they all count as fluids AKA water.

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I count up to 2 cups of tea as water

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Thanks for your 'water' post!
Also, I am in the early stages of kidney disease.
The doctor wants me to limit fluids to 32 ounces a day.
I am finding this to be a greater challenge than 8 8 ounces of fluids a day.
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Veg, for all those here that say no, I just want to take them to a desert for a day and after 6 hours see if a pitcher of tea is refused. Of course it hydrates. Don't believe me believe a credible source:
www.webmd.com/parenting/features/healthy-b
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And the 8 glasses of water. Well that depends on how much water rich food you are eating, the climate you are in and how much you weigh. Of course, someone with a body mass that weighs 300 lbs will need more hydration than one at 125 lbs. So here to figure what you really need:
nutrition.about.com/library/blwatercalcula
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Weak tea is all I drink. Sure hope it counts as water!

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I make 2 quarts of tea using 2 tea bags.
Yes, I count it as water.

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I am assuming yes but I prefer to not include any other beverages in my quota of water...



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The technical answer is yes since your net hydration is increased. However, it and coffee hydrate at a slightly lower level than water. So if you are being super picky, just under track a bit. Overall, keep drinking the tea not only hydrations but other benefits.

For me personally I log it to keep up with caffeine intake, but only let it start going against my water button on the second serving.

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I count weak tea as water.

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I don't count it, but then I don't drink much tea. Just an occasional hot herbal tea when the weather is really cold.

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it is a personal decision.

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I count plain unsweetened tea as water -- probably any flavored water without added sugar, etc., should count

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I count water as water.
tea, decaf coffee etc is not counted because it has a chemical in it.
I was told water flushes, it is natural. Whereas coffee, teas have chemical, nutrients, diretic, potassium, oxalates.

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Yes tea can count as water. But there is no such thing as decaffeinate tea, because it still has caffeine in it. You have to really drink herbal to have caffeine free.

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I drink decaf coffee and tea. I do count them towards my daily water. I also count any sugar or cream that I may add to it.

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I do as long it doesnt have caffeine in it... :)



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I think it should, but I like to drink my 8 cups of clear water plus tea, soup etc. All foods contribute water to the diet. It's good just to flush out one's system with clear, plain, cool, water.



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Depends what type of tea think. If you put milk in your tea then you are adding calories, herbal teas should count because there is no caffeine.
I drink peach tea with out milk and sugar its just lovely.

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I think it counts as long as it is unsweetened. I count my flavored water!

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I count any fluid that has water as it's main ingredient as water so 8 oz equals approximately 24 grams

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There are numerous studies out there that prove the caffeine in both coffee and tea is negligible in terms of dehydration. There is A LOT of misinformation regarding how much water you should actually drink per day. The 8 cups a day thing was set back in the 40s and is pretty arbitrary. While water might be the best in terms of calories (zero), any liquid actually counts. Yes, even soda... Not that its healthy in ANY way. So unsweetened tea definitely counts whether it's caffeinated or not.

Read this article on water intake. It's pretty enlightening as to how the suggestion to drink 8 cups a day got started, plus it has plenty of other information on the facts behind fluid intake.

www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2014/01/28/everyt
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yes. Plain unsweetened tea. emoticon



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There are two problems with drinking tea instead of water. Tea often has a lot of added sugar which can cause all types of problems. Also tea can have lots of caffeine, which can act as a diuretic in the body, dehydrating you and causing your metabolism to slow down.

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I count it was water as long as it doesn't' have a large caffeine count.



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i count is

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Most of the places I researched says you should take in more than 100 ounces every day. The water is counted in this number; water is water. It does not have chemicals, coloring, or any sweets. Eight glasses of water is an appropriate number to help you get full thereby helping with weight loss

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Most of the places I researched says you should take in more than 100 ounces every day. The water is counted in this number; water is water. It does not have chemicals, coloring, or any sweets. Eight glasses of water is an appropriate number to help you get full thereby helping with weight loss

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interesting! Some places advocate only half of liquids should be herbal or water based. Good for your skin and digestion! emoticon



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If it's herbal tea, then yes.

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I was told only if it is decaf it does - thoughts? Unsweetened of course

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I only count herbal tea as water. I don't put honey, sweeteners, sugar, milk or anything else in it.

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I can say I would dehydrate, if I didn't drink AT LEAST 10 cups of water a day! There are some days I drink more than a gallon. Yes, there are days I feel like I am going to the bathroom excessively (once an hour for 3 hours), but that is not always the case, it doesn't last for long periods of time and it usually occurs when I drink a quart or more at once.

I personally don't see how people go all day without drinking, or eating fluids, like watermelon and other fruits or oatmeal and pasta. I get headaches, my joints ache and I have less energy and focus when I don't get enough water. Others I know who don't drink at least 8 cups of water don't go to the bathroom often, but they complain about these same issues. Of course, coffee, soda, milk and other beverages, and even foods also count for water intake. Granted, they may not be as efficient as plain water, but they can also serve nutritional purposes.

Different people have different needs. I have seen differing research, but in the end, I believe it's not about how much water you drink; it's about how much water you get. Too much too fast will just run through you. Too little can cause the aforementioned health issues, but it can also cause kidney problems, circulatory problems, digestion problems and more. Those problems can happen, even if a person doesn't feel thirsty. If you DO feel thirsty, by all means, drink (and not alcohol)!

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As long as it is sugar free :-)

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I'm glad I ran into this. I wouldn't count it as water before.



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Very interesting article. I find that when I try to drink 8 glasses of water, I seem to always be running to the bathroom. Perhaps more moderation is indicated. Thank you!



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i count it as water

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If its unsweetened I count it.. NO calories



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I count it. What is the difference between unsweet with splenda and flavored water?



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8 glasses of water is NOT supported by research. If the Journal of Nephrology doesn't recommend it, then give me a break.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-04/ason-elo032808.php

The original journal article:
http://jasn.asnjournals.org/content/19/6/1041.full?sid=19a23c89-ddf3-4180-814c-c5e1a07f9510

A couple years ago I got tired of the foolishness (and excessive trips to the bathroom) and looked it up. Do yourself a favor and read the article.

There was another, even stronger journal article (a meta study) by a urologist but I'm too lazy to find it now. I'll try to find and post the link if anyone wants it.

Edited by: LIGNSS at: 8/4/2014 (23:40)
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why not?



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Ive always thought that anything without sugar and caffeine could count as water. Has anyone else heard this?

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Flavored water is the best. You can get the store brand and it tastes great

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Ive always thought that anything without sugar and caffeine could count as water. Has anyone else heard this?

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Yepp! I count it as water, at least.



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I heard that as long as it wasn't carbonated or had caffeine it could count towards your water intake. You still need actual water but it could count.

A bird sitting in a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on her own wings. Always believe in yourself.


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I count my green tea as water. I brew it fresh each day and I still get in plenty h20.

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