The temperatures are cooling down and you can finally take a break from sipping your water, right? Wrong!! Hydration in the colder months is just as important as it is in the warmer ones.
You probably aren’t as thirsty, so how can you make sure you’re getting all the fluids you need to perform at your best? We here at CharCharms have you covered, as always! Read on for our top tips to stay hydrated once those temps drop.
First off, know the signs of dehydration! Since we don’t sweat as much in the winter, it’s super easy to think we’re drinking enough water; but it’s a little trickier than that. You still need your 8 8-oz glasses every day, so this isn’t the time to skimp! If you’re regularly getting a mild headache above the tops of your ears, that’s a good clue that you need to get yourself a drink. Other signs are itchy skin, infrequent urination or dark urine, fatigue, and irritability. Check out our blog here for tips on caring for your lips.
So where are you losing hydration if you’re not sweating? Central heating strips water from the air, so your skin and lips don’t soak up as much. Believe it or not, just breathing outside will dehydrate you! When you see your breath, you’re actually exhaling water droplets into the air. Crazy, but true! That’s why your throat may feel scratch or dry after spending a day out in the fresh air in the colder months.
How can you get it back without spending all day drinking water?? One of the easiest ways is to sip on a non-caffeinated beverage. Herbal teas, decaffeinated teas, and apple ciders do double duty: they’ll warm you up and help you keep your hydration levels up. Snacks can do double duty too! Many fruits and vegetables are up to 90% water; think juicy sweet peppers and apples. Soup is a winter staple and making your own is a great way to keep your hydration up; keep an eye on the sodium or you’ll undo all your good work!
Reducing temperature swings will help you stay hydrated too! Our bodies use a lot of water to function in tip top shape, and something is simple as your clothing choices can really make a difference. Dressing in breathable layers made of natural fibers will help you regulate your temperature and will help your body use less of its water supply. Wool and cotton blends will help you stay comfy and cozy all winter long!
Okay, so now you’re ready to tackle that cold weather like a champ! Winter hydration doesn’t have to be daunting. Why not make it even more fun and treat yourself to a new bundle or tumbler? Remember to take your reusable water bottle with you on all your adventures and your body will thank you just as much as it does in the summer!