From Winter Dehydration to Winter Hydration
By Donna Stark
Did you know that you don't need to be in the scorching heat to be dehydrated? There are plenty of things to smile about during the colder months of the year, but winter dehydration certainly isn't one of them. Dehydration during the winter can be especially dangerous because you may not even realize how dehydrated you really are! You need to stay on top of your water consumption during the colder months, and with the tips below, it will be easy to do so!
Remember Your Water Needs
The amount of water your body needs during the day is dependent on several different reasons, so take the time to accurately figure out your requirements. Some important things to consider are your weight, age, and level of physical activity each day. Ask your primary doctor for help if you can't come up with a number.
Set a Water Goal
Setting a goal for the amount of water you want to drink each day is one of the easiest ways to track how much water you consume. Just make sure your goal covers the amount of water your body requires first, then keep your water bottle nearby and fill it repeatedly throughout the day. Or download an app to remind you when it is time to take a drink and to help keep track of your ounces.
Warm Your Water
If you find it difficult to drink an ice-cold glass of water during the cold winter days, try drinking some at room-temperature! Keep your water bottles in the pantry, set out a pitcher of water on the counter, or maintain a steady temperature by filling your thermos during the day. Many people prefer room-temperature water, so you won't be alone with this tip!
Try Out Hydrating Foods
There's no better way to cozy up and celebrate winter weather than a hot bowl of soup! A nutritious bowl of soup is an ideal option for dinner since it can easily contain an extremely high water content. And if you want to add extra hydration to your soup, just toss in some vegetables that have a high water content too, such as watercress, zucchini, bell peppers, and cabbage.
Turn Your Winter Dehydration Into Winter Hydration
It is easy to overlook your water needs when an icy, cold beverage is the last thing on your mind, but, with the simple tips above, you will no longer have that problem. Say goodbye to winter dehydration and hello to improved health and well-being!
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