Studies have shown that we tend to be up to 40% less thirsty in winter, as in the summer, hot weather can make us sweat making dehydration much more noticeable. Therefore it is vital to be mindful of how much we are drinking throughout the day in the winter to keep us hydrated.
Water makes up approximately 50-70% of our bodies and is essential to how well our bodily systems are regulating everyday functions. Water is necessary for transporting nutrients, removing waste from the body, supporting the immune system, hydrating your tissues and organs, maintaining blood pressure as well as maintaining a proper body temperature (helping us keep warm when it's cold outside!)
Here are some tips on how to stay hydrated during the winter:
- Mix it up
The Eatwell Guide recommends drinking 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. This can include water, low fat milk and sugar free drinks such as sparkling water or no added sugar squash. Tea and coffee are included too!
- Drink warm beverages
Instead of reaching for cold water, try drinking warm beverages like herbal tea, hot cocoa, or warm lemon water. Not only will they help you stay hydrated, but they'll also warm you up on chilly days.
- Eat hydrating foods
Certain foods like fruits and vegetables, have high water content and can help you stay hydrated. Some examples include watermelon, oranges, cucumbers and celery.
- Use a humidifier
Cold air can be very dry and using a humidifier can add moisture to the air, helping prevent dehydration. Running a humidifier in your bedroom while you sleep is a great way of doing this!
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
While it may be tempting to reach for a warm cup of coffee or a glass of wine, both alcohol and caffeine can dehydrate you. Some people are more sensitive to caffeine than others, depending on how much they drink and how often, so always check the label for drinks that are high in caffeine.
Remember to listen to your body and drink water even when you don't feel thirsty. Stay healthy and hydrated this winter!