During the cold dry months of fall and winter, it’s easy to believe we don’t need as much water. After all, we’re not sweating as much and we don’t feel as thirsty.
Contrary to what we may think, staying properly hydrated is just as important during the chilly fall and winter months.
Here are three reasons to drink water when it’s cold and 10 tips to help.
3 Reasons to Drink Water When it’s Cold
1. Staying hydrated protects your immune system
Moist mucus membranes help keep you healthy. Although the name may not sound so glamorous, mucus plays a pretty important role in keeping us well. It protects us, acts as a barrier, and defends our body from bacteria and viruses when we breathe in. However, our mucus membranes need to be moist in order to do their job. And the cold winter air can easily dry them out, if we don’t get in enough h20.
2. Your body still needs water
Your bottom line quota for water doesn’t change during the winter. On average, you still need a half an ounce of non-caffeinated fluid for each pound of body weight per day. For example, if you weigh 145 pounds, you’d need, on average, 72.5 ounces of water a day – about 2.14 liters.
Downing enough h20 helps you in many different ways – from flushing toxins out of your system to differentiating thirst from true hunger to lubricating your joints and preventing fatigue, dizziness, and headaches.
3. It’s easier to become dehydrated
When it’s cold our sweat evaporates quicker and we don’t feel the need for water like we do during those hot summer months. But, just because we don’t feel like we’re thirsty – it doesn’t mean we aren’t. Take a look at your urine when you go to the bathroom. If it’s dark or bright yellow, then it’s a sign your body needs more water.
10 Tips to Stay Hydrated During the Winter
1. Get in enough water by drinking something you enjoy, like hint water or hint fizz.
2. If you want something to warm you up, try unsweetened tea or make “hint tea.” All you need to do is boil your hint water and enjoy – no tea bag required!
3. Try an app, like Waterlogged, to track your water intake and send you reminders to drink more.
4. Carry a water bottle with you everywhere you go – out of sight, out of mind!
5. If you’re going to be exercising, drink water before, during (a few gulps every 20 minutes), and after your workout.
6. Schedule water breaks in your calendar.
7. Start a water drinking challenge in your office – everyone pitches in $5 and whoever drinks the most water in a week wins!
8. Recruit a friend on your journey to drink more water and check in with one another daily.
9. Start your morning by drinking 2 large glasses of water or hint water, so you start your day on the right foot- hydrated.
10. Add a slice of lemon or lime to add some “pop” to your water.
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! What helps you stay hydrated when it starts to get cold?