HEALTH HACKS | Is winter dehydration a thing?
It's colder outside, and you may not feel thirsty, but did you know dehydration can happen just as easily in the winter as it can in the hot summer months? As you move about in the cold, you may not be sweating, but water vapor is still being lost through your breath!
Winter is also a common time that we tend to exercise less and eat more. When hydrated, you body is better able to break down body fat for energy and your appetite is better controlled. Also, if your body does not get enough water, it will hold onto the water it already has; so hydration will help prevent water retention!
Feeling thirsty is your body's signal that it's close to becoming dehydrated. Another indication is the color of your urine (kinda gross, I know). If it's not clear or light-colored, you need more water! There are many viewpoints on how much water a day is enough. Some say it's good to drink between half an ounce to an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, each day. If you're exercising (which you should be!) then you'll need more!
If a tall glass of ice water on a chilly day is not your thing, herbal teas are a great alternative! Adding low-calorie/low-sodium flavors to your water is great too! A squeeze of lemon juice or a few slices of cucumber can make getting enough water a lot easier.