Originally Posted by freelancemomma
I've always been in the "drink when you're thirsty" camp. I almost never drink plain water as the coffee, tea and juice I drink seem to hydrate me just fine. (My pee is never dark.) I suppose that drinking fluids on a schedule may be helpful for people who are unusually insensitive to thirst cues, but I don't think it needs to be plain water as long as the total fluid intake is adequate.
Just my two cents,
Everything I've read lately says that you do need to drink water, but the water in food and coffee/tea/soda count as "water". It makes sense. Your body is just going to filter out the non-water parts and use the water, anyway.