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How Much Water Should I Drink During Winter?

As winter nears and temperatures begin to drop, the air becomes drier and our bodies receive less moisture than they do during warmer months. A major reason for this lower level of moisture in our bodies is that we tend to stop drinking as much water in winter months. During the summer months, it is easy to keep up with our water intake; our bodies’ thirst is a side effect of the heat and very few of us can go several hours without being thirsty.

I Am Not Sweating

While we may not have the sunshine to keep us thirsty and craving water, the warmth from heaters, furnaces, and fires brings its own heat. Our bodies are mostly made of water – about 70% overall – and regardless of the time of year, requires good hydration. And while thirst is a good indicator of dehydration, it is a late indicator. During winter, symptoms include chapped lips, a dry cough, nosebleeds, mild headaches, and acne.

Keep the Winter Weight Away

When we are hydrated, our appetites are much more controlled. However, when we aren’t drinking enough fluids, we don’t have the energy required to break down fat; thus, we often mistake thirst for hunger, leading us to eat more than needed. Water is required for most of our bodily functions including regulating body temperatures, flushing toxins, and maintaining a healthy metabolism.

How Much Water Should I Drink During the Winter?

The amount of water you should consume varies from person to person. Certain factors such as activity level, weight, gender, and age should all be considered when deciding on a daily intake of water. Follow the guidelines below to prevent dehydration during the winter months.

Water Intake Guidelines for Men:

  • If you are mostly sedentary, drink 8-10 glasses per day
  • If you exercise, drink between 10-14 glasses per day

Water Intake Guidelines for Women:

  • If you are mostly sedentary, drink 6-8 glasses per day
  • If you exercise, drink 8-12 glasses per day
  • If you are breastfeeding, drink 7-10 glasses per day

How Can You Ensure That You Stay Hydrated Through Winter?

As the temperature continues to drop, we find ourselves preferring a hot beverage to warm ourselves up. In the blistering winter, a glass of ice water seems less appealing. Luckily there are many other ways to get water into your system that don’t include a cold glass of water. Here are some suggestions:

  • Water-based foods – Fruits and veggies are a natural source of water and can also provide an invaluable source of vitamins and minerals. Watermelons, apples, grapes, and berries are just a few fruits that will keep your water intake up.
  • Match alcohol intake with water –The winter months are almost always full of holiday parties and events that encourage drinking. For each cocktail or glass of wine you consume, consider drinking a glass of water alongside it.
  • Eat your soup – Clear soup is a great source of water. Brothy soups will warm your body and fill you up while providing you with the water you need to get through the day.
  • Get a humidifier – Humidifiers release water into the air, helping to keep our bodies moisturized.

While drinking a glass of water during the summer months seems like a no brainer, it’s just as – if not more – important during the winter. By realizing just how important water is, supporting our bodily functions will keep you as healthy as possible, regardless of the season.

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  • General recommendations based on population-level averages are not that great when applied to individuals due to high variability of weight and height between persons. A better way is using your daily energy requirements, which can be calculated fairly accurately, and base your water intake on that with the medical standard being 1ml/kCal, with some adjustments for specific cases and climates.

    An easy way to calculate your personal water needs is by using an online calculator such as https://www.gigacalculator.com/calculators/water-intake-calculator.php – it will do the energy calculations, adjustments depending on physical activity, pregnancy status (for women), etc…