The holidays are here. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s follow each other in quick succession, creating a whirlwind of togetherness and festivities over a one-month period. It’s very exciting – the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes – but it can also be taxing on your body.
At Water Way, we always recommend one thing above all else, no matter what you’re doing: drink lots of water. And that advice is even more important for the holiday season.
Big Reasons Why Drinking Water Is Important
For starters, you’ll have so much going on that you’ll need to keep up your energy levels. Staying hydrated ensures your nutrients are feeding your body and giving your cells the energy they need. Dehydration slows that process.
Staying hydrated also makes for a more pleasant holiday experience. Dehydration causes irritability, fatigue, aches and cramps, and other nasty symptoms that will seriously put a damper on the holiday spirit.
Drinking lots of water can even keep down that dreaded and seemingly-inevitable weight gain that comes from eating tons of turkey, dressing, and dessert. There is a proven link between drinking plenty of water and maintaining a healthy weight.
Finally, if you imbibe adult holiday beverages (we all know what we’re saying), then you can avoid hangovers by staying hydrated.
Simple Tips for Staying Hydrated
To get the benefits of staying hydrated, drink enough water so that you never feel thirsty throughout the day. Your urine should be clear. When you pinch the skin above your knuckles, it should snap back into place.
Drink plenty of water before you eat each meal. It allows you to still enjoy delicious holiday meals without overeating. Match each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. And get in the habit of carrying a reusable water bottle around with you and drinking from it throughout the day.
Turkey is a big part of the holidays. So are presents. Water should be one, too. (In fact, if you want to put a five-gallon water bottle beneath the tree, we won’t complain.)