We’re all aware of the importance of staying hydrated in the hot summer sun, but it’s just as important to remember during the chilly winter months. In fact, without the physical reminders that come with heat and sweat and the desire to down a nice cold drink, it’s that much more important to make a focused effort to get enough water throughout the winter season, when we’re breathing cold, dry air.
Dehydration can cause a wide array of ailments, including headaches, fatigue, and cramps among others; and makes you more susceptible to colds and the flu. With that said, we’ve rounded up the top ways to make sure you hydrate happy this winter!
Heat it Up, Drink it Down
Reaching for a tall, cold glass of water just doesn’t have the same appeal when it’s chilly outside. So swap the icy beverages for hot ones. Limit alcohol and caffeine intake that contributes to further dehydration and instead opt for flavored hot waters and herbal teas. Fill a travel mug and take it with you so you can keep sipping throughout the day.
A simple slice of lemon and spoonful of honey go a long way in enhancing a mug of hot water, but you can also kick it up a notch and visit the dried fruits section of your local grocery store to experiment with your own flavor combinations. One of our favorites is a goji berry and ginger tea – recipe (if you can call it that!) below.
1 tablespoon dried goji berries
1/8″ piece fresh ginger peeled & sliced
1-2 cups boiling water
Stir all ingredients together, let steep for 2-3 minutes, and enjoy!
Protect the Skin You’re In
From chapped lips to cracked hands and wind-burnt cheeks, we’re all familiar with the rough effects winter can have on our skin. Making sure we’re getting enough water intake is a vital first step to promoting skin health, followed by selecting gentle, but effective products and following a skincare regimen. Incorporate products with ingredients that pack in hydration, such as hyaluronic acid, oatmeal, shea butter, antioxidants, and natural oils – and make sure to gently exfoliate regularly and moisturize religiously. Many of these ingredients can be easily made into at-home skin treatments. Try whipping up an oatmeal mask:
2 tablespoons oats
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon water
Lightly warm the mixture to soften it and smooth over skin. Leave for 15 minutes, then gently remove with warm water.
Worth its Weight to Hydrate
Staying fit is already more challenging in winter, when all we feel inclined to do is curl inside and snack for some added insulation, and drinking enough water is key to keeping up with fitness goals. Staying hydrated helps to control our appetites and aids the body in breaking down fat for energy. Plus, not getting enough water can lead to fluid retention.
Since you may not sweat as much or feel as thirsty, try to remember to drink before and after exercise, not just during. Opt for a large (48oz – 80oz) water bottle to better gauge how much you’re actually drinking and keep it simple for hitting your target hydration levels.
Leave a comment and let us know your favorite tips for staying hydrated in the winter weather!