Why should you be drinking more water this winter?
Factors that lead to dehydration during the WintersDehydration during the winter is often the last thought that comes to your mind. It seems counterintuitive, as the weather is cool but there are various reasons that contribute to it-
In winter, the air is cold, dry, and has less moisture. Most people use indoor heating systems that further lower humidity levels. Dry air can lead to increased water loss through breathing and evaporation from the skin, contributing to dehydration.
Reduced thirst perception
People may not feel as thirsty in colder climates as they do in hotter ones. This lessened feeling of thirst may cause one to drink less water, which can result in dehydration.
The body may produce more urine in colder climates. Furthermore, some individuals may use diuretics like alcohol or caffeine more frequently in the winter. If sufficient fluid intake is not maintained, increased urination can cause dehydration by contributing to fluid loss.
Layering up is a sweaty affair
Winters are a great time to exercise, but you might not feel motivated to step out. In the cold season, we tend to put on more layers. We might not feel the heat, but we lose body fluids through sweat without even realizing it.
Respiratory Water Loss
Breathing in chilly air may cause a rise in this fluid loss. People with respiratory disorders or those who breathe through their mouths are more susceptible to this effect.
Lack of Awareness
During the winter, people may not be as aware of how much water they should be drinking because they don’t feel as thirsty. Furthermore, the emphasis on hot drinks like tea and coffee could cause people to overlook the importance of drinking plain water.
Signs of Dehydration
These are common signs of dehydration that you should be noticing during the winters
Tips to stay hydrated during the WintersThere are some easy tips that can help you stay hydrated during the winter:
Make water bottle your companionTake your water bottle wherever you go. It is a constant reminder that will help you drink water from time to time.
Have infused water
You can try interesting infused water recipes by adding your favorite flavors. There is a wide room for experimentation, and it will make the hydration journey enjoyable.
Have water after natural breaksTry having a glass of water or at least a sip every time you urinate. It will help you combat the fluid loss more effectively.
Have hydrating foodsYou can incorporate hydrating fruits and vegetables in your diet like tomatoes, zucchini, cabbage, celery, watermelon,strawberry, muskmelons, cucumber, etc.
Apply the 1:1 ruleIn other words, pair each non-water beverage with a glass of water. In the morning, you can have a glass of water paired with a beverage. The lunch consists of one large mug of water and another mug of a beverage, such as herbal tea or seltzer. At dinner, you can have a glass of water and pair it with a smoothie or milkshake later.
Set reminders on your phone
You can set reminders at regular intervals, and it will help you drink water amidst a hectic schedule. WaterMinder is an advanced application that helps you set customized reminders, track liquid intake (water, beverages, alcohol, and multi ingredient drinks), and take up interesting hydration challenges. Witness the new version of the app here.