The Importance of Staying Hydrated During the Cold Winter Months

Nothing feels better than a tall glass of ice cold water when the temperatures are soaring. However, ice water doesn’t sound quite so appealing when the temperatures are plunging into the single digits.

Regardless of the weather outside, it is important for people to drink the recommended amount of water each day to remain hydrated. Failing to do so will prevent your body from functioning properly.

While it might seem as if drinking water is more important in hot weather because of the loss of fluids due to sweating, it is equally important in the cold weather. Winter’s cold and flu season can be combatted by drinking enough water since water boosts your immune system. Here’s another bonus-it helps prevent the dreaded winter weight gain. When you drink water your metabolism increases which helps to curb your appetite. This will come in handy when you are attending all of your holiday parties and feasting at family get-togethers.

Here are some other important reasons to keep your water intake up during the cold winter months:

  • Ward off headaches. Headaches are one of the first signs of dehydration. Therefore, if you are experiencing headaches, the first order of business is to make sure you are getting enough water to drink.
  • Put some pep in your step. Dehydration can lower the amount of oxygen that flows to your brain which results in fatigue. If you find yourself feeling tired try drinking more water. A lack of water also can impact your ability to concentrate. Make sure to drink water as soon as you wake up in the morning, as well, since you lose water in your sleep.
  • Look your best. Healthy, blemish-free skin begins with well-hydrated skin. You can’t look your best if your skin is dry.

Drinking fresh, clean water is the best way to keep a body hydrated but there are other ways to stay hydrated, as well. Green tea or even hot water with honey and lemon goes toward your daily intake of water. Many fruits and vegetables have a high water content, as well. It also is important to remember that not all liquids are created equal. Limit your intake of alcohol, caffeine and soda if you want to keep hydrated. These types of liquids can actually cause you to become dehydrated.

Remember, just because you are surrounded by ice and snow this winter that doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need to remain hydrated! So raise a glass and start drinking water!

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