Week by Week Benefits of Dry January
Dry January is brilliant for your health and each week your body will thank you!
Dry January has been a common New Year challenge for years and there's no stopping it; an increasing number of people are joining sobriety and there is no surprise that people want to know what benefits their efforts will bring them.
I recently came across Dr Niall Campbell, at Roehampton Hospital's, week by week layout of the side-effects that new T-total goers will experience in their journey and I felt that sharing it might encourage people to keep going!
Week One: Better Sleep
Alcohol has major effects on your bodies ability to fall into a deep sleep as quickly, leading you to miss out on vital REM cycles.
REM stands for 'Rapid Eye Movement', of which we are meant to go through 6-7 cycles of throughout our nightly sleep. If these cycles are missed out on your productivity and mood will most certainly be affected.
Week 2: A Happier Stomach
Campbell reveals that "alcohol is an irritant to your stomach's lining" and only in two weeks you can help your body recover from the pressure of your regular beverage.
After two weeks your stomach will normalise, the acid production will stabilise and that's not all! In fact, with your happier stomach the hormones which alert your body of a full stomach will be much better at their job!
Week 3: Blood Pressure Reduces
"Reducing your blood pressure is crucial to lessening the risk of heart problems in the future" encourages Dr Campbell, and sobriety will most certainly assist with this.
Drinking causes your blood pressure to work overtime and it rises accordingly, yet after 3-4 weeks you will most certainly see a reduction.
You Made it! Week 4: Glowing Skin and Fabulous Liver Function
The secret to glowing skin? More sleep and better water absorption...and by week 4 you will have certainly have been improving these! Say hello to a marvellous glow.
In addition, your liver will be far more joyful: "Your liver is involved in 500 vital processes", including dealing with the alcohol you drink up. After a month, your liver will be cleansed, happier and like new after its holiday.
A new liver also equates to less risk of getting sick as it will now be able to convert nutrients and store minerals and vitamins much more effectively!