Dr. Leslie Smith’s tips for a great new year

Drink a LOT of water

The old adage of eight glasses of water a day doesn’t necessarily apply. Smith advises drinking at least half your body weight in ounces per day, so a person who weighs 200 pounds should be drinking a minimum of 100 ounces of straight up water. For folks who worry they’ll continually be going to the loo, Smith says that, yes, for two or three days that’s the case, but then your body acclimates. Another way to prevent that is to drink a big glass (20-30 oz) first thing in the morning while you are in the bathroom getting ready. You flush out your system from your nighttime dehydration while you’re already in the bathroom. It matters less if you eliminate a few times while you are there.

Take a multivitamin

Look for a product with an accredited merchant seal, such as NSF International. Smith also recommends a plain multimineral and multivitamin rather than one that contains lots of extra herbs and specialty formulas that may not be appropriate for every individual. Also avoid products that contain vitamin levels far exceeding the recommended daily dose, as most of those water-soluble vitamins will simply end up being flushed away.

Eat the rainbow

Put a different veggie from every color of the rainbow on your grocery list to get the widest variety of phytonutrients possible. Vegetables are preferred even to fruits , many of which have been bred to be unnaturally sweet in recent decades.

If you have questions or are concerned about how alcohol use is impacting your life you can call the Illinois Addiction Helpline at 833-234-6343 or text “help” to 833234.

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