I drink Crystal Light Raspberry Tea and count it as water. I do dilute it more than the directions say (use one tube in a gallon of water rather and a half gallon) but I do that because it tastes too sweet to me. And I've been very healthy so I believe it is working!!
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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. One source of this "myth" may be a 1945 article from the National Research Council, which noted that a "suitable allowance" of water for adults is 2.5 liters a day. Most of the water you need each day comes from the foods you eat, but there are still many benefits to drinking this much water.
I have been told and have also read a couple of articles which said that the important thing is to get plenty of fluids - 2 litres plus per day. But even the water content of your fruit and veg goes to hydrate your body. Also although tea and coffee are mildly diuretic the water content far outweighs this (i.e. you gain far more than you lose) so it still counts.
The articles said that it was very old-fashioned and out of date science (dating back to guidelines laid down around WW2!) to say it must be just plain water.
I have also read articles which said it was possible to drink too much water. There have been rare cases where people have effectively drowned themselves by drinking vast quantities when on very low calorie diets. I cannot ever imagine being able to drink that much. I struggle with the 8 cups a day.
I recently read an article that said Kiwi, pears, apples oranges, coffee, tea and iced coffee or tea all count for water. You hear so much disagreement on this that it is hard to know. There is disagreement among doctors. I drink 10 glasses of water a day(Dr. orders) and have 5 servings of freggies a day. That way I know I am covered.
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OMGoodness, I was just wondering this myself. I guess I knew that water is water and everything else is counted as a "food" that you list on your Nutrition Counter. *Sigh* Off to visit the loo again... Thanks for raising this question.
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Hi... Welcome to the team .. As for water I have also been told water only .. its different for every one you go to so I think you may have to decide for yourself but I know our Body is so much percent water cant remember exact it needs water .. you can go a long time without food but not water .. Hope that helps I am trying to drink 8 a day period of water only .. dont count others stuff for me ..
I just broke up with my personal trainer because my sports med doc said that I have too much damage to my knee and a PT is not experienced enough to help me. Before the trainer, I was told I could count liquids including tea and coffee towards my 8 cups of water a day. Some people only count Sugar-free drinks without caffeine. My trainer was insistent that I count only water.
Some days I felt I would just float away as I shotgunned water down to get in those 8 cups. I am a coffee lover and generally drink 18oz. a day with non fat dry milk and stevia on top of the water. If I wanted a flavored sugar free drink it had to over and above the 64 oz. What do all of you count towards your 8 cups daily water goal?
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