How Much Water Do I Really Need To Drink To Be Healthy?

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Recovery from alcoholism can make dehydration seem like a thing of the past. It’s hard to recall all the painful sensations of waking up with a sandpaper mouth, insides stuck together, screaming for some water. That feeling of absolute weakness as if you’ve been abandoned to the middle of the desert is never as strong in recovery as it is in alcoholism. Still, getting dehydrated is easy, even without alcohol. Staying hydrated is important for the mind, the body, and even the spirit. Keeping balance in all three areas is important for recovery. The brain needs water. Without regular hydration, you can feel dizzy, lightheaded, and have difficulty concentrating or making decisions. The body needs water to survive. Kidneys need water in order to flush out and process toxins. Water is, as it is often said, life. Here is what you need to know about water:

Being Thirsty Actually Means You’re Dehydrated

Feeling thirsty isn’t a sign of being thirsty. By the time your body sends signals that you need some water, it is already dehydrated. Drinking small amounts of water throughout the day can help you stay hydrated and avoid this state. Anything past thirst can result in severe dehydration symptoms.

You Don’t Have To Drink Water To Get Hydrated

For some, the idea of drinking once upon ounce of plain water all day is unbearable. Plain old water is not the only source of hydration. Tea, soup, watery fruits and vegetables (plus their juices) can be hydrating because of their water content. However, they will never be as quenching as the original H2O.

Does Sparkling Water Count

Seltzer, sparkling water, club soda, and other fancy water variants are all hydrating. The added sodium, sweeteners and sugars can provide more harm to the body than these beverages water content can provide good.

What’s The Ideal Amount Of Water

Some health professionals argue that the body really needs at least a gallon of water a day. Most people do not have the time for that many bathroom breaks. The general rule of thumb is to drink at least half your body weight in fluid ounces. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you’ll want to drink 75 ounces of water. An average “glass” of water is about 8 ounces. You’ll want to put down about 8 glasses of water per day.

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