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Does Diet Soda Count As Water Intake?

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author image Janet Renee, MS, RD
Janet Renee is a clinical dietitian with a special interest in weight management, sports dietetics, medical nutrition therapy and diet trends. She earned her Master of Science in nutrition from the University of Chicago and has contributed to health and wellness magazines, including Prevention, Self, Shape and Cooking Light.
Does Diet Soda Count As Water Intake?
Diet soda may count towards water intake. Photo Credit Liv Friis-Larsen/iStock/Getty Images

Despite its vital importance, water is often the most undervalued dietary component. Water makes up a large portion of your body composition. Each day, you lose up to 3 quarts of water, making daily replenishment crucial. Water is involved in more bodily processes than any other nutrient. It is recommended that you drink between 8 to 10 glasses of water daily. It can be confusing when you're trying to figure out what counts toward your water consumption each day.

Diet Soda and Daily Water Requirement

You may be surprised to know that because beverages such as diet soda are composed primarily of water, they do count towards your daily water requirement. However, you must take into consideration diet soda additives such as sodium and caffeine that may actually remove water from your body. Because of this, it's crucial that you avoid relying solely on diet soda to meet your daily recommended water intake.

Spruce Up Your Water

Even though you know water is vital to your health, you may have a hard time getting the recommended intake. Perhaps you find water boring or unpalatable. A good option is to jazz up your water with natural flavors such as a squeeze of lemon or even a splash or cranberry juice. You can find a variety of natural water flavor enhancers on the market as well. These commonly come in liquid or powder form and usually only require one drop or a few sprinkles.

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