Water consumption in winter
Did you know we get easily dehydrated in winter as we do in summer? As the surrounding temperature drops, we cling to the heater or cover ourselves with layers of clothing to keep us warm. This artificial heat causes dehydration.
Though we do not sweat during this season, water vapour is still lost from our body through our breath. Winter can even accelerate dehydration because of the lifesaving mechanism that’s functional in our body which constricts our blood vessels in cold weather, in turn conserving heat and maintaining body temperature.
As the temperatures drop we automatically reduce the consumption of water, because we do not feel thirsty due the cold environment around us. However we forget thirst is not the only indication to consume water. Dry skin with irritation and stinky sweats is our body’s way of telling that it requires water.
90% of the excuses that we give for not having water in winter is that it makes us feel cold. The best solution to it has lukewarm water, which would not only soothe your throat but also replenish your water stores, while it boosts up your metabolism.
SO, HOW CAN WE ENSURE WE DRINK ENOUGH WATER IN WINTER?
There are several steps that you can take to improve your water intake in colder months, without the need for an icy glass of cold water that’ll leave you shivering.
- Snack on water-based foods – fruits and vegetables are a natural source of water, which can also provide us with an invaluable source of vitamins and minerals. Soup as a meal can also ensure we’re able to keep our fluid levels up in a healthy and warm way.
- Add healthy flavors to water – sipping on something delicious can make the daily ritual of drinking water a little bit easier. Infuse your water with fruits and herbs using recipes sourced from the internet.
- Drink throughout exercise – make sure you drink water before, during and after your workout. And remember not to use thirst as a signifier, because by the time we feel thirsty we’re often already well on our way to severe dehydration.
- Match caffeine and alcohol intake with water – and switch to decaffeinated teas and coffees too. Each cup of coffee may be a form of fluid intake, but the higher the level of caffeine or sugar, the less positive a contribution it’s make to the water level in your body.
- Have soup – clear soups are a tasty way to take in water. And having a bowl before each meal will not only fill you up faster, but increase your body’s water content.
Be it any season of the year our body remains the same with a little changes here and there. Therefore we should not forget that consumption of water should be the same and not decrease during winter. SO “Keep walking and sipping water.”