The flourishing industry in the modern days is the health and fitness industry because of the increasing toll lifestyle diseases take on us and the awareness among people about the importance of health. Diet has itself become a fancy term and people go crazy trying out different methodologies for dieting and losing weight.
The one thing that all health and fitness professionals insist on is water intake. Water intake is critical throughout the year. In winter, the consumption of water certainly becomes low without even realizing it and we start developing symptoms of dehydration. The fact is that we need to keep ourselves well hydrated throughout the year, in winter too otherwise winter months can be quite bad for our bodies, leaving us with dry skin and dehydrated bodies.
There is also a common misconception among people that the body requires less water in cold weather, though it’s not true.
How does dehydration occur?
As temperatures begin to drop due to the winter season, the air around us becomes drier and our bodies receive less moisture. So it is always advisable to be alert and keenly note the signs and symptoms of dehydration even during winter.
Some of you may ask without even knowing that we are losing water in our bodies, how do we maintain and monitor the water intake?
Here are some signs of winter dehydration
Dehydration is not limited to summers but can happen during the winter months.
4. Dry mouth
5. Sugar cravings
6. Chapped lips
8. Dry cough
11. Muscle cramps
are some of the symptoms of winter dehydration. Be mindful and watch the symptoms of dehydration in the body
Hence, consuming lots of pure water is crucial for your health.
If you are wondering how to handle winter dehydration that doesn’t even explicitly show up, then here you go!
Here are easy to follow winter dehydration tips:
1. Increase water consumption:
During winter, we tend to prefer drinking hot water or beverages. Also cutting the caffeine intake and drinking hot water infused with lemon or cinnamon, green tea leaves or honey is a good option to increase your water consumption during winter. Another option is to drink a glass of water along with every other type of drink. Keep sipping water. Thirst is a bad indicator of dehydration. The body shows signals of thirst only when one has reached a high level of dehydration in the body, hence it is imperative to keep sipping water throughout the day.
2. Set reminders for having water:
This can help you stay hydrated and keep you on track with your goals.
It is advisable to keep a bottle of water next to you when you are home and use the phone to remind you to drink a glass of water every hour.
Set hydration goals or a target to drink a minimum number of glasses of water a day. It’s a great way to incentivize oneself to keep hydrated.
3. Include more fruits in your diet:
Winter has some amazing fruit options and taking fluid based fruits and vegetables such as pumpkin, bottled gourd, watermelon, pineapple, orange, broccoli, and peaches is a good way to add more liquid to your daily diet.
Adding a fruit or salad, clear soup, or even a glass of coconut water to your daily diet is another way of keeping yourself hydrated. Besides, it gives vitamin and mineral boosts which helps in building immunity for a healthy body.
4. Watch your eating pattern:
Feeling thirsty is often misunderstood as hunger. If one gets hunger signals, it may be a good habit to replace them with a glass of water. This will also prevent overeating and weight gain.
Limiting the consumption of alcohol helps a lot as it causes dehydration. Consuming alcohol not only dehydrates your body but is very injurious to your health.
It is also important to assess your water expenditure according to the day-to-day activity levels. For instance, if you are performing a high-intensity workout then you need more water than a person with a sedentary lifestyle or who performs less activity.
Benefits of keeping our body hydrated in winter:
1. Immunity Boost
With the change in weather and dropping temperatures, you are more susceptible to illness and your immunity needs to be strengthened further. As per the National Center for Biotechnology Information, the lack of water can dry out the mucous membranes in our lungs and sinus passages which can reduce their resistance to infections. Thus, to ensure strong immunity, make sure to keep sipping water regularly. You can also consume hot beverages like ginger tea, lemon honey water, etc that are naturally known to boost immunity.
2. Aids Digestion
With the lack of water consumed during the winter months, we might get dehydrated which makes it difficult to digest food and can also lead to constipation. Thus, we must drink plenty of water during the winter. If you find it difficult to consume cold water, ensure to keep up the hydration level by either drinking warm liquids or eating fruits and veggies high in water content.
3. Fights Obesity
During the colder months, we feel lazy and are more likely to restrict our physical activities. We do not exercise as often as required and all of this can take a toll on our health. Water is key to our metabolism. It fast-tracks the digestion process and facilitates the absorption of nutrients and minerals from our food. It also makes us feel fuller, reducing the urge to eat more. In winter, as we feel less thirsty, it’s important to remind ourselves to keep sipping water.
4. Healthy Skin
The cold and dry air during winter months can take a toll on our skin causing it to crack and chap. Our skin loses more moisture in winter. Drinking enough water keeps our skin feeling hydrated and supple. Water also acts as a natural detoxifier, flushing out impurities from our body, and making our skin glow.
All these tips work on your body when you consume them. But what if you have an important party or a night out or a meeting that you were looking forward to and because of winter dehydration you got chapped lips and dry skin?
And how does that make you feel??
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