There’s just something about a fun drink that screams summer at the beach. With temps steadily rising though, hydration is key to staying safe and healthy. According to the CDC, drinking enough fluids is one of the most important things you can do to prevent heat related illness. Staying sufficiently hydrated before, during and after heat exposure is so important. The CDC shares “by the time you feel thirsty, you are already behind in fluid replacement.”
How does drinking water help our bodies?
Getting enough water every day, regardless of the temperature, is an important part of your overall health. According to the CDC, “Water can help you maintain a normal temperature, lubricate and cushion your joints, protect your spinal cord, and eliminate waste through urination, perspiration and bowel movements.”
Alcohol and hydration
According to the CDC, alcohol can cause dehydration. Drinking alcohol within 24 hours of heat exposure may actually increase your risk of heat related illness.
Why more people are choosing alcohol-free alternatives
You may have heard the term sober curious floating around social media. A sober curious individual becomes aware of their alcohol consumption and often opts for non-alcoholic alternatives to promote better mental and physical health. Women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding may also enjoy a mocktail as a healthy alternative to alcohol. According to the CDC, there is no safe time to use alcohol while pregnant. All types of alcohol are equally harmful, including wine and beer.
The benefits of going alcohol-free
Dr. Carrie Connett shares “abstaining from alcohol is an easy way to eliminate empty calories and assist with weight loss goals.” She adds, “people may notice improved energy, better quality of sleep, less depression and less anxiety within just a few weeks of alcohol cessation.”
Healthy Summer Mocktails
Grapefruit Paloma Mocktail
Grapefruit is packed with vitamin C, vitamin A and healthy properties to support your immune system.
- 2 oz grapefruit juice
- 1 oz fresh lime juice (and sliced limes for garnish)
- Sparkling water
Fill a glass with ice. Add the grapefruit juice and lime juice, give it a stir. Top with sparkling water, add a slice a lime for garnish.
Moscow Mule Mocktail
This spicy mocktail is perfect on a hot day or to serve during pool side happy hour. Ginger is also known to reduce inflammation and improve digestion.
- 1 cup Non-Alcoholic ginger beer
- Lime juice and lime wedges for garnish
- 1/3 cup Club soda or sparkling water
Fill a glass or copper mule mug 2/3 full with ice. Top with ginger beer, lime juice, and club soda. Stir to combine and garnish with lime wedge.
A happier healthier YOU with CMC Primary Care
CMC Primary Care is there for you along every step of your health journey. If you are looking for healthy alternatives, talk with your primary care provider about nutrition and getting adequate exercise on your next visit. Diabetes and cancer patients are welcome at our CMC support groups where the topic of nutrition is often discussed in a welcoming environment.