Are you going through the Janopause?

Woman holding no alcohol signWell, it’s a week to go until the end of January. So far I’m managing to do what I’ve only managed once before, which is not to drink alcohol for the whole month.

Like a lot of people, I make New Year’s resolutions, and one of them is always to be healthier. To promise to do more exercise, and eat more healthily, but the main one is always to not drink alcohol until the end of January.

There are various names for this no alcohol in January business, but my favourite is “Janopause”. I’m not sure why I like it so much; maybe because it is so stupid.

Other names for no alcohol in January include “Dry January”, “Sober January” (both boring) and “Dryatholon”, (which I’ve just found out about and I love it). [Read more…]

Should we drink more water?

Woman with waterMost people seem to agree that drinking more water is good for us.

In articles in print and on the web, and on television and radio, we are told to drink at least two litres of water a day, or eight cups of water a day, or some other amount.

But the main message is always that we should drink more water.

Since water makes up between three quarters and just over half of our body weight, depending on age, this water has to come from somewhere.

There is now a “Drink Up” campaign, that encourages us to drink more water, with a website that I really can’t understand. Maybe it’s just saying drinking water is cool (nothing wrong with that, of course), with it’s own #spreadthewater hashtag.

I have no reason not to believe that drinking more water is good for us. After all, everyone seems to be in agreement. But I do wonder what evidence there is to support the idea that we need to drink more water. [Read more…]