Does tea count as water?

My new fav mug with one of my fav teas

My new fav mug with one of my fav teas

With the very excessive coldness that has surrounded me for the last month or so in New England the amount of tea and coffee I’ve been drinking has increased so as to keep my perpetually cold fingers warmer.

Basically what this means though, is that I’m not drinking quite as much water as I used to because I’m not feeling overly dehydrated.

This all of course got me thinking. Does my tea count as one of my 8 cups of water a day? I mean, it’s just flavored water, so why shouldn’t it? But both my coffee and tea are slightly more than that – they’re caffeinated and isn’t that kind of a diuretic?

Being a journalist, I naturally googled this. And what I found was pleasantly surprising! The answer is yes! The massive amounts of tea and coffee I drink do in fact count toward my water intake! Which is excellent as I have watched my pure water intake decrease over the last few weeks. I feel like I can’t be the only one this happens to in the cold months of winter.

That being said, I know that I should counter balance the caffeine in my tea and coffee with the pure water and drink that to stay hydrated, but omg its so cold!

So not my gif but amazingly accurate.

So not my gif but amazingly accurate.

So the problem is, for me at least, working in the pure water with my tea and coffee.

I’m so ready for winter to be over guys.