A secret to healthier holidays

I just love the holidays, especially the holiday cheer part. If you’re like me, you probably find yourself opting for the gingerbread latte over the green tea, and taking more glimpses of the cocktail menu than your typical, “I’ll just have water,” order. While this may make the waitress’s tip a little bit fatter, it certainly starts to wreak havoc on our bodies. And that’s just the start, all the rich, amazing, decadent dishes we only allow ourselves to indulge in during this time of joy and good cheer don’t do us any favors and we begin to feel puffy, fatigued and experience some of our most killer hangovers.

The thing to remember is this is the holidays after all, and indulging is a good thing for your overall wellbeing, we just have to be smart about it. And one of the best ways to start on a path of a healthy holiday is to remember to drink plenty of water.

I’m probably not telling you anything you haven’t already heard, but it’s a good reminder, for even the healthiest of us.

So, why is water so important? Well, first of all, as you probably learned in junior high, the majority of our bodies, our cells, are water – 60% to be exact. But some of our most important organs and systems are composed of much more than that: our brains are made up of 70%, our lungs 90% and our blood 83%. Our blood should be a primary focus during this time of year, it’s our body’s key mechanism for digesting our food, absorbing nutrients, and transporting waste (think hangovers). And it can’t do these very important jobs if we’re dehydrated.

During a typical day our bodies will use about 2.4 liters of water, that’s 10 cups of water per day we must replace just to keep up with our body’s daily activity. But add in a few grandmas famous cookies, a prime rib, and a few cocktails and the chances of you becoming dehydrated begins to rise quickly.

In order to help your cells help you during the holidays, here are a few tips that will ensure your holidays are off to a healthy start

Holiday H2O Tip #1: Drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water. That means if you’re 150lbs you need to drink at least 75 ounces of water each day to help your body eliminate all the toxins and waste from our rich foods. That’s 9 1/2 cups of water per day. And that’s not coffee, tea and soda, that’s pure water in addition to everything else.

Holiday H2O Tip #2: Drink 16oz of water in the morning before you eat or drink anything else. Your body’s done a lot of work while you’ve been sleeping and it starts the day dehydrated, this will wake up all your cells and get them off to a great start!

Holiday H2O Tip #3: Opt for mineral water and spring or artisanal waters. All of the types of water contain essential minerals and nutrients like magnesium, potassium, sodium, and trace minerals which are crucial elements for body hydrated and helping it function properly, especially when it’s under stress (think rich foods, a house full of extended family and a full social calendar)

Holiday H20 Tip #4: Mellow yellow. A good way to know if you’re getting plenty of water is the color of your pee. It should be a light yellow color. More color means less water, which means you need to drink up.

This is not to say this will cure your hangover, or keep those additional pounds off, BUT it might keep them at bay and it’s a great step to good health this holiday season.

So, I raise a glass of good ole H20 to you: “I wish thee health, I wish thee wealth, I wish thee gold in store, I wish thee heaven upon the earth. What more could I wish thee more?”

Peace, Love & Health – Mel

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One Comment on “A secret to healthier holidays”

  1. Tiffany
    November 5, 2012 at 8:14 pm #

    Great info! Loved the tip about half my body weight. And since I loathe plain water, maybe it’ll motivate me to lose weight. Ha!

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