On my way home last night, I noticed my hair behaving differently. What I call the “staticky hair problem” happens to me every winter season… All those hairs just can’t stay down! What this made me realize is the impact that the change in season can have on our bodies physically, and in ways that we may not think of. One of these impacts is our hydration levels, which if not managed can leave us dehydrated and affect us in ways we don’t expect. In this blog, I’ll talk about how winter can affect our hydration levels in ways we don’t expect and the importance of staying hydrated. I’ll also share some tips for staying hydrated this winter season.
In the summer, our hydration needs are more obvious. The beating hot sun, our body’s release of sweat to cool ourselves down, the thirst for a cold drink, etc. Our body’s reactions to heat and the sun remind us to grab that glass of water to quench that thirst. In the winter, thirst doesn’t hit in nearly the same way, which can cause us to under-hydrate and lead to dehydration. What’s more? We naturally spend more time indoors to stay warm, exposing us to dry indoor air. Couple that with our reduced intake of Vitamin D from reduced sun exposure, and we may also find ourselves reaching for dehydrating beverages like caffeine to stay motivated throughout the day or even alcoholic drinks to help us relax.
Like in any other season, staying hydrated is important for a number of reasons. We highlight five reasons below.
- Skin Health: Adequate hydration is essential for maintaining healthy, glowing skin during a season when dryness is prevalent. Well-hydrated skin is more resilient against winter's harsh conditions.
- Immune Support: Staying hydrated helps your immune system function optimally, which is crucial in warding off winter illnesses.
- Energy Levels: Dehydration can lead to fatigue and decreased energy levels. By maintaining proper hydration, you'll feel more energetic and alert.
- Digestive Health: Good hydration is essential for proper digestion. It helps prevent constipation and other digestive discomforts that can be exacerbated by the winter chill.
- Mood and Cognitive Function: Dehydration can affect your mood and cognitive function. Stay hydrated to keep your spirits up and your mind sharp.
Have we convinced you that staying hydrated is important yet? Well, if you’re looking for ways to stay hydrated this season, try our tips below.
- Hydrating Teas: Consider herbal teas that not only warm your body but also provide hydration. Opt for caffeine-free options like chamomile, hibiscus, or ginger.
- Fruit-Infused Water: Give your water a flavorful twist by infusing it with slices of citrus, berries, or herbs. This not only adds a refreshing touch but also encourages hydration.
- Hot Water with Lemon: Start your day with a cup of warm water and lemon. It's a comforting way to kickstart your hydration routine.
- Broths and Soups: Enjoy warm broths and soups made from clear or vegetable bases. Chinese culture around consuming soups and broths has been around for thousands of years. We discussed the benefits of Chinese soups and broths in a recent Instagram post.
- Coconut Water: Opt for natural coconut water, which is a great source of hydration and provides essential electrolytes.
Keep hydration top of mind this winter season. By making mindful choices, you can sip your way to winter wellness, ensuring you're not only warm and cozy but also well-hydrated.