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How Much Water Should You Drink During Detox?

One underrated danger of detox is dehydration. If you have been drinking heavily or just generally neglecting your health, you may enter detox already dehydrated. This is especially bad because detoxing can cause nausea and vomiting, making it difficult to drink enough water to rehydrate.

Dehydration isn’t a minor issue. Even if you aren’t going through withdrawal, dehydration can cause headaches, confusion, and nausea. If you are going through withdrawal, dehydration can make your symptoms much worse.

Not only does dehydration make your symptoms worse, but your symptoms can also make your dehydration worse. Vomiting, fever, sweating, and diarrhea, all common withdrawal symptoms, are among the most common causes of dehydration.

Dehydration and withdrawal can create a downward cycle. That is why detox clinics typically administer I.V. fluids and electrolytes right away. Dehydration is one of the easiest detox problems to fix but it can also make the whole process worse if left untreated.

Adequate hydration is necessary for the detox process itself. Your body basically has three ways of getting rid of toxins: through the digestive system, through the urinary tract, and through the skin. Dehydration slows all these down. When your body is trying to get rid of toxins, you want to give it as much help as possible, which means giving it plenty of water to flush out the gunk.

How much water you need mainly depends on two factors. The first factor is how big you are. Bigger bodies need more water. As a rough estimate, men should drink about a gallon and women should drink about three quarts. The second factor is how bad your symptoms are. If you lose a lot of water through sweating, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea, then you have to make up for that loss by drinking more.

When in doubt, drink more water. Unless you are running a marathon in July while detoxing, the consequences of overhydration are minimal compared to the consequences of underhydration. Even if you don’t feel very thirsty, if you can drink a little water then you should. You may end up drinking a lot more water than you are used to but detox requires more water than your body typically uses.

This mainly applies if you are detoxing at home. If you are detoxing in a clinic, the staff is aware how important hydration is and in addition to I.V. fluids, they will periodically remind you to keep drinking water.

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