Most people know by now that remaining properly hydrated throughout the day is a must for overall good health. Many people however only really pay attention to the amount of water they consume in the summer, when they know that the summer sun will be depleting their body and dehydration is a risk. What many don’t realize is that dehydration can be a problem in winter too.
In fact, according to the USDA a great many people, including kids, do end up suffering from the effects of dehydration during the winter months, especially those who spend time outside – even if it’s only running errands- wrapped up (as they should be) in all of those warm layers, sweating more than they realize.
Another problem is that drinking those recommended eight glasses or more of water during the summer comes rather naturally, as the heat makes us all thirsty enough to want to keep drinking. That is not so much the case when it is cold out, especially as an ice cold glass of water is really the last thing you want when it is also ice cold outside.
This having been said, making the effort to stay hydrated is important, so to get you started, here’s a little about some of the best (and maybe even the sneakiest) ways to ‘trick yourself” into drinking – and retaining – more water during the winter months.
Drink Winter Water
As we mentioned, for most of us drinking lots of ice cold water in the winter just really isn’t appealing. That’s where winter water comes in. It’s just regular water, but served and consumed at room temperature and adding seasonal fruits like cranberries and apples (the real thing, not juice) to steep in a little extra flavor.
Eat More Fruit
Speaking of fruit, as most fruits and vegetables are made up of around 90% water eating that five a day you know you should be (five servings that is) or more, will help you stay hydrated as well as healthier in general.
Take Time for Tea
Herbal tea is warming, tasty and, of course, is basically flavor infused water. But water is not all that herbal teas have to offer. Green tea, for example, is a power antioxidant that offers all kinds of little health boosts, peppermint tea helps keep your digestive system healthy and functioning and a cup of chamomile tea is a great relaxant and stress reliever.
Soup is a winter favorite for many, but to get the most out of this warming treat, and help your body remain hydrated, broths are a better choice than their creamier counterparts. The good news of course is that there are so many tasty ones to choose from, from classics like chicken noodle and French onion to more exotic choices like pho or miso.
We are taking new patients and offering free consultations, and that way we find out if you are someone we can help before going any further. Call us today for a free consultation at (913)-953-5959 or CLICK HERE for more information about our Overland Park chiropractic office.