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Depressed? Drink Water!

Updated on September 26, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks writes for HubPages and Blasting News. She loves sharing interesting information with people all over the world.

Depression is a mood disorder that stems from the brain. Because the brain is 85 percent water, when you are depressed you also become dehydrated. Dehydration is bad for the brain.

Water Is The Best Thing To Drink When Depressed

When you are depressed, the worst thing you can do is to drink beverages other than water. Caffeine will increase depression. Therefore, drinking soda, tea, and coffee will make you even more depressed. You should also limit alcohol if you are depressed. It is interesting that when people are depressed, they head to the liquor cabinet. That is a big mistake. While depressed people think alcohol will help, it will only make them more depressed. So, they drink more and the cycle continues.

There is a simple way to explain what happens when a depressed person drinks. Alcohol and the other drinks mentioned cause dehydration because the body will need more water to remove alcohol from the body. Of course, it depends on the drink. Usually, it takes at least three times the amount of water to process the drink. That is simple math. If you drink 8 ounces of beer, it will take your body 24 ounces of water to flush out that amount of beer. What if you don't drink 24 ounces of water? Your body is very smart. If you don't give your body the amount of water that it needs, guess what? Your body will take the water it needs from your bones, your muscles, and your brain.

Your body is very smart. If you don't give it the amount of water that it needs, your body will take the water it needs from your bones, your muscles, and your brain.

Water: A Quencher For Depression

Water is a quencher for depression. When the body is dehydrated, a person can become anxious, nervous and depressed. Water can calm your nerves.

No Substitute For Water

It's important to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. When a body does not have enough, the person often feels lethargic, grumpy, and get headaches.

Keep in mind that drinking other liquids, such as coffee, tea, juices, soda or alcohol, does not take the place of water. The body can distinguish water from other liquids. It is interesting that anything other than water actually can cause dehydration in the body.

You get so little water from your fruits, vegetables, and other foods that it counts very little toward the recommended amount of water each day. Food usually provides as little as 20 percent of your water intake.

People make the mistake by thinking when they are dehydrated they can drink anything. The body can distinguish water from other liquids. Anything other than water actually can cause dehydration in the body.

Drink Water To Eliminate Depression

When you experience depression, simply drinking more water will help. Drinking water will help wash about depression and anxiety.

Most people do not relate depression with being dehydrated. However, when you are depressed, try drinking more water and see what happens.

Besides eliminating your depression, it has also given you increased motivation and energy. The next time you find yourself depressed, increasing your water intake will make you feel better.

How Much Water Is Enough For Depression?

How much water should you drink for depression? While drinking water will not miraculously cure all types of depression, it will surely help if a person is chronically dehydrated.

The Mayo Clinic suggests drinking half of your body weight in ounces of water on a daily basis. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, you should drink about 80 ounces of water.

No Substitutes For Water

  • Juice
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Sugary Drinks
  • Alcohol

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      Margaret Minnicks 14 months ago from Richmond, VA

      MsDora, I always try to share helpful information that people would like to know. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Dora Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      That's a lot of water to drink, but its worth it. Thanks for these very useful facts.