The summer is coming to an end. Schools are starting back up, vacations are over, and reality is settling in. Have you been off your routine these past couple months? Have you maybe indulged on a few extra sangrias on those beautiful hot summer days? Or maybe (as coach Alan would say) “Beer O’clock” has been extended a couple extra hours? It’s no hidden secret that alcohol usually plays a role in many summer routines. But its also no secret, that alcohol will negatively affect our health.
Now, is the message of this blurb to stop you from drinking alcohol? No. Knowing that alcohol is part of our summer routine is OK. However, it’s important to understand the consequences of letting the summer enjoyment continue for too long.
So let’s talk about some of the things that alcohol actually does to your health:
- Increases inflammation in your body. That’s right! If you wake up the next day with your joints a little achy, you know why!
- Alcohol effects your overall metabolism. We cannot store alcohol like we do with other macronutrients (Protein, Fats and Carbs). Here is an analogy that most people can relate to: Think of yourself being in a line-up waiting to be served. Then someone cuts in the front of that line and gets served right away while you have to just sit there and wait. Totally unfair right? Well, alcohol is the one cutting in front, and you are the food waiting to be digested. And lets be real, the food you are probably consuming with alcohol is probably not a delicious, healthy meal. Most times, it’s usually high fat or high sugary foods that are even worse for your body!
- Alcohol dehydrates you! It is so crucial for our body to be properly hydrated. Here are just a couple reasons why: Keeps joints lubricated, delivers nutrients to cells, and keeps your organs functioning properly.
Again, is this to scare you from drinking alcohol? NO! But is it important that we realize these things when drinking? YES. So here are some solutions to help you get back on track!
- Hydrate your body! Get yourself a big water bottle, and keep it with you all day. Rule of thumb —> Drink half your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 150lbs, drink 75oz MINIMUM.
- If you’re missing that sparkling sensation, then go buy some sparkling water. There are some really good brands like Bubblé, Lacroix, etc that you can buy at any local grocery store.
- If you’re missing that sweet taste, add some fruits/veggies into your bottled water! A piece of lemon and a cucumber, or a couple strawberries and blueberries! YUM.
Hope you have been having an amazing summer, and hope these little tips will help!
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