I'm drinking about 6 cups of tea a day (I brew a small pot of 2 1/2 cups and then put a tsp of honey in it and keep in in my water bottle). I have been doing this since mid December.
I read recently that the caffeine is only in the first brew of the loose tea leaves, and that you can continue to brew 3 more pots - and there is no caffeine in those ones.
So, that's what I've been doing, and it's been good. I have to shape up my diet a bit better, but the tea is good for you. Not sure if the honey is an OK idea - I don't want to use sugar or splenda though.
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1/16/13 11:21 A
I recall being told at Weight Watchers that up to half of your daily "water" intake could be from other beverages as long as they do not contain caffeine so it really depends upon what type of tea you are drinking. Many herb and some green teas for instance are decaffeinated. Pure water is best for at least 3-4 glasses but yes, the rest can be coffee, tea, juice, or milk.
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1/6/13 7:09 P
Now that I've made my large 24 ounce mug of herbal tea (and counted it), I have to say that this link provided by DOESEATOATS to be rather interesting--along with many of the links it leads to--could have stayed there all night! Yes, I shall continue to add my herbal tea toward my 8--8 oz cups of water per day. I'm so glad I found this thread--have been wondering if it was okay to do so. In my mind, it is.
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11/6/12 12:52 P
..tea only counts as water 'if' it is herbal tea and has had no sweetener or milk added...as soon as you add anything beyond a slice of fresh fruit...like citrus...it changes the structure of the liquid and it no longer has cleansing properties...
On my tracking I don't count the first cup, but I do any that follow. (hopefully offsetting for the caffine dehydration difference) I never would count a drink that had sugar added as the kidneys need water to process out the sugar.
Bottom link with a caffine drink it is more dehydrating that water, but you are make forward progress -- however alcohol has a negative net effect and a glass of wine will make you output MORE water than you took in.
So if you count tea, you should drink more than the typical 8 glasses.....
I guess I'll never get enough water then...I do count iced tea as water...I put nothing in it but tea. It does act as a diaretic; so have been told, really, not to count it. I just don't see it though...
I do not count coffee, mocha or beer as someone suggested as you can understand those would be chock full of other no nos. Really...
Edited by: RACEWIFE at: 10/22/2012 (16:38)
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10/19/12 11:16 P
I imagine that anyone can count any which way they please: each digit, every other, by 5's, by 10's!
If anyone insists on counting tea as water, they might just as well count coffee as water, chocolate drinks, mocha, coffee, espreso, beer, wine and alcohol mixed drinks as water also . . . as most of them have water content as well . . . right?
Water is water . . . other things are NOT water . . . NO?
I guess someone will do a study now, or even a few someones and this question will continue to be a question with a gazillion different unsubstantiated opinions. I weighed in on the issue on my blog this morning, so I won't be repetitive.