If you've had a few too many boozy outings and are ready to give yourself a reset with a commitment to a Dry January, you might find it harder as the month goes on. After all, the festivities are continuing throughout the summer, and you don't want to miss out on all the fun. If you want to keep motivated this January, keep these health gains top of mind!
Enjoy these health benefits of Dry January:
Achieve your weight loss goals sooner:
Alcohol carries 7 calories per gram, which is almost as much as dietary fats! The difference is, alcohol doesn't fill you up like healthy fats does. Downing these liquids means you're quickly consuming potentially hundreds of calories.
Here are the calorie contents of popular alcoholic beverages:
- Beer: 138 calories (375ml)
- Wine: 115 calories (150ml)
- Vodka, soda and lime: 106 calories (30ml shot)
- Classic margarita: 200 calories
By sticking to water or diet soft drinks on your night out, you're saving a lot of calories, which can mean a trimmer waistline for you!
Your sleep is upgraded:
Has your sleep quality improved since you’ve given up the nightcaps? It’s a common misconception that alcohol helps you to sleep. It can initially help you to get to sleep, but unfortunately, it won’t help you stay asleep. Check out almost any sleep article on the internet and they’ll tell you to stop the booze.
Alcohol can affect the quality and quantity of restorative sleep that you get, so if you can stick it out this month, your body will love you for it! You'll likely notice you're able to sleep quicker and more soundly during the night, and wake up feeling fresh, ready to take on the world.
You get sick less often:
With greater sleep comes greater immunity support! Your body needs to wind down at night for the parasympathetic nervous system to do its job. By skimping on the moonshine, you'll be able to get the rest and recovery your hard-working body needs for a strong immune system.
Aside from sleep, alcohol is notorious for affecting the immune system. Your regular boozy outings might make you feel worse for wear the next day, but they do more than that - with regular alcohol consumption comes a compromised immunity an increased risk of negative health outcomes. By giving up the cocktails this January, you're giving your immune system a well-earned break, which means less sick days for you!
Remember to keep supporting your immune system with fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of healthy fats and carbohydrates, and lean protein for overall vitality. Keep up that h2O and practice stress management for a healthier, happier you.
Your gut will love you:
It's no secret: your gut does not appreciate all those beers! Alcohol is a known gut-disturber, by preventing your digestive system from properly absorbing micronutrients. While you sip your happy-hour cocktails, enzymes in your body are working hard to break it down (and get rid of it), which takes away the vital digestive enzymes trying to process your food. Not only can it lead to weight gain, but it can lead to gut irritation and other digestive problems like an imbalance of bacteria.
By sticking to your alcohol-free drinks this January, your gut will have the time and space to help reset itself, and devote itself to properly absorbing the nutrients from your food. Not only will this mean less bloating for you, but you'll feel greater energy and your skin may even get a glow up too!
You can get your energy back:
Alcohol might give you that quick pick-me-up, but it comes at a price. After a few too many drinks, you might be tempted to be couch-bound the next day. Not to mention, the more you drink, the more depleted you'll get over time.
Swap your gin and tonics for green juices and watch your energy soar. Soon enough, you'll wonder what you were worried about missing. You'll be surprised how much energy you'll have to bounce through each day!
Have a successful Dry January with these alcohol-free drinks:
- BCAAs to make a tasty mocktail: Revive by Genetix Nutrition
- Sugar-free electrolytes for extra hydration: Low Carb Hydration by Endura
- Stimulants for an alcohol-free pick-me-up: Hydroxy Lean by Genetix Nutrition Active Series
While you're here, check out the latest Dry January mocktail recipe!