That's why you shouldn't forget to drink even in winter

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In winter, the last thing you want is to drink fresh water, yet it is one of the most important actions to do when temperatures drop.





Do you drink a lot? Necessary even in the coldest months! Staying hydrated in winter is just as useful as it is in summer, because falling temperatures are also one of the causes of dehydration. Yet, generally speaking, during the winter we tend to forget to drink enough water because we basically don't feel thirsty. But why is it so important to drink all the time?

In fact, by sweating less we also feel less need to drink, but what we don't know is that our body needs to continually excrete liquids, even when it's cold. For this reason it is essential to never stop quenching our thirst.

Our thirst reflex isn't overly strong, and when it's cold outside we're much less likely to keep our water bottle handy than we would when it's much warmer outside. In short it means that we are at greater risk of dehydration, especially in the flu season, when we lose much more fluidity through coughs and colds.

What is incurred, in short, exactly as with the summer heat, is a risk of hypohydration, which can increase with a greater diuresis due to low temperatures and which can be induced by a lower sense of thirst and sweat caused by excessive increased respiration with exposure to low temperatures and high altitudes. Furthermore, in winter, sweat evaporates more quickly in cold, dry air.

Drinking correctly and throughout the day even during the winter season, not waiting for the stimulus of thirst, can therefore avoid the typical symptoms of dehydration such as:

  • dry mouth
  • drowsiness
  • fatigue
  • dry skin
  • headache
  • constipation
  • dizziness

While more severe dehydration can cause extreme thirst, severe sleepiness in infants and children, irritability and confusion in adults, little or no urination, sunken eyes, wrinkled skin, and a feeling of faintness when getting up quickly from sitting to standing. erect.



Hence, a healthy habit is undoubtedly that of do not wait for the stimulus of thirst, which comes into action when the loss of water exceeds at least 0,5% of the body weight, but to drink constantly throughout the day.

Remember this especially for the elderly and children, which are the most “at risk” categories due to a lower efficiency of the thirst stimulus and of the compensation mechanisms of the water balance.

Here are some simple ways to make sure you are drinking enough fluids, protect the immune system and boost our energy:

Index

Set a goal

It may be enough to just set a reasonable goal, like about a liter of liquids each day, thinking you can add extra tea, soups, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Add a glass of water with meals

An easy habit to practice is to always serve meals with at least one glass of water.

Include tea throughout the day

Via libra to cups of herbal teas or tea. And the great news is that adding antioxidants into your diet with minimal calories or in the case of herbal teas offers a range of health benefits.

Add extras ”when needed

If you are particularly cold, you will necessarily have to add at least 500-600 ml of extra water to make sure you compensate for fluid losses, even if you don't sweat or feel thirsty. An easy option would be to enjoy warm boiled water with a little lemon to get the hydration benefits through a fluid you warm.



Read also: The 10 best herbal teas for colds and flu

Keep water close at hand

This means always having a glass, bottle or pitcher on your desk.

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