Ah, yes. It's Dry July once again, which means a lot of people will attempt to commit to laying off alcohol in an effort to raise funds for people affected by cancer.
While it's for a noble cause, the idea of giving up alcohol for an entire month is easier said than done. But if one manages to do so, they hold the great opportunity to change their relationship with alcohol.
Many are privy to how alcohol affects the body and how it can have an immense impact on our health. Veering off anything alcoholic for an entire month can make you realise how alcohol affects you personally. It also gives you a chance to detoxify your body from it, at least for the time being.
If you plan on participating in Dry July, taking a break from alcohol and making small improvements to your fitness routine and diet can result in an increase in energy levels, clearer skin, better sleep, and money saved.
Dry July ambassador Dr Cris Beer even revealed just how far you can go from avoiding alcohol for a month: you can lose up to four kilos of weight, improve sleep concentration by 10%, reduce anxiety levels, enhance concentration, lower cholesterol, and a slew of other health benefits.
If you think you're up for it, here are some tips that can help you maintain your sobriety all the way through:
Make hydration a priority
Alcohol is a known diuretic, preventing your body from extracting water from urine in the kidneys. You can mitigate this effect by drinking lots of liquids every day, particularly water.
For women, it's recommended that you consume about 2.1 litres a day, while men would need about 2.6 litres. You should also avoid sugary drinks, carbonated drinks, and energy drinks. If you're craving for something sweet, a good trick would be to add fruit to your water.
Eat a healthy diet
If you're the type who consume alcohol regularly, a sudden halt in alcohol intake may result in withdrawal symptoms like sugar cravings. That is because the pancreas has become accustomed to having a regular supply of sugar.
If you get the urge to drink even a tiny sip of alcohol, eat something that will regulate your blood sugar levels instead. Munching on boiled egg or unsalted nuts is a good idea.
Additionally, eating healthy also allows your body to recuperate from the damages caused by drinking alcohol. You have the chance to restore damaged tissues in your organs, improve your overall mood, and strengthen your immune system.
Opt for virgin drinks
If you're really craving for alcohol but are adamant on sticking to finishing Dry July, there's a workaround—drinking virgin beverages instead. These drinks may not have the kick that alcohol provides, but at least they allow you to enjoy a relaxing concoction without giving you an added buzz. Besides, you can consume as many as you can without the guilt. It's a win-win.
If you're participating in Dry July, we wish you the best of luck. Keep in mind the tips above, which will help you get through the challenge successfully.
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