Cooler winter weather is here. No more sweating in the humid, hot summer heat. But it’s still important to stay hydrated in the winter. In fact, it may be easier to become dehydrated in the winter as the cooler, dry weather can lead to a decreased thirst sensation, causing you to drink less. We also still sweat in the winter, but it evaporates quicker in the cold. Plus, every breath you take in cold weather releases moisture– that you can even see– as vapor released from our lungs.
About two-thirds of a person’s body weight is water and the slightest decrease can cause dehydration. You have probably heard that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already on your way to becoming dehydrated. Winter dehydration can lead to headaches, dizziness, moodiness and dry, flaky skin. Here are a few tips to avoid dehydration this winter season:
Drink plenty of fluids
It sounds pretty obvious, but you should be sure to drink plenty of fluids to remain hydrated all year long. If you don’t like to drink plain water you can try infusing water with fresh fruits and herbs or even try a sparkling mineral water for an alternative choice. If the thought of drinking several glasses of ice cold water while it’s cold outside gives you the shivers, try drinking room temperature water or even hot water with lemon, ginger or honey. Obviously drinking water is important, but did you know that even warm drinks like coffee and tea that contain water can also help to keep you hydrated?
Eat your water
It’s true, you can get water from solids too. No, we’re not talking about eating ice cubes. Fresh fruits and vegetables can be a great source for water consumption. Cucumbers, celery, watermelon, apples and tomatoes are all great sources of water content. Even broth based soups with veggies can help contribute to your daily water intake. Just try to be sure it’s a low-sodium broth or you could end up feeling even thirstier.
Hydrate your home
In the winter our homes tend to have much drier air due to using heaters to warm our space. Soothe dehydrated skin by using a humidifier in your home and help replenish some of the moisture in the air. Indoor houseplants can also release moisture into the air. Just remember plants will also need plenty of water in the dry, heated indoor air.
We tend to think of getting dehydrating in the heat of summer but it is just as important to stay hydrated in cooler weather. Do you find it more difficult to remain hydrated in the winter months? Do you have any tips on getting enough water in the cooler weather to share? Leave us a comment.