H2O does a brain good
Sunday, September 18, 2011
This really has nothing to do with my September challenge or anything, but is only something I have discovered by experience. First, let me say -- I drink a LOT. Of water, that is. At least 120 ounces a day. Every day. And that is a minimum. It is not unusual for my water intake to go over 160 ounces a day. So you might say I stay pretty hydrated, which doctors, trainers, and SP will tell you has all kinds of benefits for our bodies.
But there is one benefit they don't tell you about. When you stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, you also do not get hangovers if you happen to drink a LOT of the intoxicating stuff.
Last Friday, I hung out with friends and we imbibed quite a bit. I would say I had about six or seven alcoholic beverages. Enough that I would have gotten a hangover in the past. Only I didn't get a hangover the next morning. Hangovers are caused by the dehydrating effects of alcohol. But if your body is well hydrated to begin with, alcohol doesn't dehydrate it enough to give you a hangover.
Now, I'm not saying we should all go on super binges because everyone knows that the whole-grain water really packs a caloric punch, but I'm just putting this out there as a little added benefit of giving your body plenty of water.