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coffee as water count?

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Just wondering does my coffee count as part of my water intake of the day? Of course I had no idea coffee had calories until I seen where someone had searched.I always heard black coffee had no calories.
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there are quite a few opinions on that--in some ways it does count as part of your water intake, but it also has some side effects that plain water just doesn't have. i've seen some posts that say you should drink an extra cup of water for every cup of coffee. so i just have my coffee in the morning, and drink water the rest of the day.
Coffee dehydrates your body, besides the havoc that caffeine does to your body. Not saying that coffee is bad for you, just keep it in moderation. I read somewhere that for every cup of coffee you have, drink two cups of water.
Thanks Elin and Knitaholic.Could this be the reason I seem to be retaining fluid?I could drink coffee all day..but do slow down around lunch time so I can sleep at night.
Black coffee really has very few calories. On this site it marks it as 5 cals/mug. I wouldn't even bother with it unless you're drinking pot after pot. The calories really add up if you put sugar or milk in your coffee, though. That's what you have to watch out for.

I don't count the regular coffee as water intake. But I do count the decaf. It shouldn't be dehydrating since there's no caffeine.
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Coffee is 99% water. Just don't drink too much, or you'll become hyper.
There are varying opinions on this and I do enjoy coffee in moderation.  The problem with coffee more than dehydration is that it is very acidic.  It's another challenge found with softdrinks and the like.  I do tend to need to drink more water on days I have a lot of coffee.

In order to keep the ph  of the body in check it's important to drink enough water as well.  A quick way to see if you are dehydrated is to observe the color of your urine. .. not to be gross but if your urine is dark and/or has a strong odor it indicates dehydration ot some level and a need to drink more water.  When the body is properly hydrated urine is clear or pale in color and doesn't have a strong smell.
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The following is in a pamphlet from the American Medical Association that I received at my doctor's office.....  I think it puts things into perspective....

" Does coffee count towards my daily fluid needs?  Yes.  All fluids count -- plain water, juice, soup, watermelon -- and even coffee. The rumor that coffee dehydrates people lacks any scientific support what-so-ever.  Yes, coffee can make you urinate more in two hours, but not in 24 hours.  Even during exercise in the heat, athletes can consume coffee and not be concerned about dehydration.

What about pre-exercise coffee: Will it help me perform better?  Perhaps.  Studies suggest caffeine taken an hour pre-exercise can enhance performance and make the effort seem easier.  Caffeine also mobilizes fat so more gets burned for fuel.  Some researchers believe this helps athletes burn less glycogen and enhances endurance.  The recommended "dose" is about 1.5 to 3 milligrams caffeine per pound body weight (225 to 450 mg caffeine for a 150 lb person; the equivalent of 10 to 20 ounces of coffee).  Caffeine's response varies from person to person.  Hence, trial and error will teach you the best practices regarding caffeine intake for your body.

If you are unaccustomed to drinking coffee, take heed: Consuming a mugful of coffee on an empty stomach an hour before, let's say a running event or a rugby game, can leave you feeling unduly jittery, nervous and suffering from "coffee stomach."  Yet, if you always drink coffee before you exercise, you'll likely want to maintain that practice before a competition--if for no other reason than it can promote regular bowel movements and keep you out of the portatoilets mid event. "

Hope this helps......
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