Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Kick Off the Fourth of July With A Nice Cold...
If you're reading this and are unfortunate enough to still be stuck at work (like I am), you're probably counting down the hours (or maybe minutes) until you can fly out the door and officially commence your Fourth of July celebrations. I don't know about you, but mine will start with a margarita or a glass of Sancerre or really any type of cold, delicious cocktail that involves a little bit (okay, a lot) of alcohol.
But I digress. Cocktails are not the point of this blog post.
What I really want to write about is the importance of hydrating - with water, that is. We often pay such short shrift to the amount of water we take in each day, but drinking enough water is oh-so-essential to your body and your health. Really, it is. Water flushes toxins out of your organs (especially that poor overworked liver), carries nutrients throughout your body, keeps you energized, helps your skin stay vibrant and young, aids digestion and also helps stave off hunger.
And it's especially crucial for you to get enough water when you're battling a heat wave (I am, by the way, officially over the East Coast heat), exercising and sweating a lot, or celebrating the Fourth of July with a massive amount of alcohol consumption (ah hem...).
So, okay, we've established that drinking water is important, especially over these next few days. Just how much do we need a day?
One good rule to remember is the 8x8 rule - you should drink AT LEAST eight 8-oz glasses of water per day. That comes out to 1.9 liter per day. And, according to the Institute of Medicine, women should consume 2.7 liters of water per day (which includes water from all beverages and food - ie, soups, juices, etc.) and men should consume 3.7 liters of water per day.
And, of course, if you're exercising and sweating a lot, facing extreme heat conditions or drinking alcohol, be sure to up your water intake even more.
So try this tomorrow - for every glass of alcohol you consume, drink at least one glass of water (and if you can't manage that... which, in the interest of full disclosure, I will have trouble with... try to drink at least half a glass of water). Trust me, your body will thank you - and you will realize this when you wake up on Thursday morning WITHOUT a hangover.