What you drink can affect your health just as much as what you're eating. And as summer weather heats up, it's important to think about how you're staying hydrated.
Just about every part of your body needs a good supply of water. It's also an important part of your body's defenses. Your immune system depends on your bloodstream's ability to carry nutrients throughout your body. That happens more easily when you're hydrated.
Did you start drinking more alcohol on a regular basis during the pandemic? Now might be a good time to cut back. Ethanol, the type of alcohol found in beer, wine, and cocktails, impacts nearly every organ in your body and can weaken your immune system.
Carry a reusable water bottle with you to fill throughout the day.
Do you have trouble remembering to drink water? Try planning certain times of day to have a glass, such as when you wake up, at each meal, and before bed.
Skip sweetened drinks. A soda, iced latte, or lemonade can be a refreshing treat, but they're loaded with sugar and calories and make poor choices. If you want something besides plain water, sip unsweetened iced tea, black cold-brew coffee, or ice water with a squeeze of lemon.
Watch how much alcohol you have. Men should have no more than two servings of beer, wine, or liquor per day and women should have one serving or less.
Trying to curb your drinking? Get comfortable saying no. If certain people tend to pressure you to drink, rehearse ways to politely turn them down. You can also let others know you're watching how much you drink. Telling your friends, family, or others you trust gives them a chance to support you.