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Holiday Hydration Tips

The countdown to Christmas and New Year’s Eve has begun. This week is sure to be a festive one for office parties, rendezvous with college pals and family celebrations. I have a few tips and little known facts I’d like to share with you to help you navigate your way through this party season.

If you are hosting a party, instead of serving sodas for the designated drivers and non drinkers, pour coconut water in an ice cube tray and place a cranberry or raspberry in each space in the tray. Freeze. Add these jazzy cubes to sparkling water or punch. They look cheerful and add essential electrolytes to the beverage.

A little vino or booze can ease stress, anxiety and may even protect against serious diseases, but you should know that as women age, the body retains less water, so alcohol becomes more concentrated in the system and more potent. This may mean some women won’t tolerate as many drinks as they did in the past.

Another little known fact is that over the course of a lifetime, our kidneys become less efficient in transporting water to our tissues. The result can be inadequate hydration. Since the majority of our body is water, it is important to stay hydrated. Make a point of sipping water throughout the day to keep your brain, organs and skin functioning.

If you have enjoyed yourself until the wee hours and had a few too many cocktails, drink a glass of coconut water before you go to bed. This will help reduce the hangover the next day. Also, drink a green smoothie with ginger, lemon, fruit and fresh greens like spinach in the morning to support elimination of the alcohol and restore healthy digestion.

Of course, assign a designated driver or use a car service to stay safe and sound.

Happy Holidays!

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Patty KelleyComment