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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.