We all know that staying hydrated is important during the hot summer months, but what about the winter? Well, as you might expect, winter hydration is just as important to your overall physical health as it is in the summer, and drinking enough water is a great place to start. Feeling dehydrated isn’t just a matter of feeling thirsty or not. There are a host of signs that you should increase your winter hydration.

What is Winter Dehydration

A day in the sun is a no-brainer for making sure you drink enough water, but it can be easy to forget to do the same during the colder months of the year. Our bodies lose fluids through everyday functions like sweating and urination. Signs of winter dehydration can include:

    • A decrease in appetite
    • Dark urine
    • Chapped lips and skin
    • Low energy
    • Constipation
    • A drop in blood pressure

In addition to those symptoms, not getting enough winter hydration can leave our bodies with too little energy to keep us warm, resulting in a lower body temperature.

Staying Hydrated When the Temperature Drops

Winter hydration might look a little different than summer hydration in some instances. While July or August might call for a refreshing bowl of watermelon or a popsicle—both great ways to stay hydrated—in the winter you might turn to health sources of fluids like broths and soups, vegetables, or a mug of herbal tea, in addition to water. Beverages containing caffeine and alcohol can lead to dehydration, so make sure to be aware of what you’re consuming.

In addition to not taking in enough fluids, our bodies lose hydration through winter activities like shoveling and skiing. The dry air created by indoor heat also causes us to become dehydrated. So, when considering winter hydration, be sure to look at the bigger picture—outdoor and indoor activities, diet, and water intake—and turn your focus to those foods and beverages that will keep you feeling warm, cozy, and healthy all season long.

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