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Are You Drinking Enough Water?

We rarely consider just how important drinking water is for our mental and physical health. When we don’t drink enough water, our bodies and minds suffer. We may feel sluggish and mentally foggy throughout the day, making it more difficult to feel the energy and motivation we need to properly engage in our recovery.

Dehydration can have a major impact on our energy level. Dr. Ronald Navarro, in Reader’s Digest article by Lindsay Tigar entitled 10 Ways Your Body Changes When You Start Drinking Enough Water, explains, “Water is a basic need for cellular health. Cells contain water and are surrounded by water. In dehydration, cell membranes become less permeable, hampering the flow of hormones and nutrients into the cell and preventing waste products that cause cell damage from flowing out.” When this happens, we have less energy, motivation, and may feel fatigued throughout the day.

Most people have heard the advice to drink eight glasses of water a day, but different people may need more or less. The Mayo Clinic explains, “Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.” They recommend about 15.5 cups of fluids per day for men, and about 11.5 cups of fluids per day for women.

Even mild dehydration can have a strong impact on health. Sandee Lamott, in a 2017 CNN article entitled Are You Getting Enough Water to Stay Healthy, explains, “Dehydration means more water is moving out of your body’s cells than into them. And as this happens, it’s not just water that you lose. Small amounts of electrolytes critical to cell function and energy, such as sodium and potassium, are lost along with the water. You’re constantly losing water and electrolytes throughout the day via breath, sweat, urine and bowel movements, so even mild dehydration can exhaust you and affect many of your body’s daily functions.” Signs of dehydration may include dizziness, confusion, irritability, lethargy, and less frequent urination. When we start drinking enough water, however, we will find that our energy level rises, we feel mentally sharper, and are more motivated throughout the day.

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