Why Drinking Water is So Important in Winter
By Genevieve Cunningham
When most people think about drinking water, they picture the hot summer months. They picture days on the beach, sweating in the blistering sun, and temperatures nearing the triple digits. While drinking plenty of water on days like this is definitely important, it’s not the only time that you should pay attention to your water intake. In fact, the winter months are one of the most important times to make sure you’re getting enough H2O. If you aren’t making water a priority this winter, take a look at these reasons to make it happen -- starting now.
Because It’s Easy to Forget
It’s all too easy to forget about water in the winter. It’s not hot, you’re not sweating, and you just don’t feel thirsty. This makes it incredibly easy to dehydrate! Make it a point to drink water, or else you’re likely to drink very little while it’s cold outside. Carry around a water bottle or water jug, and sip all day long. It’s also important to watch out for signs of dehydration in the winter. Things such as cracked lips and dry skin are indicative of cold air, but they may also signal that your water intake just isn’t enough.
Because Water is Important for Body Function
The body simply cannot be healthy without water. It won’t feel good, won’t work well, and will eventually shut down. Drinking enough water in winter (and all year round) can help ensure proper and efficient function of each system of the body. Circulation, the immune system, digestion -- all of these need water in order to work. If you want a body that functions as well as it possibly can, you must provide it with plenty of water.
Because You Probably Still Need Focus
Concentration is not something that is specific to only one time of year. We need it all of the time. And in winter, with the holidays and family togetherness and extra activities, it seems as if keeping focus is harder than ever. Drinking enough water can help us keep our concentration, as our brains also need plenty of water in order to work efficiently. If you feel your focus or productivity waning in the winter, try drinking more water and see if it makes a difference.
Water is a basic necessity of life. We quite literally can’t live without it. Unfortunately, far too many drink far too little, especially in the winter. Make drinking enough H2O a priority all winter long, and you’re more likely to come out with better health and wellness when the spring rolls around.
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