The Importance of Staying Hydrated in the Winter Months
There are few pieces of health advice repeated as often as “drink plenty of water.” Though we’re often reminded of the importance of hydrating, on average, people drink less water during the colder months of the year. We drink less because we sweat less, but it’s as important to keep the H2O flowingduring the times when there is snow on the ground as it is on those 80+ degree days.
A few Winter hydration facts:
1) Drinking water can help keep your skin clear.
Your body needs proper hydration to flush toxins out of your system. Without enough water, your body will expel more impurities out through your pores; especially problematic during the winter, when your skin is at its most dry. Without proper hydration and the usual amount of moisture in your skin, you’re more likely to develop blemishes.
2) You don’t have to drink eight glasses of water per day
The amount of water you need per day depends on such factors as your height, weight, activity level and the amount you eat. Since our activity level varies from day to day, some days you may need more water and some you may need less. Keep in mind that many foods also contain a good amount of water that goes towards your daily hydration goal.
3) More water = a stronger immune system
Trying to avoid catching a winter cold? Staying hydrated can help. The mucous membranes in your nose and lungs are vital to your bodies fight against the cold that is going around the office. Without enough water to keep those membranes functioning properly, they can dry out, inhibiting your immune system’s ability to ward off getting sick.
4) Keep your energy high
Even slight dehydration can make you feel fatigued and tired. Your muscles rely on a proper water-electrolyte balance to function properly. Muscles can begin to fatigue after as little as a two percent loss of water.
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