Winter is on its way and most of us are spending more time in a heated environment, leading to dry skin, chapped lips, headaches, etc…all caused by dehydration. Usually we think of dehydration as more of a problem in the summer, but actually in the winter moisture can be drained from the body more easily and leave you dehydrated.
Check out these winter dehydration facts:
– Cold weather can actually increase your risk of dehydration.
– In cold weather more moisture is lost too through respiratory evaporation. Humans lose 1 pint of water a day through breathing alone, and this increases in winter.
– The hormone that triggers our sense of thirst reacts differently when we are exposed to cold weather. So in general people don’t drink as much as they should in the winter.
– In order to feel thirsty, your body has a mechanism that is often triggered by sweating, leading to your body demanding more fluid by feeling thirsty. However in cold weather our body reacts differently and you don’t feel as thirsty.
– When wrapped up in lots of layers it is normally more difficult to tell how much you’re sweating and how dehydrated you are becoming.
One thing you can do to avoid winter dehydration is to make a daily water drinking goal. Everyone has heard the “drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily” recommendation. Most doctors suggest a bit more, but also include other beverages like tea and juice in that amount.
The best way to accomplish a hydration goal is with a good 1 liter reusable water bottle…maybe two. Fill it up before you head out for the day and plan on filling it again at lunchtime. In rough terms, women should shoot for 2 liters and day and men should drink 3 liters. If the bottle is always with you than it serves as a reminder to meet your goal. Of course, keep those reusable water bottles clean with Bottle Bright and you can not only feel good from being properly hydrated, but also by knowing you’re drinking from a fresh, clean bottle!