Colder Winter months can sometimes make you neglect your daily water intake. You might assume you need less water than you do during Summer because you don't feel parched and aren't sweating like you do in warmer weather. Not true! Here are three reasons to keep your water cup filled during Winter.
Hydrate Despite the Chill
You need to drink the same amount of water year round — and maybe even more in the Winter. Even though it feels like you aren't sweating as much as you do during the Summer, your body still loses a lot of water during the Winter from day-to-day activities like breathing, staying warm, and urinating. Read more on calculating your recommended daily water intake here.
Winter activities like skiing, sledding, and even snowball fights can also lead to dehydration. Know the signs of dehydration so you can respond accordingly. If you are experiencing dizziness, headaches, constipation, or dark eye circles, quickly guzzle up some water.
Dry, nippy weather can leave skin cracked and flaky, but water does promote skin circulation and can help plump up your skin. While applying a hydrating moisturizer can help make skin smooth and supple, adequate water consumption is key for flake-free skin.
Keep reading for the health reasons to keep water handy in Winter.
Water For Health
In order for your body to fight illnesses, you body has to create mucous, which requires sufficient water to produce. Mucous membranes act as a barrier to catch and destroy harmful bacteria and viruses that want to enter your body.
Dry weather sucks up moisture quickly, which is why your lungs, throat, nose, and lips feel incredibly dry when you wake up on Winter mornings. You should use a humidifier in your bedroom to keep your lungs and nasal passages lubricated. That way, your active mucous membranes can protect your body from outside invaders.