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Hydration Is More Important Than Ever When You’re A Woman In Early Recovery

How often do we think to drink? When we feel an urge to hydrate, are we reaching for liquids that help our body or are we reaching for instantaneous pleasures that quench the urge, but don’t fix the problem? Not all hydration is created equal. Even though we are consuming liquid, we may not be consuming the water source that we need. Women in early recovery from alcoholism have turned to problematic liquids for some time. Alcohol intoxication is severely dehydrating, which can lead to a number health effects, some of which can be severe. Women who have lived with active alcoholism have harmed their bodies through dehydration. Even if they hydrated in between episodes of severe alcohol consumption, their body was still paying the price.

Weeks and months into recovery, even years in, the body is still trying to recuperate. Many of the symptoms of detox and withdrawal from alcoholism, which can carry on for up to two years, are exacerbated by dehydration. After the initial early recovery period, the symptoms of dehydration can be reminiscent of detox and withdrawal, which can be triggering and stressful. Headaches, moodiness, muscle cramps, digestive problems, and cravings for sugar are all symptoms of dehydration and detox from alcohol. Problematically, prolonged dehydration can lead to complications in the liver and the kidneys. Even after regular alcohol abuse is long abandoned, regular dehydration can worsen or cause these problems.

How much water do you need?

The gold standard for water consumption for adults is set at about six to eight glasses of water each day, if the glasses are about eight ounces a piece. Some advocate drinking half your body weight in fluid ounces each day. Others suggest that consuming an entire gallon of water each day is peak hydration status. The best way to tell how much water you need is by mindfully checking in with your mental state and your physical state. When you’re feeling low energy, having difficulty concentrating, or suddenly craving a snack, water might be your answer. Another way to keep tabs on your hydration status is to check in on the color of your urine and how often you urinate. If you are urinating frequently, you are somewhat hydrated. If you urinate infrequently, you may be dehydrated. If your urine is anywhere from a dark gold, nearing brown color to a more brilliant gold color, this is a sign of dehydration. Your urine should ideally be as clear or as close to clear as possible, meaning a very pale to completely transparent color.

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