Every Other One Water is a campaign to raise awareness of the impact of too much alcohol or caffeine, and how drinking more water (or non-alcoholic / caffeine alternatives) can improve wellbeing.
Alternate caffeinated drinks with water. Many people drink quite a few cups of tea or coffee during the day and / or bottles of cola – all of which have a significant caffeine content. High levels of caffeine can lead to difficulty sleeping, irritability, stomach upset or raised heartbeat. Anything over four cups of tea or coffee a day can have an adverse impact.
So try to have some water between each caffeinated drink, swop to herbal teas or change to decaffeinated tea / coffee. Likewise, to swop to decaffeinated cola drinks or drink sparkling water with sugar free squash instead or have some water between each can/bottle.
Cutting back gradually, drinking one less cup / can each day, is better than stopping the caffeine intake in one fell swoop, which can lead to a detox headache.
Alternate alcoholic drinks with water
Alcohol is a diuretic, which means that it makes you urinate more, leading to dehydration. Dehydration is one of the major causes of hangover symptoms like thirst, dizziness and headaches. Therefore, the more water you drink to rehydrate before, during and after drinking, the less severe your hangover is likely to be the next morning.
Have a big glass of water before you start drinking, then try to drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink that you have over the course of the night. Drinking water in between alcoholic drinks will also slow the speed of your alcohol consumption, preventing you from drinking too much too quickly.
The next morning, regardless of how you feel, drink another big glass of water. Drink it at room temperature if water from the fridge is too hard on your stomach. You can also rehydrate and replace lost electrolytes by drinking energy drinks or coconut water. Orange juice will also help give you energy.
Avoid caffeine the morning after drinking, as this will only dehydrate you further. If you absolutely need a hit, limit yourself to just one cup of coffee or have something less intense, like an iced tea.
Your body will thank you for it in the morning!
For further information and advice on how to Drink for Wellbeing, visit our other Fit4Life pages.