Friday, April 20, 2012

An Airport Drinking Game....

The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake of water for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. For women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day. Most of us don't even come close.  As a result, we walk around mildly dehydrated every day.  Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired [1].  

Air travel dehydrates you further.  Alcohol dehydrates you further.  Flying and drinking....bad idea.  So no need to add booze to the mix.  My drinking game involves a nice cool bottle of water.  In order to stay hydrated and take the total boredom out of drinking water, I've developed my drinking game.   

After passing through security get yourself a bottle of water...at least 20 oz.   So when in the airport, there are lots of possibilities here.. every time you hear the keyword, then take a sip of water.  

Possible keywords....the airline name, your destination city, a child crying (this is especially effective in the summer months), boarding, delay, thank you, apologize, etc. If you really want to mix it up, then you can go with visual cues.  Man with Bluetooth headset, Woman with Louis Vuitton bag, anyone that has jumped off the fashion train,  parent chasing child, you decide!  Plenty of options.  After you are on the plane, well you need to finish that bottle, so switch to 'seat belt', or 'safety'.  That water will be gone before takeoff.   

I also recommend drinking a glass or two while on board, depending upon the length of the flight.  Then another bottle within an hour or two after you land.  All of this should be in additional to the recommended amounts list above.  You might have to visit that closet-sized toilet in the back of the plane, but you will be better off in the long run.  This practice has taken much of the 'lag' of out my jet lag.  You'll thank me later. 




[1] - Water: How much should you drink every day?, Mayo Clinic
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/water/NU00283

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I know what a Louis Vuitton bag looks like.

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