Happy Holidays! December 12, 2018
The benefits of staying hydrated continue through the Winter months, so please send in a water bottle for your child to keep at school. Headaches seem to be on the increase over the last few weeks and helping prevent headaches is just one of the reasons that drinking water is important. Here are some more:
Reasons Why You Should Drink More Water Over Winter
We all know the importance of staying hydrated during the warm summer months, however for many of us our water intake declines over winter. There are less visible reminders to ensure you drink water and you are less likely to feel thirst in the cooler weather than you would during hot summer days. However, it is even more important to drink lots of water during winter than it is during summer. Here are some key reasons why you should up your water intake to stay healthy and hydrated over the winter months.
Water Fights Winter Dehydration
As the weather cools, we find ourselves wrapping up in more layers and turning on the heaters. This artificially warm environment is coupled with the dry air of artificial heating which leads to winter dehydration. Winter dehydration is harder to notice – particularly if you are not sweating and you are feeling cool.
You may not have realised that you haven’t had any water during the day, particularly as your body’s thirst response significantly diminishes in cooler weather. However, dehydration can cause significant impacts to your well-being. It is vital you keep hydrated to regulate your body temperature, allowing your blood to carry important nutrients and oxygen around your body and remove toxins from your body.
During winter your body loses moisture in other ways, such as the water vapour you see from your mouth and nose when you are outside in cold weather, this may not be as noticeable as a key summer sweating indicator but should not be ignored nonetheless.
Remember, just because you’re not thirsty doesn’t mean that your body is hydrated.
Be More Energetic
Are you partial to the mid-afternoon slump or perhaps need a midday caffeine boost to help you ward off fatigue? It is likely you are suffering from dehydration, a major cause of daytime fatigue. Keeping well hydrated will ensure your bodily functions are supported and running efficiently. When you are dehydrated your body functions slow down and use up your extra energy resources, leaving you feeling tired and sluggish.
Keep a glass of water to hand and sip regularly to keep you alert and energetic during the day.
Protect Your Immune System
The winter months can be a testing time for our immune systems, with the many airborne viruses that we all seem susceptible to. Dehydration can seriously weaken our immune systems barriers. The lack of water can dry out the mucous membranes in our lungs and sinus passages which can reduce their resistance to infections.
Keeping well hydrated during winter ensures that the barriers used to protect your body from colds and flu are fully functional and completely intact.