I guess the general reply is...YES tea can be counted as water BUT probably only herbal, caffeine free, no sugar or milk/cream. Like a cup of peach tea...basically hot flavored water. This is good news because the idea of a cold glass of water when it is so cold outside is daunting.
I do not count it as the same as my granddaughter has a neurogenic bladder the the urologist said not to have any caffeine but lemonade is actually okay, but even though other beverages are good, she still needed plain water to make things function right. I think adding natural lemon or lime us okay.
I was told last week by a nutrition fitness expert that works at a gym and a hospital that you must drink 8 glasses of water a day plus other liquids to keep your liver and kidneys running well and no more then 2-3 cups of coffee at home,less of course if it is in a restaurant. A lot of tea will not do any harm.
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I've always done so, tho I drink far less nowdays. I flavor my water with a little lemon juice.
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I have heard people say they find water doesn't seem to be absorbed well without something in it. It feels like it just sits there. If that is you, then some flavouring in the form of tea or herbs, or electrolytes might help. Better to get the fluids along with some tea, than to miss the fluids altogether. IMO.
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"Non-alcoholic fluids, including tea, coffee and fruit juice all count towards your fluid intake. A lot of people believe, mistakenly, that tea and coffee are diuretics and dehydrate you. In fact, below about 400 mg a day of caffeine, caffeine-containing drinks don't dehydrate you and can count towards your daily fluid intake. A mug of instant coffee contains about 100 mg and a cup of tea about 50 mg - so you'd need to pass the eight-cups-of-tea a day mark to have to worry!"
YES!~I count it and I get in my 8 glasses with the help of herbal tea! No sugar or any additives~just water! Also, I have heard drinking a hot drink like tea helps the body to lose weight,but I just do it as it fills me up! I have LOST 15 lbs. so far.~
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Caffeine deletes water from the body. For every cup of caffeinated beverage, you need to replace it with a cup of decaffeinated beverage. Then add 8 cups of a decaffeinated beverage. Sugar free Koolaid helps me drink more water, with a little more taste when I want something cold.
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As long as things are decaffinated and you chart your sugar and milk added it is water but don't forget to add the extras to your calorie tracker. Caffeinated coffee and tea dehydrate you so you would have to drink even more water which not a lot of people want to do, me included. Even though I still drink my caffeinated beverages
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Working with Weight Watchers, I can tell you that Herbal/decaffeinated tea, and decaffeinated coffee count as a part of your daily water intake only if they are not sweetened (and do not have milk or cream in them). Once you add sugar, you can no longer count it as a part of your daily water intake.
I don't drink tea, but I do count my artificially-sweetened coffee as water. The body will recognize the water in it as water. Broccoli is 90% water. To date I am losing weight at about a pound a week, and at 61, that is acceptable to me. It's really "fluids" we need. I do drink water the rest of the day.
If a beverage contains caffeine, you will have to add that amount of water back into your beverage totals. So, for one 8 ounce cup of caffeinated tea, drink 8 ounces of water on top of your normal water consumption.
If the tea is decaffeinated and clear (no cream or sugar), it will count towards your daily goal.
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I have always be concerned that I couldn't use other things as my water count so when I saw this question I decided to search it. Here is a good article from webmd that may help answer that question. I looked to see if Sparkpeople addressed this in their articles but I haven't found it.
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