You know the feeling that I’m to explain…
Your skin is dry and scaly, your lips are chapped, your mouth is dry, your hair is dry.
Welcome to winter weather!!
We know there are so many reasons why we should be drinking water all year round so our bodies can function properly. In the winter, being hydrated can help regulate body temperature when the outside temperatures drop to less desired numbers.
Each day, your body loses about eight cups of water that needs to be replenished. Lower temperatures help to suppress thirst. Why? Blood vessels constrict and blood moves to vital organs and the body’s core to retain heat, meaning the brain is less likely to detect the onset of dehydration and release the hormones that stimulate thirst.
Not sure if you’ve experienced winter dehydration? Some symptoms include headaches, dizziness, drowsiness, muscle cramping, nausea, and vomiting. You could also experience dry mouth or chills.
Just like in the summertime, there are ways to keep hydrated. Make sure you also have a water bottle so you have liquids before, during, and after a workout. You’ll be able to easily replace the fluids that your body needs to keep it working properly. I like to set a water goal for each day. I know that I should drink no less than four full containers of the water bottle that I use to stay hydrated. I’ve also noticed some customized water bottles with specific times written on them so it reminds the person when it is time to drink.
Eat water rich fruits and vegetables like watermelon or lettuce. Oranges and apples are two other options to eat.
Wearing the right clothing is also a big help. Dress in layers while outside so that way if you’re working and a sweat is forming – you can remove some layers. Once the sweat turns to vapor, you are already starting to become dehydrated.
A good way to monitor whether or not you’re hydrated is to check your urine color. If you’re hydrated, your urine should be pretty clear.
Let’s chat! Have you ever experienced dehydration in winter?