Skip to main content

Depressed? Drink Water!

Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She researches and shares remedies for using certain products for illnesses.


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.

Therefore, it stands to reason that water helps when a person is depressed.

Water: 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. Other drinks will make you more agitated, irritated, and moody.

No Substitute For Water

People make the mistake of 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. Therefore, it is best to avoid coffee, tea, juices, soda, and alcohol when you are depressed. The body is smart enough to distinguish water from other liquids. It is interesting that anything other than water actually can cause dehydration in the body. People are never at their best when they do not drink enough water.

You get so little water from your fruits, vegetables, and other foods that it doesn't count very much toward the recommended amount of water you need each day. Food usually provides as little as 20 percent of your daily water intake. Therefore, you need to make up the difference by drinking plain water and instead of sugary drinks.

Scroll to Continue

Drink Water To Eliminate Depression

Most people do not relate depression with being dehydrated. However, when you experience depression, simply drinking more water will help wash away depression and anxiety.

Water can also provide increased motivation and energy. The next time you find yourself depressed, increasing your water intake will make you feel so much 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 no less than 80 ounces of water each day. If you weigh more, then you should drink more water. Remember, your body knows how to do the math.

No Substitutes For Water

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

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 06, 2017:

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

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 06, 2017:

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

Related Articles