Should you drink alcohol when you are sick?

Back in April 2011 I had a cold for about a week. It was mild. And since I had extra time on my hands (I don’t exercise when I am sick) I got some posts in, like the one below: Should You Drink Alcohol When You Are Sick?

I have been home for a few days with a pretty vicious cold. Coughing, sneezing, super tired eyes, headache, congestion. Bleh!

I have been too tired to actually do any research or posts over the past few days.

But I thought I could repost this one, especially since it still gets a lot of reads when I check out my blog stats.

This whole week I have had a mild cold. I have tried to be careful to take care of myself. I have gone to work every day as I didn’t feel I was sick enough to stay home. I have gone to work every day and then every evening I have come home and lounged and watch TV/movies before I had to go to bed. Just taking it easy.

I think yesterday was the worst day of my cold. I feel better today. I am still tired and congested. … Continue reading

Keeping hydrated with H2 OH!

One of the challenges in this month’s Monthly Challenge was to concentrate on water intake.

Water is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keeping yourself hydrated is a vital part of life. Water makes up 60 percent of your body weight, according to USGS.

There is varying information on how much water each person should drink. At the very least six servings a day should be consumed. I have read eight servings is essential. (A serving is 8 ounces.)

I have also read that whatever your weight is, let’s say 140 pounds, you should drink half your weight in water. So for my example, 80 ounces a day.

If you drink caffeine and/or alcohol it is important to stay hydrated. If you exercise consider increasing your water intake somewhat as well.

According to a Mayo Clinic article, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues. … Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

Most of us probably experience mild symptoms when dehydrated such as low energy, headache and thirst. But there are severe complications that can come with being dehydrated.

Continue reading

Let’s play a drinking game … drink more water

One day on the shuttle bus on the way to work I said to one of my co-workers/friends, Let’s play a drinking game. Every time I drink water you drink water. For some time now I have been encouraging him to drink more water.

I mentioned this story to another co-worker. She said she wanted to play the drinking game, too. She doesn’t take the shuttle bus to work. So I gave her another hint: Drink water while driving to and from work. She told me the other day she has been doing that and has been drinking more water. YEA!

I have written about water in the past. But I feel like this is an important subject, which can be written and talked about over and over.

Another co-worker sent me a forwarded e-mail called Water vs. Coke. I am sure many of you have seen this in the past.

According to a Livestrong article, some of the water stats are proven below. I can’t find anything that proves or disproves this whole list. But from my experience and all the research I have done over the years I believe most of them. According to Snopes.com, we don’t necessarily … Continue reading

The many benefits of coconut water

At some point recently I saw coconut water at Trader Joe’s and decided to buy some. I knew it was all the rage, but I wasn’t sure why.

The other day at the yoga studio they had juice box like container of coconut water for free. I took one.

Yesterday I had a raging headache at work. I figured it was because I was dehydrated, stressed and I am sure my heavy (but delicious) lunch didn’t help. I decided to skip a workout and come home to lounge. When I got home I thought I would have a little bit of coconut milk.

I finally decided to read the information on the container.

Coconut water has so many benefits. It naturally rehydrates the body with electrolytes.

According to Livestrong.com, Electrolytes come in different forms, including chlorine, potassium, phosphate, magnesium, calcium and sodium. You must keep electrolytes balanced within your body to allow it to maintain proper water amounts in your body, balance blood acidity, allow for proper muscle action, and to allow other important processes to occur.

People can lose electrolytes from exercising or while drinking alcohol or caffeine. When we have a cold or the flu we … Continue reading

Keeping yourself hydrated is important

I drink a lot of water. So when I slack on the H2O my body notices it pretty quickly.

It is important for me to keep up my water intake. It’s best if I drink 64 ounces, which is eight servings. Sometimes I only get six servings in, 48 ounces.

On Friday night Curt and I met an out of town friend (and many of his friends) at the Latin American Club, which serves some famously strong margaritas.

When I ordered the first round I also ordered a glass of water. The No. 1 rule when drinking is moderation, of course, but also for every alcoholic beverage have a glass of water. Those margaritas are big and strong.

Eventually I ditched the water. I kinda just forgot about it. I had two margaritas. At some point we headed out to get something to eat. For some reason I decided to have a beer with my late dinner.

I seriously planned to go to spin the next day. I woke up Saturday at about 7:30. I was so dehydrated and had a headache. And I just felt really tired.

I don’t like to exercise when I am severely dehydrated. I … Continue reading

Water retention & staying hydrated

When I eat sushi (or really the soy sauce) I retain water like crazy. (Curt and I had sushi for dinner last night.) I can eat some foods with pretty high sodium levels and not feel the effects. But for some reason soy sauce gets me every time. Even if I use the low sodium soy sauce, which I try to use every time I have soy sauce.

The first time I figured this out was probably about four years ago. I had sushi one night and then the next day weighed in at my Weight Watchers meeting. I was getting pretty close to my goal weight. So I was excited to see the number on the scale. I stepped on the scale and saw that I had “gained” 2 pounds. I was so upset and couldn’t figure out why the number was going up. My leader asked me what I ate for dinner. We figured it out pretty quickly.

There are so many things that can alter the numbers on the scale. The two big ones for me are water retention or dehydration. One weekend I was so hungover that I lost 6-8 pounds. The moment I started feeling … Continue reading