Soul to self: “You’re drunk! I told you to be true to yourself and fill your spirit with love and joy today.” Self to Soul: “Ooooooh... I thought you said, fill yourself up with brew and spirits today and enjoy!”
Just a word to the wise and athletic on this St. Patrick’s Day: If you partake in the festivities tonight and are going to try and play tomorrow, don’t expect your body to respond effectively unless you hydrate properly.
ADH (anti-diuretic hormone) is released by your pituitary gland and it helps your body regulate and retain your fluid balance. Unfortunately, alcohol suppresses this hormone (that is why you urinate so often when you drink), especially beer that contains Hops, or mixed drinks with cranberry juice (which are natural diuretics).
So many of us already know about the dehydration effect of drinking liquor, but still don’t take precautions. Dehydration is not something to take lightly, especially when partaking in any sports activity. Wikihow.com has some great advice on how to avoid a hangover and dehydration. Go to http://www.wikihow.com/Prevent-a-Hangover for the full article, but in the meantime, here is an excerpt:
“Have one glass of water after each alcoholic beverage. Doing so keeps you hydrated and can also slow your alcohol consumption. Always keep a glass of water handy, or even keep the water in your hand and put down the alcoholic drink to drink just now and then. By actively making a choice to sip on water in between drinks, you lengthen the time taken to finish the alcoholic drink and you still have something to occupy your hands in a social setting.”
Remember, if you want your body to be good to you and respond to all of your demands, you better reciprocate! Have fun tonight and be safe! D.