The spirited white drink! – Birds on the Blog

The spirited white drink!

Interestingly, the definition of celebration and social gatherings typically revolves around food and drinks with alcohol, being the most obvious one. It is the time of the year when binge drinking is not uncommon. It is also the time of the year when we gladly push out any health-related topic until the New Year! Whereas it is actually the best time of the year, when being a little bit mindful and sensible can help us enjoy the festivities & holiday season better.

Life as we know, would not exist without the four elements of nature – Fire, Earth, Air & Water. In this article, let’s focus on water. In ancient times, people either harvested rain in big containers or dug deeper into the earth to find water. As the population grew, cities grew, humans started to find innovative ideas for getting water. We cannot sustain life without water. It is the most essential nutrient for our existence. Have you ever gone through an entire day without water? I am sure we all have but how many have really noticed the impact that it has had at the end of the day. Did we ever try? All we say to ourselves that we are “dehydrated.” But what is the impact of that dehydration?

Now, we all know that 60% of our body is made up of water. Water carries many nutrients to our cells. Water transports waste to the kidneys and is essential for other bodily functions. If we are ill, have any infection or are taking medication, what is the first thing the doctor will tell you? – Drink lots of water (fluids)! During Covid, the first suggestion GPs gave was to drink lots of water and keep yourself hydrated. Why?

What does water do to my body?

There are many benefits. However, below are some eye openers:

  1. Water and Blood! 

Blood carries oxygen to various parts of the body. We know the importance of oxygen! And guess what, our blood is 90% water.

  1. Water and Hormones! 

Water is needed to produce hormones and neurotransmitters. When you are dehydrated for a longer time, it reduces your ability to think, focus, reason and decision making.

  1. Water and internal system!
  2. It prevents constipation and protects organs and tissues. It regulates your bowel movements, flushes bacteria from your bladder. It transports waste to the kidney and lungs for excretion.

Always Remember Our Blood is 90% water!

Apart from the above benefits, it protects your spinal cord, normalizes body temperature, cushions your joints, weight loss etc. I can go on and on with the list.

So, we are now in the holiday season which is filled with lots of goodies which include amongst other things – coffee, tea, alcohol & chocolates. These all have a diuretic effect on our system; with alcohol having a significantly higher diuretic effect. What is a diuretic?

A diuretic is a substance that results in the body producing an increased amount of urine.

Any substance with a diuretic effect increases dehydration. So Yes! Even chocolates dehydrate us! This happens because the release of hormones (needed for water re-absorption) is blocked. And to reduce this effect we need to not only be mindful of alcohol and other diuretic substance consumption but also need to consciously drink lots of water to stay hydrated.

How much quantity of water do I need per day?

According to Medical News Today, the average recommended daily intake of water from both food and drink is:

For men: Around 3.7 litres or 125 ounces (around 25 glasses!)

For Women: Around 2.7 litres or 91 ounces (around 18+ glasses!)

However, the requirement may vary from person to person. The general rule of thumb is 2 to 3 glasses of water/ hour or more if you are sweating heavily, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

How can I achieve this?

Ideas to take away during this season:

Start your day with water!

  • Set a reminder every hour to begin with and eventually you will be there!
  • Carry water with you. Oh, and do not wait for your body to remind you to drink 125 ounces or 91 ounces of water. That is not going to happen. Just do it.
  • Swap, swap, swap sugary drinks to water. You can imagine if you had so many glasses of sugary drinks what might happen!
  • Add a slice of lime or lemon wedge, cucumber, oranges, or strawberries to improve the taste of water if you wish.
  • If you have a party in the evening, make sure to plan your day and stay hydrated.
  • Make sure to have water between meals.

Just with a few simple steps, you will start to realize that not only you are able to enjoy the festival without any hangover, but you are also on your health goal ahead of time!

Happy Healthy Holidays!

 

AUTHOR: Parnita Senjit

About the Author Parnita Senjit

• Parnita Senjit has been a registered wellness coach for more than 19 years. Apart from this, her creative journey has taken her through being an Interior Designer, a portrait artist, an Author of series Lil' Leo and a Motivational Speaker.