Staying hydrated in winterJanuary 25 2021
Staying hydrated during the winter months can be a challenge for many of us when the thought of a cold drink of water is less appealing.
Did you know that by the time we feel thirsty, we are often already dehydrated?
Since our fluid levels affect our ability to control our temperature, pulse, blood pressure, digestion and many other functions, it’s something to take seriously.
The Top Signs of Dehydration
If you experience any of the following symptoms, dehydration may be playing a role:
1. Feeling thirsty and dry mouth are usually the most obvious signs of dehydration and are signals that should not be ignored.
2. Dark urine is another sign of dehydration. When well-hydrated, your urine should be pale yellow.
3. Fatigue is a common symptom that has many different causes, but you may be surprised to hear that dehydration can be one.
4. Dry, flaky skin is a sign of long-term dehydration. Drinking plenty of water keeps the blood supply to your skin flowing, resulting in a healthy complexion.
5. Headaches are another very common sign of dehydration, so try drinking a glass of water next time you feel one coming on.
Tips for Winter Hydration
- Always have a bottle of water with you. For example, on your desk, next to your bed or in your bag. Keep it in your line of sight, that way you’re more likely to take a sip
- Winter is the perfect time to enjoy a delicious comforting soup. They are often full of water so a great way to increase your fluid intake.
- Set yourself a reminder! An alert on your phone or a note on your desk can help remind you to top up your water bottle
- Did you know cucumber, lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, peppers and spinach all consist of a least 90% water? Adding juicy fruit and veg to your diet is a great way to eat your water
- Make a switch from tea and coffee and try herbal teas. Peppermint tea is a favourite in the centre. Other flavours include warming ginger or zingy lemon can help you warm up and hydrate
- Always have a glass of water next to you at meal times and remember to take sips.
Don’t underestimate the power of water. It’s essential to all of our body’s systems and drinking enough is an easy way to help our body to function properly.
Have you had a glass of water recently? Go grab one now!