During the summer months, we go out of our way to stay hydrated. Between soaking up the rays, taking advantage of exercising outdoors, and perspiring more than normal, we almost always have a bottle of water or sports beverage on hand. During the cooler months, though, we become lax: We spend more time indoors, limit our exercise to the gym, and aren’t often warm enough to get a good sweat going. Despite that, it’s just as important to stay hydrated in the winter as it is during the summer. Here’s why:
We’re Still Mostly Water
No matter what time of year, our bodies are still 70% water. Despite feeling less thirsty during the winter, we still have to stay hydrated. When we’re outdoors, the lack of humidity contributes to our dehydration; when we’re indoors, heating systems do the same. Once you’re finally thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Easy Winter Hydration
When it’s chilly out, a glass of ice-cold water isn’t exactly appealing. Still, there are ways to maintain your daily water intake without giving yourself the chills. Here are a few suggestions:
- Drink room temperature water. Before you go to bed, place a large, covered container of filtered water on your countertop. When you wake up, you’ll have a day’s supply of water that won’t make you cold.
- Give organic herbal tea a try. Black, green, and white teas all have caffeine, which is a diuretic; drinking a diuretic defeats the purpose of staying hydrated, making these teas a bad idea. Organic herbal tea made with filtered water will keep you warm, delight your taste buds, and keep you hydrated.
- Jazz up your water. If neither of the previous options have you excited about drinking water, infuse your filtered water with fruit. This is a great way to increase your water intake at any time of year, particularly if you use seasonal fruits. In the winter, these include clementines, grapefruits, tangerines, and other citrus fruits.