Experts advise drinking extra water throughout the warm months of summer, but many people don't know that it's just as important to stay hydrated in the winter too. Keeping your water intake high during these colder months can help you fight off colds, protect your skin, and avoid winter weight gain, among other benefits. Here are five good reasons to keep sipping on water all year long.
1. Your body needs water all the time.
Though drinking a tall glass of cool water is more enjoyable when it's warm outside, your body's hydration needs don't change with the seasons. Sixty percent of your body is water, and when you're well hydrated, your body has an easier time regulating organ and cell functions, maintaining a consistent temperature, and flushing out toxins. You constantly lose water through sweat, breathing, and urination, so it's important to replace those fluids, summer or winter. If you don't like drinking cold beverages in the winter, try getting your daily water requirement from warm herbal teas instead.
2. Staying hydrated can ward off wintertime illnesses.
Your immune system is stronger when your body is hydrated. Drinking enough water throughout the winter can help you avoid colds and the flu throughout the dry winter months by keeping your airways lined with mucus, which traps germs before they can get into your system and make you sick. If you do come down with a bug, staying hydrated will also help keep you decongested.
3. Drinking water can prevent winter weight gain.
Winter is the time when many of us slack off on exercise and eat a little more. By the time March rolls around, it's common to find yourself carrying a few unwanted pounds. Water can help you beat winter weight gain before it starts by filling up your stomach, making you less likely to nibble when you're not hungry. Drinking plenty of water can also help prevent you from feeling hungry in the first place, since many feelings of hunger are caused by dehydration.
4. Hydration protects your skin from cold, dry air.
It's common for harsh, chilly winter air to leave your skin feeling dry and chapped, and there's only so much a good moisturizer can do. Hydrate your skin from the inside to avoid cold-weather dryness and other skin problems. Using a humidifier can help keep your skin in good condition during the winter months too.
5. You'll have more energy if you drink enough water.
With its long nights, winter tends to make people feel more sluggish than usual. If you've got a case of the winter blahs, not drinking enough water could be the cause; mild dehydration can cause brain fog and fatigue. Increase your water intake for higher energy levels and more alertness throughout the day.
Staying hydrated is essential for good health throughout the year. Whether you get your water in the form of herbal tea, flavored infusions, or straight from the bottle or tap, make an effort to keep your glass or water bottle full this winter, and you'll see improvements in all areas of your health.
Article From Inter Valley Health Plan