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The Role of Water in Recovery

Sleepiness. Muscle soreness. Headache. Constipation. Dizziness. Dry mouth. What do all of these things have in common? The answer may shock you. They are all physical symptoms of dehydration. If you are in recovery, these symptoms may be altogether too familiar to you. Dehydration can have a significant effect on your recovery, both physically and mentally. Dehydration also causes anxiety and depression, again two conditions that are likely no stranger to you. In fact, you may have inadvertently been hindering your own progress through recovery by not drinking enough water. Take a look below as we answer some commonly asked questions about water.

How much water should you drink? Researchers say we should be drinking half of our body weight in ounces every day. If you weigh 100 lbs, you need at least 50 ounces of water per day. If you drink any soda or alcohol, you need to drink the same volume in water in addition to your 50 ounces. Now let’s add recovery to the equation. If you are in recovery, you need to drink 50 percent more water than someone not recovering from addiction. According to our example then, instead of 50 ounces, you would need to drink 75 ounces based on a weight of 200 lbs. If you are exercising regularly, increase your daily intake of water even more.

Why is water so important to the body? Not only does water keep the symptoms listed above at bay, but it also fuels the process in your body that regulates mood and hormone release. It provides lubrication and support for several other functions, too. As if that isn’t enough, your liver and kidney rely on water to function properly and remove toxins from your body. Without adequate water, these toxins build in your body and decrease immune system effectiveness.

Don’t make your recovery harder than it needs to be…drink plenty of water every day.

If you or a loved one is dealing with addiction and feels like it might be bigger than you, please call Villa Tranquil at 214-799-3080 to speak with a member of the team and determine what Villa Tranquil can do to help you get through this. You are not in this alone, and Villa Tranquil offers a multitude of services like mentoring, group sessions, and counseling to help you find your best you. Don’t wait another day, call Villa Tranquil now!