The Benefits of Ditching The Wine In Favour Of Water

 

Well of course one of the benefits of ditching wine in favour of water is that your bank balance will also be that much more healthy.  Water is naturally the cheapest of beverages, but perhaps not the most exciting.

However, now is the time to think positive, and remember that although those fine wines might taste good, unfortunately too much could be detrimental to your health and wellbeing.

So What Else Do We Know About The Benefits Of Water

We know that water is the healthiest thing to drink.

Try to start each day with a tall glass of water. Water is exactly what your body needs after a night of sleep. Drinking water first thing in the morning gets your day off to a great start.

Your body is over 60% water, so it is important to replace the water you lose each day. You should have clean water available to drink at all times.

Staying Hydrated Is So Important

This is particularly important during intense exercise or high heat. Muscle is about 80% water content, so if you are exercising intensely and sweat a lot, staying hydrated is essential to help you perform at your best. Dehydration from heat can also have a detrimental effect if you lose as little as 2% of your body’s water content.

Alcohol Hydrates The Brain

Studies have shown that when dehydration occurs, the function of the brain becomes impaired. Productivity slows, and mild confusion can even occur.  Sleep patterns are also disrupted if the brain is dehydrated.  Heavy drinkers will know that although they may fall asleep quite easily, they wake frequently, and have difficulty getting back to sleep. This is largely due to the fact that alcohol dehydrates the brain, another good reason for ditching the wine.

Dehydration Can Affect Headaches and Migraines

One of the first things you should do if you feel a headache or migraine coming on is to drink a huge glass of water. Headache sufferers report some relief once they have rehydrated with water.   Drinking water is especially beneficial if you have overindulged in both food and wine and your body needs help digesting both.

Easy Ways To Ensure You Get More Water Into Your Body

Apart from the most obvious ways of getting more water into your body by simply drinking ‘neat’ water, you can enjoy other beverages such as tea and coffee made with water.  Vegetables such as cucumber, celery, lettuce, and fruit such as strawberries, pineapple, and melon all have high water content.  Light soups such as chicken noodle, and consomme are also beneficial.

Even mild dehydration can affect your mental and physical health, make sure you adjust your lifestyle to keep your body in the best of health.  The more water you drink, the better you will feel.

And we all know the complete reverse is true when you drink wine!

 

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