Week 6: Healthy Hydration
This time of year, it’s common for many to overdo it with beverages. People often underestimate the effects that too much alcohol, caffeine and sugary drinks can have on their mind and body. Moreover, beverages, alcoholic and non-alcoholic, can add empty, unnecessary calories to your day.
The dry winter weather makes us more susceptible to dehydration so stay hydrated. A good rule of thumb is to drink eight, eight ounce glasses of water a day, although your hydration needs may vary depending on your size and activity. If you’re consuming alcohol, it’s especially important to stay hydrated. Alternate a glass of water in-between drinks.
Be aware of the calories in the drinks you’re choosing. Beverages mixed with cream and sugary mixers can have upwards of 400+ calories. For example, eggnog can have 300-400 calories per glass! The calories in juices and punches can add up, not to mention the high sugar content.
Cut Back on Caffeine
Too much caffeine can make you jittery, irritable and cause sleep issues. If you feel like you need an afternoon energy boost, skip the caffeine and try chewing a piece of mint gum, playing an energizing song or going for a quick walk.