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How Much Water Should You be Drinking in Detox?

If you’re going into detox, you are probably going in at least a little dehydrated. You may have been neglecting your health, including not drinking enough water. If you’re an alcoholic, constant drinking has probably left you dehydrated. Upon entering detox, one of the first things they do is give you IV fluids to start rehydrating you.

Withdrawal and dehydration can be a vicious cycle, especially if you start out dehydrated. Withdrawal symptoms from many drugs include vomiting, fever, diarrhea, and sweating–all things that make dehydration worse. The more dehydrated you are, the worse your symptoms are. If you want withdrawal to be as easy as possible, you have to drink as much water as you can.

That may mean drinking a lot more water than you’re used to. It may be an uncomfortable amount, especially if you feel nauseous. How much water you drink depends on how big you are. A rough estimate is that you should drink a pint a day for every 25 pounds of body weight. So if you weigh 180 pounds, try to drink a little over seven pints, or just under a gallon of water. This is a very rough estimate and it depends on how you feel. You may feel very thirsty either because you’re sweating a lot or maybe your medication dries you out. In that case, drink more. If your stomach is sloshing with water, slow down a bit.

Staying hydrated not only makes makes up for a deficit and eases your symptoms, but it also helps you detox. The organs your body uses to flush out toxins all require water. Your liver, kidneys, digestive tract, and skin all need water to do their jobs. The medical staff know how important it is for you to drink plenty of water, and they will remind you.

There are a few tricks that will help you get hydrated faster. The first is not to chug, which will make you feel gross and pee a lot. Instead, take many, frequent sips and let your body assimilate it a little at a time. The second thing is to drink water with food if you can. If you feel nauseous, you may not be able to eat much, but if you can at least eat some crackers or soup it can help you rehydrate. Something with a bit of salt–like crackers or soup–is good because the salt replaces electrolytes and helps you keep in the water you drink. Soup also has water built right in, so that’s a bonus. If you can’t eat, a little Gatorade might help, but don’t go overboard because it has loads of sugar.

Basically, you can’t go wrong with water and lots of it. If you don’t like water, add some lemon. Stay away from soft drinks because they have a lot of sugar and salt and a bit of caffeine. Salt is only helpful in small amounts and caffeine is a diuretic, which dehydrates you. And sugar is just bad for you. Tea may actually help you rehydrate, despite the caffeine. Just make sure you drink real tea without added salt or sugar, and don’t drink too much of it or too late in the day, as it might disturb your sleep.

 

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