Staying Hydrated in Cold Weather
When the temperature outside becomes freezing, the last thing on your mind is drinking a nice cold glass of water. However, dehydration doesn’t disfavor the cooler months. In fact, it may be easier to become dehydrated as the dry winter weather can lead to a decreased thirst sensation, causing you to drink less.
Up to 60% of the human adult body is made up of water, which is why our bodies need water in order to function properly. Staying hydrated is essential and beneficial for exercise, sleep, and so many other natural body functions. Drinking water can even give your immune system a boost and prevent you from getting sick during peak cold and flu season. Try these simple tips to help you stay hydrated this winter season:
- Carry a water bottle with you so you have an opportunity to drink more on the go
- If you are thirsty, don’t wait, stop and take a drink
- If your urine is dark, you may need to drink more water
- Drink mostly water; avoid alcohol and caffeine as these can cause dehydration
- Make sure to drink before, during, and after exercise
Hopefully, these five tips will be enough to remind you to keep your water intake up during the cooler months. Remember, stay hydrated so that you stay well!