Re: Does it have to be water?
Earlier last month, a report came out by the U.S. Institute of Medicine (of the National Academies ) regarding water (and salt) intake. The panel recommended a total of 125 oz and 91 oz per day for men and women, respectively. They said hydration needs did not have to be met solely through drinking the equivalent of a little over 8 glasses of water, but that caffeinated drinks (eg. coffee, soda, tea -- caffeine was justified because researchers say the diuretic effect is only temporary), juice, milk and food (eg. fruits) also could count toward the daily water intake.