The groundhog may not have seen his shadow to declare an early spring, but it definitely still feels like winter is in full effect in many parts of the country! Colder temperatures usually come with drier air, leaving your skin and body parched. Though your thirst response can be reduced by up to 40% in the colder months, staying hydrated is equally important in the winter as it is during summer.
Combat winter dehydration with these simple strategies:
Set a water drinking goal:
First, make sure to do the research on the proper amount of water for your body. A good general rule of thumb is to drink take half of your body weight, in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, your recommended water intake would be 100 ounces of water per day. Once you set your goal, find a friend to join in and help keep you accountable! Make sure to get your water from a purified water refilling station, like FloWater, to avoid unnecessary plastic waste!
Don’t forget electrolytes:
If you are exercising or find yourself sweating underneath layers of clothing, it’s very important to replenish your body with electrolytes. Electrolytes are essential in supporting healthy body functions like immune defense, cell repair, and bone strength. FloWater’s water refill stations are equipped with a 7x Advanced Purification Process, which enhances the water with magnesium, potassium, sodium, and calcium. These are the same electrolytes found in sports drinks and coconut water. If you plan on strenuous exercise longer than an hour, it’s a good idea to supplement with additional electrolytes. You can add electrolyte tablets, like Nuun Hydration, directly to your reusable bottle!
Drink it warm:
Drinking water will not only quench your thirst, but it can also boost your metabolism by up to 7%. Unfortunately, an ice cold glass of water usually isn’t very appealing when the temperatures are below freezing. Drinking a warm glass of water can warm up your body and also increase your metabolic rate. The hot water function on FloWater bottle fillers is a quick and easy way to get warm water on demand!
Hydrate with your food
Water based foods can also help with your bodies overall hydration. Though this should not be your main source of water, foods like fruits, veggies, and even soup can aid in keeping your body quenched. Fruits and veggies also contain plenty of necessary vitamins and minerals, adding to your overall health and wellness. Plus, who doesn’t love a hot cup of soup in the winter?