Reduce your stress by staying hydrated

By Maggie Chilton R.H.N Ba (Hons)

“It’s time to turn that wine into water to reduce your stress and lower your cortisol levels. By increasing your water consumption you, in turn, increase your metabolic rate and prevent weight gain during this stressful time.

What can I do today to drink more water?

If you struggle to get in your 2 liters, make it more appealing. If plain water doesn’t float your boat try adding in a vitamin c powder or try fizzy water (no added sugar) or go for an iced (or hot) herbal tea. Water doesn’t have to be bland. A bonus by-product of drinking more water is that you’ll have less room for food so aim to consume a glass of water 30 mins before a meal to create a sense of fullness, therefore, avoiding overeating.

Wake up in the middle of the night to pee? Try to get in your 2 liters by 2 pm, this will give the body time to process the water before heading off to a great night’s sleep. Soda, diet soda, regular tea, and coffee, basically anything that isn’t a clear wet substance called water, well, it’s not water and doesn’t count. Herbal teas do count however so choose ones that can help with digestion such as peppermint or stress such as camomile.

Staying away from alcohol during this time is a great strategy both for reducing your stress and for keeping you in the parasympathetic nervous system, or the rest and digest.