Water, Please!


5 Reasons to Stay Hydrated During the Holiday Season

by Andrea McDonald, R.H.N.

  1. Boosts mood and energy levels

  2. Encourages weight loss and helps prevent bloating and puffiness

  3. Boosts athletic performance

  4. Healthier glow

  5. Helps prevent hangovers

The holiday season is upon us and indulgences are imminent. All the more reason to ensure water—our most important nutrient—becomes your holiday BFF as you navigate your way though the holiday festivities.

  • Water boosts mood and energy levels

Your noggin is highly influenced by hydration status. Even the slightest bit of dehydration can affect your mood, your concentration and working memory and can trigger headaches and fatigue. Keep ahead of it by starting each morning in December with a room temperature glass of water.

Better yet? Add the juice of half a squeezed lemon for a boost of immune-boosting Vitamin C and to kickstart the digestive system.

  • Water can help you lose weight and help prevent bloating and puffiness

Drinking more water increases satiety and boosts your metabolic rate. Try drinking 8-12 ounces of water half-an-hour before meals to reduce the risk of over-consuming at mealtimes or before hitting the canape tray.

Feeling boated and puffy? It may feel counter-intuitive, but staying well hydrated may help decrease water retention and flush toxins from the body.

  • Water boosts athletic performance 

Our bodies are comprised of 70-75 per cent water. Water plays an essential role in the optimal function of your body both during workouts and during rest and recovery. It’s the main component of our blood, carrying oxygen and nutrients to cells and removing waste products.

When fluids become depleted though sweat both your cells and blood decrease in water content and volume. Even being slightly dehydrated impedes athletic performance.

  • Water is the key to a healthy glow 

Looking for that fresh dewy look? Starting with a consistent hydration strategy makes the skin more supple and improves your complexion. Women should aim for 12 cups of water per day (2.4 litres), while men should aim for 16 cups per day (3.8 litres).

  • Water helps prevent hangovers

Ah yes, the mighty holiday hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic. It makes you lose more water than you take in, which leads to symptoms of dehydration, including excessive thirst, fatigue, headaches and dry-mouth. Try consuming one 8-oz glass of water between each alcohol drink consumed and have a really large glass of water before bed.

Not sure about drinking all this water? Herbal teas are a great hydrating option. And about 20 per cent of our water intake can come from hydrating raw foods. Good choices include cucumbers, cauliflower, spinach, bell peppers, which provide a healthy dose of antioxidants to boot.

Happy Hydrating!

CEO of real food living for weight loss, body composition, health concerns, sports performance and all things wellness, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Andrea McDonald, is your rock.  Whether it is a customized meal plan, supplement recommendations, or lifestyle changes, this WowRide Tag Racing team member, Method spin instructor, and mom of two is completely over-the-top passionate about bringing balance, radiance and vitality to your life.