Since we’re talking about being ill this week… let's’ circle back to the importance of hydration! I’ve been saying FOREVER that good hydration is important to your wellness. It keeps your organs functioning optimally, helps your system flush out toxins and goes a long way to preventing headaches and other unpleasant conditions. But what about when you’re sick?
Hydration IS important when you’re sick, for the same reasons it’s important when you’re well… and sometimes, because we are sick, we may be losing fluids FASTER than we normally do. But the advice to drink LOTS of fluids, which insinuates you should drink a great deal MORE than you usually do, can be dangerous advice.
Yes, you should remain hydrated when you are sick. Yes, you may need to consume more water than you normally do, to replace extra fluids lost while sweating with fever, or if you have diarrhea or vomiting. BUT, the idea that you should drink huge amounts of water to ‘flush’ out your illness is misleading. TOO much water IS bad.
A good goal to aim for in general, is eight 8 oz glasses of water a day. If you are sick, drinking one or two more than that, will help replace any fluids you have lost. Don’t think that because you are sick though, you should be drinking multiple gallons of water a DAY, however. Too much water can have very serious health implications… and make recovering from a cold or flu that much harder.