Intake of Water in the Winter

As the cold seasons roll by, many succumb to the horrible flus and viruses that permeate throughout the air. It almost becomes inevitable for anyone to go through winter without experiencing at least one or two serious flus, colds, or fevers. It can honestly put a serious damper on the mood when such a thing happens because for starters, we are already dealing with pretty gloomy weather for quite some time now. To have to deal with gloomy weather that feels like forever, shorter days, dark nights, and then sickness. One can easily see how winter after the holidays can be a long nightmare that people await to be over. Don’t get me wrong, winter is beautiful, but after all that staying indoors after the holidays, not seeing the sun out as much, experiencing shorter days, but still going to work and school it can definitely create an environment that really plays around with your mood. For that reason, being sick is something we try to avoid because no one wants to feel even more blecch both mentally and physically! That is why it is so important that even during the winter months, you work hard to keep yourself in good shape and you ensure that you are properly taking care of yourself. By not doing so, you end up becoming more vulnerable to the horrible viruses and fevers that lurk around during this season and trust me when I say it isn’t pretty. Thankfully there is a way that you can work to ensure better health for yourself during this time and it all starts with drinking enough water in the winter!

Why Water Intake in the Winter is Just as Important

Majority of people fall under this concept that drinking water and staying hydrated during the winter is not something that is seen as important as it is during the summer time. It isn’t common for people to think that when it is hot, you sweat more and sweating creates a sense of thirst that causes us to drink more water. This is quite a true statement, but it has also become quite a dangerous thought to have for it is this belief that has created the idea within people, that our feeling of thirst is a signal of our dehydration. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Dehydration within our body doesn’t only happen when we feel thirsty. Even if you do not feel like you need more water, there is still an overwhelming possibility that your body is in a state of dehydration. In fact, it is so common for nowadays for people to be in a consistent state of dehydration without even realizing it! It is also due to this idea, that people do not drink as much in the winter. In the winter people tend to not feel as thirsty as they do in the summer and because of that they believe that they do not need to drink as much water because their activity is lower, the heat is not forcing them to sweat, etc. But many people do not realize that no matter the weather, your body will always be losing water whether it is through urine or through you exhaling into the air when it is cold outside. These two simple and natural functions within your body actually forces you to lose more water than you would think and because of this, it is quite apparent that even during winter, the need to stay hydrated is still just as critical as it is during the summer. Especially if you still play sports during this season! Chances are if you do not hydrate, then you will end up in bed feeling horrible with a runny nose and an intense cough!

The Link Between Dehydration and Sicknesses

As I stated in the introduction to this article, people do not want to experience sickness all the time during the winter season, but nonetheless see it as a normal part of being in the winter season. Surely it can be, but if you are someone who is getting sick about 2-3 times in the span of winter (about 3 months) this is a signal to you that you most likely are not taking as much care of yourself during this season as you should be. In addition, this can also hint to you that your immune system has completely become vulnerable to viruses and sickness which can all be avoided if one drank more water in the winter! Drinking more water allows the body’s immune system to stay more alert and focused so that it can attack foreign entities within the body before they take over. Staying even adequately hydrated can allow the body to eliminate toxins and waste materials that enable your immune system to fight off infection. In addition, one can even consider dehydration as an indirect factor to affecting your immune system. In addition to directly affecting your immune system from within, dehydration can sort of create a domino effect in which it can trigger other factors that are known to weaken your immune system. For example, dehydration can affect your energy levels by making you feel very tired and weak. It can also greatly affect your ability to sleep which makes you less prone to exercising, another factor that can create a weakened immune system over time. It is important to remember that immune systems help us to fight off diseases, infections, and even cancer! With such a powerful system within our body, we would be crazy to not treat it in the best way that we can by nourishing it with water!

Signs that You Need to Hydrate Now

If you are reading this article and have now become curious whether you are dehydrated or not, then look no further. I can give you some signs that can help you understand whether you are currently in a state of dehydration, that way you can easily remedy the problem before it gets worse for you!

