Winter Hydration – Why it’s Important
Summer may be rapidly entering the rear view mirror for another year, but that doesn’t mean that we should stop taking water consumption seriously. It’s just as important to stay hydrated during the colder months as it is during the summer.
It stands to reason that when the conditions change outside and the temperature drops sharply, taking regular water breaks will not be at the top of anybody’s agenda. Good hydration is needed to keep your blood flowing and to regulate your body temperature. Nutrients are transported by the blood through the body and toxins removed, but only if correct hydration is applied.
Thirst is not always obvious during the winter months, but that doesn’t mean you need to cut down on your water intake, far from it. Wrapping up in several layers to keep warm, encountering central heating everywhere you go, will rapidly dehydrate your body.
With that in mind, here are some of our winter hydration tips:
Start and end your day with water!
Drinking water first thing in the morning and last thing at night is a great habit to get into. If you start as you mean to go on, it will be significantly easier to stay on top of your winter hydration throughout the day.
Drink Plenty of Herbal Tea
When it’s dark as soon as you wake up in the morning and the idea of trekking to work through all kinds of poor weather conditions is unappealing, you’ll be tempted to load up on hot drinks to kickstart your day. One coffee in the morning is fine, but any more than that could possibly leave you at risk of dehydrating due to excessive caffeine, particularly if you love it strong. Switch out the coffee for fruit or herbal teas; they’ll be just as warming for your insides, and will also keep you hydrated throughout the day. Try a Clim8 insulated water bottle for hot or cold drinks during your working day and you won’t need to visit the dreaded coffee machine!
Hydrate through food as well as water
Water doesn’t just come from the tap – you can also contribute to replacing any lost fluid through your diet. While salad season may have passed, and many of our favourite fruits are not so plentiful, primarily liquid meals such as soups, stews and broths that are packed with fresh vegetables are a great way to get plenty of water into our diets during the winter months, perfect contents for our insulated food pots. Go easy on the salt though, as that can have the opposite impact.
Be sensible with alcohol
There are a plethora of opportunities to drink socially throughout the winter months, and it may feel like everywhere you go somebody is forcing a glass of mulled wine or a hot toddie into your hands. We’re not trying to be the fun police here – obviously you’re entitled to let your hair down and see your friends during the winter. Just try to alternate alcoholic drinks with water rounds to remain hydrated.
Use fresh air for skin and hair
Step outside whenever you can during the winter. It may not be an appealing idea at first, and you may have to wrap up warm whenever you do so, but your body will benefit from the natural moisture found in the air outdoors. The more time you spend inside, the more likely your skin and hair are to dry out as a reaction to artificial heating. Do think about taking an insulated bottle with you, a nice hot drink during outdoor pursuits will help towards rehydration. Hydration will help prevent chapping, peeling and cracked lips.
Keep your immune system safe
Dehydration can seriously affect your immune system, by reducing resistance to infections (the mucus membranes in your lungs and nasal passages will dry out). Consuming plenty of liquid will keep these vital parts lubricated and ensure protection through mucus barriers.
Follow these tips and you will remain hydrated and healthy throughout the winter months, and enjoy the festive season in tip-top shape. Stay safe, and drink (and eat) plenty of water and this will truly be the most wonderful time of the year!