You’re probably quite good at keeping yourself hydrated in the Summer, when the sun is shining, you feel warmer and because you actually feel thirsty. But dehydration can strike in the Winter months too, when your thirst response is not as strong. It is important to remember that just because you’re not thirsty, doesn’t mean you’re hydrated. There are many reasons why it is just as important to stay hydrated in winter, and there are many benefits to your health to do so…
Detox Your Body
Drinking plenty of water helps you flush out the toxins that accumulate in your body. At a time of year where excess and consumption is at an all-time high (think about all that Prosecco, mince pies and cheese), water is vital to help your body get rid of the waste you’ve been putting into it. Water is the key lubricant that helps to transport the toxins and waste out of the body via the colon, preventing constipation and flushing your system. Drinking plenty of water also helps transport the nutrients the body does need to the right places.
Get An Energy Boost
In the winter you are more likely to turn to a hot cup of tea or coffee when you hit that afternoon slump. However, your tiredness could actually be a sign that you’re dehydrated. Your body becomes sluggish and uses more energy to perform daily tasks when you’re not properly hydrated, resulting in you feeling lethargic. So, next time you’re feeling sleepy at your desk, make a stop at the watercooler when you’re on your way to the coffee machine.
In the winter your skin can get really dry. The combination of those cold winds outside along with the dry, warm air from the central heating results in moisture being sapped from your skin. Many people turn to expensive moisturisers and facials to keep their skin supple in the winter, but it’s key to drink plenty of water to hydrate from the inside, out.
Avoid Winter Weight Gain
It is so common to put on weight in winter that it is almost expected of us, but “Holiday Weight” or “Winter Weight” can be avoided if you make sure you drink plenty of water in the winter months. Many of the occasions that we feel hungry and start snacking between meals, we are actually mistaking hunger with dehydration. Next time you find yourself reaching for the sweet treats or comfort food, grab a glass of water and sip it slowly. You will often find that your cravings subside and you can resist the temptation to overindulge. Sipping water with your meals will also prevent you from overeating or going back for too many helpings.
We are all very aware that during the Summer months and during physical activities we sweat and lose water. In Winter, we aren’t necessarily exercising as much and we certainly aren’t sweating from the heat, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t losing moisture. You know when you can see your breath coming from your mouth and nose in the cold weather? That is water escaping from your body. Just another reason why it is key to keep yourself hydrated in winter!
Hydration & Warmth In One
Remember, the water you consume doesn’t have to be ice cold from the watercooler. You could have a nice hot cup of herbal tea, or a warm water with fresh lemon juice. And with our awesome range of water boilers, you don’t have to waste time waiting for the kettle to boil. Hydration and a warm drink at the flick of a switch. Perfect!