Cramps

If you notice that your muscles are cramping up a lot, then this is a great sign that your body is currently lacking enough water. If this is the case for you then maybe it is a sign that you need to carry more water with you when exercising or doing other physical activities in order to avoid this problem altogether. Cramps are absolutely painful even if they only last a few minutes so take this into consideration now so that you can make better decisions about your water intake later!

Dry Skin

You hear the saying of how people get dry skin during the winter and experience the horrible chapped lips as well. It all becomes too common during this cold, snowy, or rainy season because the winter season is often known for being very low in humidity. Humidity is known to hold moisture in the air that can help your skin stay hydrated, but unfortunately when it is lacking during the winter time, the loss of moisture contributes to incredibly dry skin. Factor this in with the fact that your skin also becomes dry when you do not drink enough water and you can see how you can be hit with double the trouble. If your skin is already known to be dry during the winter and you make it worse by not staying hydrated, you can experience dry skin that is so severe that it becomes flaky and inflamed, an overall horrible experience that no one wishes to have. If you notice that your skin has become intensely dry and the moisturizer you use is not cutting it, then this is a telltale sign that you need more than just a good moisturizer to correct the problem. You need water to help alleviate the problem and trust me when I say that with the right intake of water daily, your complexion will be glowing again.

Confusion and Lightheadedness

If you notice throughout the season, that your mind feels a lot slower and you tend to feel more dazed and confused, this is a strong sign that you are definitely dehydrated. Dehydration at even little levels can create quite a profound impact on your brain. Studies show that just a two percent loss in body weight from water loss can affect cognitive and physical performance. You will notice that over time, you are not performing as well as you would like and in addition to that, a strong feeling of fatigue may cause you to be unable to focus on your important tasks and goals for the day. If your reaction time is slower, you can’t process information as quickly, and you just feel lightheaded and dazed then bring out the water now and start drinking! If you do, you will notice over time that your mental state is improving and physically you feel fresh and awake to tackle on the day no matter what!

Dry Eyes and Eye Strain


Your vision can also be greatly impaired by your lack of dehydration during the winter season. Upon dehydration, you will realize that your eyes are producing less tears meaning that they are no longer able to properly lubricate, causing dry eyes. With dry eyes you can end up unable to produce enough tears to see more clearly or flush out any particles that may get into your eye. This leads to blurred vision and feelings of irritation in the eye which are absolute no good! In addition, what is known as an eye strain can also occur. This happens when the eyes are insufficiently lubricated creating tired eyes, blurred vision, headaches, and double vision. You can help to reduce your eye strain by drinking lots of water so that you can flush out the salt in the body and keep the eyes hydrated.

Little Tips for Proper Hydration

Now that you are aware of what hydration can do for you in the winter and how hydration is just as critical in the summer as it is in the winter, it is now time to take the necessary steps to drink more water and fuel your body! Here are some little tips to help you on your journey to becoming a happier and healthier you!

Sip not Gulp!

It becomes really common for people to gulp their water down instantly and think that this helps you to stay hydrated when in all honesty, hydration is something that happens slowly. If you gulp your water down like it is nothing, you are way more prone to being dehydrated because you drink the water so quickly at a rate that surpasses your body’s ability to absorb that water for necessary processes, what ends up happening is that your body only takes a certain amount of water in and then completely passes the rest of the water through, leaving you to use the bathroom to urinate the rest. In the end, you ended up drinking a lot of water, but the majority of it was wasted and then after sometime your body needs more hydration so you need to fuel it with more water. It becomes better for you that instead of drinking large amounts of water every few hours that you focus on sipping water every few minutes or as often as you can. That way you know that every bit of water you are consuming is being used by your body efficiently!

Create a Schedule


The best way to implement water into your daily life (if you struggle with that) is by creating a schedule in which you designate specific times for consuming water. Try to tell yourself that you will drink this amount of water when you wake up, a certain amount of water before lunch and dinner, as well as a certain amount of water when you go to bed. By designating times for drinking water, you are more likely to stay on track and maintain proper hydration throughout the winter season! Stay warm and hydrated!

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