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When does water cease to be water?

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I drink plain, cold water. At least 64 ounces every day. I also drink tea, vitamin water, the occasional Diet Dr Pete (soda stream), and rarely some Crystal Light.

Now it's generally accepted that adding a touch of citrus is fine, even preferable if it encourages someone to drink more water. But I've also read from various sources that tea, coffee, and even soda still count toward daily water intake.

Once you add caffeine, sugar, calories, and who knows what else do you still count it in your daily water? Personally, I don't. I only count my cold, clear water that I love so much but I'm curious what others think. Any input?
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  • no profile photo SKEPCHICK
    I have to agree with you
    3073 days ago
    I only count water emoticon
    3073 days ago
    There are a few cases where I count something as water that isn't just water. A) I'm under doctor's orders to drink gatorade every day, so I mix powder into clear water. B) When I was on IV nutrition I counted the fluids as water. C) If I make soup and add double or triple the water, I count the added water. D) On days when I can't eat or drink (because of my medical condition) for most of the day and I supplement liquid nutrition then I'll count that as water.

    In my case, it is literally impossible for me to drink enough plain water, drink the required extra liquids, and eat the foods I can digest all in 1 day. Add in the days where I sleep for 12 hours due to medication side effects or pure exhaustion, I don't have enough time to get in even the required nutrition. So I go based on what my body allows. I am the rare case though, of course.

    For you, be sure you're not drinking TOO MUCH water. You need to be able to balance your water and sodium intake. Too little water or too much sodium can cause you to bloat, while too much water (or too much at once, like 4+ cups in an hour) or too little sodium can dehydrate you. So drinking as much water as you are, counting the tea, vitamin water, and crystal light (which don't have much or any sodium), might actually be too much. Also, if you're constantly thirsty it can be a sign of diabetes or other medical conditions, so check in with yourself on that. It doesn't hurt to check with your doctor about things like this.
    3073 days ago
  • KONRAD695
    I only count water. Everything else (caffeine, sugar) needs water to help work it through.
    3073 days ago
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