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Get some tips this Dry July!

Top five tips for keeping hydrated during Dry July

By SodaStream on

The Dry July month is the perfect time to reassess all of your health and wellbeing goals for the rest of the year.

Hydration is a key element to ensuring physical and mental performance as our body water content declines with age, from about 75% in babies to 60% in adults.

According to research conducted by Sodastream, there is mass confusion around the effects of dehydration, with only a third (35%) of Australians recognising key symptoms like lethargy, despite the majority (80%) suffering on a regular basis.

Despite many believing that two litres is the recommended daily amount for all, the amount needed varies, dependent on individual factors including age, diet, climate and levels of physical activity.

Sodastream put together 5...

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A Bloke's Guide to Surviving Dry July

By Dry July on

So the thought of drinking mocktails makes your stomach turn, heading to yoga class is the last thing you want to do on an early Sunday morning and Euro 2016 finished this morning. How do you make the most of the clear headed, hangover free mornings during Dry July? Well we rounded up the blokes in the Dry July office – who are seasoned Dry Heroes, to give us their tips on surviving and thriving during Dry July:

  • Socialising doesn’t just have to be in the pub. Why not go out for a winter surf, hit the trails on your mountain bike this weekend, bring your A-game to the table and host a sober poker night.
  • Host a BBQ - believe it or not there are some really good non-alcoholic beers around, We're fans or Erdinger
  • Be the designated dryver to...
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21 Days to Change Your Ways: Just Keep Swimming

By Kirsty Welsh on

Anything great takes time. We look at the best parts of others and compare them to the worst parts of ourselves. Quick fixes, gadgets, ab crunchers, weight-loss shakes, we are suckers for the overnight ‘answers’ to our health issues! No one is healthy and happy without some long-term effort. But the cool thing is, small and realistic changes over time can create massive shifts in our wellbeing! So no matter where you’re at in your health journey, just know that so long as you’re making consistent and positive changes, you’re doing a fab job!

I personally find 21 to be a magic number. It is well known that it takes ’21 days to make or break a habit’ although there doesn’t seem to be any clinical research behind it, but I also find that...

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How to Relieve Stress without Booze

By Staff Writer on

Everybody has different methods of dealing with stress. Doing Dry July may be particularly difficult for those who use a drink or two to unwind at the end of the day. Here are some alternative techniques for stress management that don’t include alcohol: 

Be Mindful

The buzzword in the mental health world lately is “Mindfulness”. Different mindfulness techniques include focusing on your breathing or other senses in order to clear your mind, doing an Adult Colouring Book (you can find these pretty much anywhere), and of course, meditation. These techniques can be done in no more than 15 minutes, so do them in the office if you have to. The idea is to get all the stressful things off your mind and replace them with calming thoughts,...

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Preparing for your Dry July

By Staff Writer on

If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. It’s a clichéd line but it’s very applicable in this case. As much as we at Dry July want to help you through your challenge, there are things you have to do all by yourself, in order to make it to the end of July as an accomplished, happy and healthier person.


1. Ensure you can’t be tempted at home. I’m not saying throw away every expensive bottle of alcohol, but make sure you can’t get to it easily and that it’s not visible. If simply having it in the household is too much temptation, maybe ask a trustworthy family member or friend to hold on to it for you (and hope the bottles don’t come back empty).

2. Let people know what you’re doing. If you tend to drink at family events, let them know that...

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Surviving Dry July

By Cassandra Dunn on

It’s that time of year again, when thousands of Australians pledge to give up alcohol for 31 days and raise funds to support people living with cancer. There’s no question that it’s a great cause and for many of us, a major challenge.

If you’re thinking of signing up, but find the thought of a month without alcohol a little daunting, you wouldn’t be alone. It’s important to be realistic in your expectations and accept that there will be difficult moments, because if you assume your early burst of motivation will keep you going for the month, you could be taken off guard at that inevitable moment when an alcohol craving hits you.

Here are a few strategies that should help you sail through an alcohol-free month…

Know your WHY

Sticking to...

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Tips for Dry July

By Sam Wood on

So many of us are ALL or NOTHING, so what better time than Dry July to get moving more, eating better and thinking straight? 

Say goodbye to the booze (and hello to a Sunday morning).

It's not about never drinking again. It's about raising funds for people affected by cancer, all while being the much needed catalyst for your own health and wellbeing.

The number one reason people don't look after themselves is time. When we give up the booze, we tend to have an abundance of time! It's what we do with it that counts, so here are a few tips:

Start and finish each day with a big glass of… water.

Instead of being a little dehydrated this July, your body will can be a well-oiled (read: watered) machine and it’ll love you for it.

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10 Routine Changes Scientifically Proven to Make You Happy

By Sam Bailey on

Nothing spells a bad day more than spilling coffee on a crisp white shirt come Monday morning, but trivial as it may seem, it can be an instant downer on your mood.

While it’s only natural to get in a funk every now and again – according to a British survey, we have at least 10 grumpy days a year (five hours a week) – it can play an unhealthy part in our overall sense of wellbeing.

The biggest mood booster for women, according to the Healthspan survey is ‘me time.’ So while you can’t out run a bad day, you can shape and mould your routine a little bit each day to care of yourself and make the overall outcome that bit brighter.

Here, scientifically proven tweaks to make life happier.

1. Do exercise you like

With music you like. A McMaster...

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Who Needs A Healthy Liver?

By Dr Cris Beer on

For the first few years that I worked as a general practitioner I had understimated the liver's significant role in the general wellbeing of my patients. I had learnt that the liver was important from a physiological point of view and that it helped keep us alive, but I hadn't fully considered how it keeps us feeling well on a day-to-day basis.

I had been taught how to detect liver-function abnormalities in blood testing and how to feel for an enlarged or tender liver - all signs of obvious and severe liver damage. But as for understanding liver damage well before any obvious clinical signs begin to show, I was completely in the dark. I had seen severe liver damage from chronic alcoholism and from liver disease such as hepatitis, but the...

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