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question about water intake???

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Your supposed to have eight glasses a day. Correct? What if you ate 2 servings or sugar free jello, which uses 1 cup of water??? Does that count as a cup? What about coffee? I drink about 3-4 cups a day, does that count as 3-4 cups of water as well ( I only add a little milk and Splenda to my coffee :) )

Or when you water count, does it have to be pure water??? Cause ive been counting my coffee as "water". Sorry if I'm being unclear :S

Help? Thank you :)
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I work at a nursing home and a few months ago our dietician did a hydration in-service with staff. When she talked about having eight glasses a day she spoke more in terms of all fluids and not just water. Although, I do believe that just pure water is best. However, I include any fluid really...and yes, I include coffee as well. I know for a fact that I do not drink near enough fluids per day! Not sure about the jello!

I wouldn't include coffee. It's a diuretic and makes you pee more than you actually consume so it actually dehydrates you. I also wouldn't consider 2 cups of jello 2 cups of water. The amount of water each person needs is variable, it's not always 8 cups. You could need more or less than that. But drinking 4 cups of coffee, eating 2 cups of jello, and only drinking 2 cups of water probably isn't nearly enough.

Ok thanks for your input! I think I'm going to make it my goal I get at least 4 cups of pure water per day. :)

That's a good idea. If you hate the taste of water you can try mixing half juice and half water and then slowly decrease the amount of juice you use until you can handle pure water. Or what about trying Crystal Light or another one of those powders you add to water? Also, in some areas the water just doesn't taste good. If that's the case, maybe buying those jugs of water from the grocery store would make it easier to drink.

8 cups a day is a myth.

Everybody's body is different. The chances that YOU need 8 cups a day are small.

I think this article from the Mayo Clinic provides a good answer to your question.

Mayo Clinic

  • The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.
  • "Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day," because all fluids count toward the daily total.
  • How much additional fluid you need depends on how much you sweat during exercise, and the duration and type of exercise....Also, continue to replace fluids after you're finished exercising.
  • On average, food provides about 20 percent of total water intake.
  • beverages such as milk and juice are composed mostly of water. Even beer, wine and caffeinated beverages — such as coffee, tea or soda — can contribute, but these should not be a major portion of your daily total fluid intake.
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You need 4L/day if you're male.  1L will come from food (count your jello as food), 3L from fluids.  Coffee is a MILD diuretic.  The amount of mgs of caffeine equals what you will lose in mL of water.  So a 12oz (375ml) sized coffee will have about 160 mg of caffeine.  375ml-160ml= 215mL water.

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