Winter warriors and summer lovers alike should agree that hydration is just as important on a snowy day as during the mid-summer heat. Whether you are partaking in outdoor activities on a snowy day or jumping from heated building to heated building, hydration is last thing to forget about!
In the winter, it is easy to forget about hydration because we perspire less noticeably. The cold, dry air of winter evaporates sweat more quickly. And, when partaking in winter activities we wear moisture wicking layers to stay warm, allowing us to not realize just how much we are actually sweating.
Winter affects how much moisture our bodies naturally absorb from the environment. The cold winter air tends to be drier than the humid summer air. Heated air in our homes and offices is especially dry.
As mammals, we have a survival mechanism in our body that constricts the blood vessels in cold weather to conserve our bodies’ heat and maintain our body temperature. Maintaining the core temperature becomes more important to the body than maintaining the proper fluid balance. The kidneys are not signaled by regulating hormones to conserve water and urine production increases. We begin to reach for less water due to our body being fooled into thinking it is properly hydrated, while releasing urine more often. This sounds like the perfect recipe for dehydration!
This winter, let’s make hydration a priority. The following tips will help you hydrate:
- Hot beverages – Try warming up with green tea or hot water with lemon.
- Drink from a straw – Drinking water from a straw allows you take bigger sips. Bigger sips = more fluids in!
- Eat more fruits and vegetables – Fruit and vegetables are an excellent source of water. Try these more hydrating fruits and vegetables: cucumbers, celery, watermelons, apples and tomatoes.
- Limit alcohol – Alcohol is a diuretic, which can lead to further dehydration.
- Drink room temperature water – Cold water absorbs into your body quicker but room temperature water keeps your internal body temperature optimal.
- Hydrate when exercising – Be sure to drink water before, during, and after you exercise.
Dehydration can cause muscle fatigue, cramps and loss of coordination. Be sure, this winter, to stay hydrated. If you want to have water at your fingertips at all times, contact us to find out about reliable water delivery service.