Does my daily morning coffee count? 
Surprise: It does, per a new study from the University of Birmingham in England. Researchers asked java drinkers to sip either coffee or water and found that caffeine isn’t dehydrating. There’s a caveat, though. If you never drink caffeine and then have a cup of coffee, it acts as a diuretic and draws water from your body, explains Leslie Spry, MD, spokesperson for the National Kidney Foundation. “But if you have coffee regularly,” he adds, “your body becomes habituated and it doesn’t have the same effect.” Other beverages, including tea, milk, OJ and sports drinks, also work, although you don’t want to overcaffeinate or down too much sugar. What to avoid? Soft drinks, even diet kinds. “They have salt, which dehydrates you,” Dr. Peeke says. “So many women think, Ahh, how refreshing! But soda just sucks fluid out of your cells.”

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