11 Ways to Drink More Water This Winter


| 12/1/2014 9:00:00 AM


Tags: Water, Drink, Hydrate, Tips, Winter, Cold, Taylor Nutting,

Let’s face it: when it’s chilly outside, the last thing you want to do it reach over to your cold water bottle and drink eight ounces of life-giving water. In the winter, the air gets drier and heaters only dry out indoor air even further. Combined with that, because it’s colder, we don’t sweat as much and so are less apt to notice if we are becoming dehydrated. No matter the temperature outside, dehydration can cause muscle fatigue, exhaustion, cramps and dizziness, and can make you more susceptible to winter colds and the flu. Drinking water bolsters your immune system and lets your body run at full capacity.

The old rule of thumb was to drink eight, 8-ounce glasses of water a day. This was set in place primarily because it’s easy to remember: 8 x 8, water is great! According to the Mayo Clinic, an adequate intake for men is closer to 13 cups of water, while for women it’s only nine. This number increases when you add exercise (two more cups), weather (hot or cold), and/or illness.

Unfortunately, cold weather in winter makes it tough to want to hydrate, even though this is the time of year we need it most. (Just ask your dry skin and chapped lips!) Try some of our tips to stay hydrated and healthy this winter.

Woman Pouring Water

1. Make It a Goal

Consciously decide you want to drink more water, and you can create a healthy habit. Invite your family and friends to join you—you could even turn it into a competition. Make a schedule—you could even write it out directly on your water bottle. There are many apps that can help you track your water intake, like Waterlogged or Water Your Body for Android. Try to replace every soda you might have with a glass of water, and see how you feel after a week.

2. Drink Tea

Tea is a great way to drink more water. The hot water is inviting on a chilly day, and gentle tea flavor can be invigorating. Plus all those other great benefits of tea. Studies show that having one cup of green tea a day can greatly increase your immune system function. You could even experiment with herbal teas—mixing up your own “tea” (it’s not real tea without tea leaves) with fresh or frozen fruit, or some slices of ginger root for added health benefits!

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12/4/2014 4:42:42 AM

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carlosalvarez
12/3/2014 9:37:38 PM

Excellent Article Angie. I've been drinking more water lately (about 8-12 cups per day) and I've noticed that I feel much more energized, alert, and able to concentrate more. Also, it does take appetite away. Drinking water will help when your trying to lose carbs, cholesterol, weight, etc. Thanks for the great tips. Carlos





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