Winter Hydration…more important than you think

by Michelle on February 6, 2019

 

A nice cold drink on a hot day is very satisfying but not something you might want when it’s freezing outside.  While water is always vital for your health regardless of the season, staying hydrated during the colder months is crucial if you want to remain healthy.

Your body needs water to not only stay hydrated but it also helps regulate body temperature and is essential to the function of cells, tissues, and organs.  Water can also give your immune system a boost and help you keep from getting sick during peak cold and flu season along with increasing your metabolism and helping you feel full longer.

Many people don’t like “plain water” and want to use flavor “drops” or “powders” to get in the necessary hydration.  While these aren’t that terrible they do add unnecessary elements that sometimes cause bloating and adverse reactions.  You can try adding lemons or limes for flavor and even berries, cucumber, mint, etc. if plain water just isn’t for you.

Hot beverages count towards your water content as well.  Tea, hot water with lemon or a nice cup of green tea not only keep you hydrated by are known to boost your metabolism as well.  Be cautious of powdered hot drink mixes as most contain a lot of sugar.

You can also eat your water!  Several fruits and vegetables have a high water content that can help you reach your daily intake goals.  Broccoli, celery, cucumbers, mixed greens, strawberries, watermelon, pears, and grapefruit are just a few of the foods that help you stay hydrated.

Don’t drink the wrong things either!  Caffeine and alcohol can dehydrate your body and so can soda and coffee.  Many people feel that wine isn’t going to dehydrate them but that’s just not the case…wine still isn’t a good option for hydration so limited consumption is advised.

Remember too that a humidifier is useful in adding moisture to the dry winter air and can help keep you hydrated while preventing a scratchy throat and dry skin.  It’s crucial to stay hydrated in cold weather and with a little bit of forethought and planning it’s really not that difficult to do.

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