Our expert says:
No we don't need 8 glasses of water a day! What adults require is a LIQUID intake of 2,5 litres (10 cups) a day. Liquid can include any type of clean water (which you dislike) or coffee, tea, rooibos tea, milk, fruit juice (dilute the fruit juices so reduce the energy content), and cold drinks. If you are already drinking 4-6 cups of tea a day (1,5 litres) then you only need to add another 4 cups of another liquid to make up your quota for the day. Do not try drinking 8 glasses of additional liquid daily over and above your normal intake of liquids, because this can lead to electrolyte imbalances and wash important minerals like potassium, sodium, magnesium and even calcium out of the body. Moderation is the key!
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