Not too late to go dry this July

DRY July is here and we're inviting you to get on the wagon for a good cause.

All you need to do is go alcohol-free for a month, and donate the money you save to help those affected by cancer.

If the suggestion of a month without alcohol gives you withdrawal symptoms, this campaign is especially for you.

The benefits of going booze free are many.

One, weight loss. It's no secret that alcohol adds extra kilojoules to your daily energy intake.

Even just one glass of wine has about 520kj and takes a 20 minute walk to burn off.

Of concern, these are empty kilojoules, without the nutritional benefits and sense of fullness that you can get from 520kj of healthy food.

It also quite famously makes us lose our inhibitions, making the decision to grab that slice of pizza all the more easy.

Going dry for July is a great way to cleanse your body - load up on plenty of fresh fruit and veg, lentils and legumes, which will help reduce inflammation of cells and keep the body and bowels working. Stay hydrated with water and herbal teas and you're guaranteed to enter August feeling fresh and invigorated.

Two, sleep better. Having a nightcap might make you fall asleep faster, but after a few hours the alcohol wears off and your body will need rehydrating, causing you to wake.

Alcohol can also exacerbate snoring, sleep apnea and other breathing disorders.

Instead of a night cap go for a glass of unsweetened milk and remind yourself that you'll be able to bounce out of bed bright and early for boot camp, which promotes sound sleep, staring a virtuous cycle that can help the body recuperate.

Three, stress less. While there is nothing like a glass a vino after a stressful day at the office, overdoing it can make it more difficult to cope with stress.

Alcohol reduces the body's physiological stress response, and can make it more difficult for you to cope with stress.

You might not know that alcohol is metabolised differently from other food and drinks, placing your body under undue stress, even if you're fooled into feeling relaxed. 

Try alternative stress-reduction strategies, such as breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, or meditation. Trust us, you'll feel a lot more enlightened for the experience.

Four, clearer skin. Alcohol dehydrates the body - including your body's largest organ, the skin.

Drinking in excess can deprive your skin of vital vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamin A, which is responsible for cell renewal.

This can result in dullness, dark circles, bloating and puffiness, premature aging, as well as rosacea which causes the skin to flush easily and may leave capillary damage resulting in permanent redness!

Use Dry July as a skin treatment and Instabrag about your new healthy glow!

Five, better karma. By donating the money you'd normally spend on a night out, you can make a difference in the life of someone affected by cancer!

There are plenty of ways to have alco-free fun! Start a book club, invite your besties over for a movie night, or give crochet a crack! Think outside the square and show your support for someone affected by cancer!

What more reason do you need? Go booze-free this month via and give your mojo a much-needed boost.

You're welcome.

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