January is here. We’re all recovering from the overindulgence at Christmas and our bodies are looking forward to a well-earned rest. Being January, you may be considering going alcohol-free for the month to give your body a good detox. One thing you should keep in mind, though, is your hydration.
Our tracker bottles are your perfect dry January companion. The tracker bottle enables you to monitor the amount of water you are drinking daily, giving you the extra boost you need to meet your daily water intake.
What detoxing from alcohol does for your body?
Going alcohol-free for the month has many benefits for your body. A temporary abstinence from alcohol has been shown to have several benefits for our wellbeing and our general health. Going dry for a month helps to challenge our usual drinking behaviours, too. So, abstaining from alcohol for a month may encourage you to cut down on your future alcohol intake.
The benefits of going dry are:
- Better sleep
- Weight loss
- More energy
- Positive changes to your alcohol behaviour
You should notice improvements in your sleep within the first week of not drinking alcohol. The problem with sleep when you’ve consumed alcohol is, although you may fall into a deeper sleep, you miss rapid eye movement (REM). Typically, we experience between six and seven REM cycles, but under the influence of alcohol, this may be as little as one cycle.
Better sleep means:
- Better concentration
- You will be more productive
- Improved emotional control
- Better Behaviour
- Greater control over your dietary habits
- Weight loss
Alcohol is packed full of calories – a pint of beer can, in some cases, can have as many calories as a large slice of pizza! Plus, on a good night out, many of us pair our alcohol intake with a greasy takeaway which can also be calorific.
So, drinking less means you can control your calorie intake and it can make you more inclined to pick healthier choices.
Alcohol can dampen down your immune system, so makes you less able to fight infection. Plus, the negative effect it can have on your sleep can make you feel sluggish, tired and fatigued.
Therefore, drinking less alcohol should make you feel more energised and productive because the associated alcohol symptoms should start to fade.
Positive changes to your alcohol behaviour
Individuals who have successfully completed Dry January have been shown to have fewer drinking days per week and even reduced their intake on a designated drinking day. Therefore, temporarily abstaining from alcohol can positively change your attitude towards it.
Alcohol makes you feel dehydrated. The reason you wake up with a hangover is because your body hasn’t drunk enough water to compensate. When you drink alcohol, you tend to pee more than you are actually taking in, which quickly leads to symptoms of dehydration.
Another area alcohol has an impact is your wallet! It’s expensive. So, with the money you know you’re going to save, why not invest in one our tracker bottles and monitor your fluid intake.