Today a catch phrase by the liquor industry is mindful drinking. Along with the warnings to “drink responsibly” and “don’t drink and drive”, “mindful drinking” has been added to the repertoire. Mindful drinking means preparing before, during and after consuming alcohol. This means hydrating with water. The benefits of hydrating with water when planning to drink alcohol is to maintain a healthy balance of fluids.
Water will minimize the effects of the alcohol while helping to flush out the toxins that it contains. Upon consuming alcohol it enters the bloodstream which affects all the organs in the body. The heart, liver, lungs, kidneys, and brain all have specific ways in which it processes alcohol. Today liquor commercials advise to take a water break, why? Because it is recognized that water has the ability to flush out toxins quickly, but also because alcohol although a beverage actually causes dehydration.
Dehydration and Alcohol
Staying hydrated with water while enjoying some cocktails, a night out or a party will lessen the effects of the alcohol. The effects of dehydration according to The University of Texas MD Anderson Center include:
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Decrease in urination
- Dark-yellow -or amber colored urine
- Decreased Skin elasticity
- Dry mouth and mucous membranes (lips, gums, nostrils)
- Low blood pressure
All of these symptoms can also be related to intoxication. It is hard to distinguish the cause and effect, is it the alcohol or dehydration, odds are that dehydration is heightening the effects of alcohol. By maintaining hydration with a steady intake of water and staving off the combination effects it allows the body to detoxify from the alcohol effects.
Binge Drinking Water Before, During, and After Consuming Alcohol
Most alcohol consuming occasions are known in advance which means that mindful drinking can be practiced. Hydration is of course essential every day, however, making mindful drinking of water before an event with alcohol can make it more enjoyable. By hydrating the body all day and taking water breaks it will counter the dual effects of dehydration and the effects of the alcohol.
Binge drinking water before, during and after consuming alcohol will improve mental clarity while helping the body to quickly dispel toxins. Binge drinking water with moderate alcohol consumption is a healthier way both physically and mentally to enjoy mindful drinking.
Measuring Water Intake
Hydracy was developed to help enjoy drinking water for a healthy life every day. The reusable 100% BPA FREE Tritan high quality plastic water bottle with a time marker feature makes it easy to track water consumption. It is the perfect companion to measure and ensure water intake before during and after consuming alcohol.
Designed to keep water cool for hours, Hydracy bottles are easy to carry and fit an optional infusion sleeve to add healthy flavor to the water. The sugar free, calorie free Hydra Sticks Electrolyte Powder with vitamins, electrolytes and minerals makes a great addition to mindful drinking.
Combining measurable water intake with a healthy infusion without artificial flavorings or colorings, is a great way to practice mindfulness drinking. Binge drinking water, before, during and after consuming alcohol is the healthy way to enjoy cocktails, spirits, beer, and wine.