One of the key recommendations on the Second Nature programme is to drink 2 litres (8 glasses) of water every day.

We often get asked whether other drinks apart from water will count towards your overall fluid intake.

The answer: Yes, other fluids can be counted towards your 2 litre goal for the day. However, it's important to remember that drinks containing caffeine (e.g. coffee, black tea, and green tea) can have a diuretic effect on the body. This means these drinks may cause you to urinate more, which removes more water from the body and increases the risk of dehydration.

For this reason, we'd encourage you to try and meet the goal of 2 litres (8 glasses) of water intake per day by drinking decaffeinated drinks, such as water (sparkling or still), herbal teas, unflavoured milk, and decaffeinated coffee or tea.

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