How can I increase my fluid intake over winter?
Do you find it hard to stay hydrated when it’s cold? Increasing fluids in the winter months can be difficult, especially when signs of dehydration are very different to those in summer. With less sweating and feeling colder, it can be hard to see the signs. However, hydration in winter is equally as important as it is in the warmer months to help keep energy levels stable, prevent skin from drying out, and supporting a healthy immune system. Here are a few handy tips to keep fluid intake up over the winter months;
- Make hydration a winter routine by drinking one glass of water in the morning and one at night when you brush your teeth. Regardless of your activity levels or how cold it is during the day, putting this in your routine will help with keeping your fluids up.
- Warm up your fluids. Warm herbal teas in a thermos might be more appealing than cold water from the tap. Just make sure to keep these to around 2-3 a day, without adding milk or sugar. Even hot water with a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange can do the trick!
- Drink your food! Some foods contain higher amounts of fluids than others. If you’re not too keen on drinking water during the day, increasing your intake of fruit and vegetables such as cucumber, tomato, grapes and berries can increase your fluid intake. Warm and nutritious soups and broths also increase fluid intake.
- Keep your hydration handy by having a bottle of water at your desk, in your car and in your bag. Small sips throughout the day can be easier and less chilling than larger amounts.