You would never think hydration could be an issue during winter, as there is no way you could possibly become dehydrated as you are not profusely sweating like the hot days of summer. Dehydration can still occur in winter, if not at a more accelerated rate! Fluid loss occurs via water vapour loss from breathing, along with loss via an increased urine output, as the kidneys attempt to maintain blood pressure while blood vessels constrict as a survival mechanism in cold temperatures
Dehydration in winter can increase your susceptibility to illness especially colds and flu, along with common symptoms of fatigue, headaches and cramps. Hydration is essential for every day metabolic processes, along with fighting fatigue, detoxifying, facilitating weight loss, improving digestion and leading to clearer skin and less wrinkles. Meeting your fluid intakes of 1L per 20kg of body weight can be tough enough in summer let alone in winter!
Below lists a few tips to meet your fluid needs this winter
#1 Herbal teas are a fantastic way to curb cravings and keep you warm this winter, they are full of antioxidants and when caffeine free, can add to your water intake – green, chamomile, lemongrass & ginger, or peppermint are a few of our favourite
#2 Soups and broths not only keep you warm in winter but when packed full off veggies, herbs and spices can facilitate immune health and help to prevent or suppress sickness
#3 Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake will add to your water intake along with providing your body with essential vitamins and minerals to provide all round winter nourishment
#4 Start your morning with a warm water and lemon. Before breakfast or any drinks for the day a warm water and lemon prepares your body for food, it aims to detoxify and clear out your system causing bowel movements and correcting the bodies pH balance
#5 Reduce your intake of processed and packaged foods along with holding back on the salt at the dinner table. Dehydration is significantly caused by a high sodium intake, so aim to prepare your own meals and use fresh herbs and spices to add flavour to your home made dishes.