Staying Hydrated During Winter: Why It’s Important & How to Do It

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With the drops in temperature you may be having trouble with dry and flaky skin, chapped lips and chronic fatigue. All those symptoms are signs that winter has finally arrived, but have you ever considered that you might also be dehydrated?

Most people don’t associate winter with dehydration, but don’t be fooled; we need just as much water in the wintertime as we do during the summer months. Although summer is associated with sweating and a loss of moisture, you’re just as likely to sweat when you’re wearing a thick winter coat, especially when you’re switching between freezing temperatures outside and high thermostats indoors.

This is all the more true if you enjoy winter sports like skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and snowboarding, which can work up a serious sweat. But you’re unlikely to have a water bottle handy during these activities — even though you’re technically burning just as many calories as you would doing summer sports. That’s why many winter sports enthusiasts find themselves dehydrated on the slopes, and they don’t even realize it.

Not only do we tend to drink less water in the winter (chugging back a cold glass of H20 just doesn’t have the same appeal when it’s cold out), but winter air is dry, and this makes your skin crack and your lips chap. Keeping hydrated can help prevent this from happening.

To maintain healthy hydration, follow these following tips:

Consume broth based soups

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A warm food that comforts the soul, bone broth has seen a hipster revival in recent years in the US. Full of protein, vitamins, minerals and amino acids, bone broth is a staple in cuisines around the world. It’s detoxifying and also extremely hydrating, making it a perfect winter supercharged food. This is the staple breakfast food in Eastern Europe, that’s being consumed all year round.

Drink herbal tea

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Instead of chugging coffee or a calorie-heavy hot chocolate to stay warm this winter, we recommend herbal tea instead. The hot water will help keep you hydrated and the antioxidant properties in the herbs can help prevent cell damage. And if you are really cold, add a splash of rum, and you can feel the way this hot heavenly goodness unthaw you.

Eat more potassium rich foods

Okay, so a banana doesn’t really seem like a cold-weather food, but potassium helps bananas-1642706_640transport water throughout your body. Kale, Brussels sprouts, and sweet potatoes can also help you get the potassium you need. Dehydration tends to upset your electrolytes, leaving
your body in a state of fatigue. Avoid the extra sugar in sports and energy drinks by trading them with foods and juices that contain natural electrolytes.

Be sure to drink plenty of water if you are active 

If you participate in winter activities like skating, skiing, snowboarding or snowshoeing, you want to make sure you’re drinking extra water. These activities work up a sweat and burn just as many calories as summer activities, so drink before, during and after your winter sports to stop winter dehydration from sneaking up on you.

Take care of your skin

It is very important to take care of your skin especially the face, because it is the only part of our body not covered during winter. Make sure to use hydrating facial cream whenever you go out, because the cold and the strong winds will make your skin dry. Also it is important to use moisturizing lip balms to prevent chapped lips.