Most people associate dehydration with summer heat and humidity.
But winter can also drain the body of essential fluids for many reasons:
- Breathing cold and dry air causes the body to lose large amounts of fluid.
- We don’t have the visual cue to drink in winter as we don’t tend to sweat as much. When we perspire in cold weather, the sweat turns into vapor and isn’t directly on our skin,
- In winter, we feel about 40 percent less thirsty, even though the body’s need for water is unchanged year round.
- Because we don’t feel thirst as acutely as we do in summer, we’re less likely to keep a bottle of water handy during cold-weather months
Signs of dehydration
- Dry skin and hair
- Dry lips
- Less pee
Benefits of staying hydrated
Helps you lose weight.
Drinking water helps boost your metabolism,
cleanse your body of waste, and acts as an appetite suppressant. Also,
drinking more water helps your body stop retaining water, leading you to
drop those extra kilos.
Keeps your skin dewy and glowy.
Water flushes toxins out of your body
and anything else that shouldn't be there so it clears your skin of any dirt
and bacteria and keeps the cells nice and plump.
Keeps your moods swings under control.
Even a slight drop in hydration can
lead to impaired brain and muscle function leading to mood swings and reduced
Keep headaches at bay. Dehydration can trigger headaches and migranes.
Headaches are one of the main symptoms of dehydration. studies have
shown that drinking water can help relieve headaches in those who
experience frequent headaches
Set your hydration goals. I always aim to drink at least 2- 3x 750 ml Earth Bottles
per day as a minimum, but I usually drink more.
In winter you feel less likely to drink water to pimp your drink a little by adding some lemon or cucumber for a fruity infusion.
Herbal teas that are caffeine free also contribute to hydration so invest in some
lovely teas to stay hydrated.