Staying hydrated is crucial for good health. It is true for all seasons, whether summers or winters. However, the thing is, you tend to drink more water during summers due to thirst, which isn’t the case for winters. During this season, you get less thirsty and hence, drink less water. It can lead to dehydration, which is detrimental to health. Notably, it might not feel like, but you lose the same amount of fluid in winter as you do during summer, according to the European Hydration Institute. It’s because of energy expenditure, frequent urination, and sweating due to heavy clothing. Although it’s a task to drink loads of water during winters, there are other ways to stay hydrated.
Signs Of Dehydration
During winter, you get less thirsty as compared to summer. However, there are signs that your body is craving water. Signs of dehydration include:
- Dark-colored and strong-smelling urine
- Dry mouth, lips, and eyes
- Muscle cramps
Why It Is Important To Stay Hydrated
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At least 7-8 glasses of water are generally recommended. It’s crucial to stay hydrated for the following reasons:
- Flush Out Toxins: Your body needs water to flush out harmful toxins in the form of sweat and urine.
- Regulate Body Temperature: Your body needs water to regulate temperature too.
- Digestion: Proper hydration aids digestion. Hence, drink plenty of water for a sound digestive system.
- Immunity: Proper water intake is also known to be good for the immune system, and we all know that strong immunity is crucial to warding off infections, including COVID-19.
- Prevent Kidney Damage: Kidneys flush out toxins from your body. But that’s not its only role. It is also responsible for regulating fluid in your body. Lack of hydration can result in kidney stones and other issues, that can be detrimental to kidney health.
- Skin Health: Proper hydration is crucial for skin health.
How To Stay Hydrated During Winters
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Drinking enough water is the smoothest way to proper hydration. However, drinking water during winters might not be something you might like. Good news – there are other ways to hydrate. Here are 6 ways to stay hydrated during winters:
1. Set Water Goals
The first thing that you must do is to set your water intake goal. There are several apps that you can use for this purpose. They not only tell you how much water you drank in a day but also remind you to drink water.
2. Warm Water
Drinking cold (normal temperature, to be specific) water might not be your thing during winters. So, what you can do is – heat some water and drink it throughout the day. You can heat some water and store it in a thermos. Or, you can also use an electric kettle/jug.
3. Warm Beverages
Most of us sip warm beverages throughout the day to keep ourselves warm during winters. There are several beverages you can drink such as soups, green tea, smoothies, and milk.
4. Slash Your Alcohol Consumption
Alcohol makes you pee often, which results in the loss of fluids. Hence, limit your alcohol consumption during winters. The same goes for beverages such as tea and coffee, which trigger your excretory system. Hence, drink these beverages as little as possible.
5. Eat Hydrating Foods
When you think of hydration, it’s generally fluids that come to one’s mind. But, you can also eat foods during winters to get your dose of daily hydration. So, during this chilly season, load up on fruits such as oranges, grapes, kiwis, strawberries, etc, which have high water content. You can also eat oatmeal, porridge, and khichdi. These will ensure not just your hydration but your nutritional requirement as well.
What you wear also has an impact on hydration. When you wear heavy woolens, you perspire more, which leads to loss of fluids. Hence, to lock in moisture, you can layer your clothing and wear light and breathable fabric that keeps you warm.
About 60% of your body is made of water. Hence, proper hydration is crucial. So, drink enough water and also try to incorporate hydrating foods and beverages into your diet. Drinking enough water is crucial for every aspect of your health, hence, do not ignore hydration.
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