Are you hydrating enough in winter?
Ask yourself: Are you hydrating enough in winter? It’s easy to forget this very important aspect of your health when the temperature drops. So, have a think…when was your last glass of water? How well did you hydrate today?
The appeal of water in winter
The appeal of water in winter is low. In summer, we guzzle heaps of the stuff; we are hot, we are active and we are thirsty. We drink without needing to be reminded. In winter it’s different. You have to remind yourself to drink. Otherwise, the question really is a clear one: Are you hydrating enough in winter?
Why do you need water in winter?
Why do you need to be reminded that you need water in winter? Well, simply because, first of all, it’s easy to forget. Secondly, in the colder days, the appeal of a cold glass of water isn’t all that tempting. And finally, you don’t realise how dehydrating heating is. Heaters at home, in the car, at work…the list of heat sources is aplenty. And, all that artificial heat dries you out. Not only that, cold air outside also is dehydrating. So, all in all, the risk of dehydration is probably as big in winter as it is in summer.
How do you know if your body is well hydrated?
How do you know? Well, first of all, you may have been good at keeping up your usual intake. If that’s the case, good for you. Perhaps, you may have a certain drink bottle you always use, so you know your intake. If not, an easy way to test your hydration levels is to press on the inner top of your thumb, where the skin is round, and where your fingerprint is. Does the skin bounce back up into its rounded shape immediately? That means your hydrating well, and your body contains good water levels. If the thumb stays flat, you’re dehydrated
How do you increase water intake in winter?
Well, there are some tricks to increase water intake in winter. First thing to remember is that coffee doesn’t count, and is actually a diuretic. That means it dehydrates you more. Same for black tea. However, green tea is hydrating. Same for any herbal tea. Generally speaking, a lot of your water intake in winter can come from warm water with ginger slices for instance. Good for your digestion, calming to the nerves and a brilliant anti-inflammatory. Not a fan of ginger? How about peppermint? Or chamomile? Both soothing and calming to the nervous system and the digestive system.
A good trick to increase your water intake in winter is to ensure that each time you put the kettle on for a cuppa, you have a glass of warm water first. That way, you will be sure to have at least 4-6 glasses a day. And drink water while you commute as well. Also, remember to drink in the evening; most people only drink water in the daytime. However, at night, you still need to top up those hydration levels.
So, will you be hydrating well this winter? Of course you will! Now you know how to, and what to be aware of.