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How many times have you heard that you should drink plenty of water? Probably many times, right? Well the great news is that water is quite inexpensive and it’s something you can start getting more of right away.
The Mayo Clinic references information from the Institute of Medicine that I think is quite noteworthy. The Institute determined that an adequate intake for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The amount for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. But the Clinic points out that one needs to remember that a variety of fluids and foods containing water can be included in this total. Also the climate in which one lives is also a factor in how much is required.
Of course if one is taking medication then he/she should discuss any fluctuation of water levels with his/her doctor.
Dr. Louise Chang discusses on MedicineNet.com six health benefits of drinking water. Water is beneficial for a variety of reasons, some of which are: transporting nutrients, oxygen and glucose throughout the body, helping you flush toxins out of your body, lubricating joints and cushioning organs, aiding in digestion and relieving constipation and overall wellness. When one considers that 85% of brain tissue is water, it seems a good incentive for the anxiety sufferer to ensure he/she is getting adequate amounts of water.
I’m not here to preach about how much water for anxiety is required, but I would like to chime in about my personal experience. I started increasing my water intake a while back and noticed I had more energy and tended to eat less (which was a good thing since I had been trying to lose a few pounds). Overall I can honestly say that my mood was better.
My experience started me thinking about some important things:
For people that are really ill, how many of them drink enough water? What if they did?
For people that are constantly buying more supplements or trying the next health craze: how many first consider something as basic as whether they are drinking enough water? What if they did?
How many doctors ask their patients how much water they’re consuming when they present with a problem? What if they did?
So what is my take on water for anxiety or water for panic attacks?
Let me be clear about the health benefits of drinking water: doing so will not cure your anxiety. But many anxiety sufferers worry about their physical health not just their mental health. And it can be quite relaxing for the anxiety sufferers to know that they are getting adequate amounts of water and addressing an important aspect of their health.
While I think it is important to carefully look at your own hydration levels and ensure you are getting enough water, you would do well to look at evidenced based practices for anxiety. That’s exactly what I provide in my free newsletter.
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References (Is Water One of the Natural Remedies for Anxiety?)
Mayo Clinic. Water: How much should you drink every day? Retrieved on December 10, 2012, from: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283
Medicine Net. Zelman, K. Retrieved on December 9, 2012, from: