As the scorching summer days gradually turn into bone-chillingly cold nights that get longer and colder, we know that winter is finally here. And in our efforts to keep warm and dry, we forget about other physical symptoms typically associated with summer, dehydration. It’s very easy to overlook the importance of staying hydrated in the wintertime, but the truth is you can just as easily be dehydrated in cold weather as in the heat of summer. Thirst is not always the most obvious symptom, especially since we tend not to be as thirsty in the winter as in the summer. However, dry skin, chapped lips, the vapor that escapes our lips are all signs of dehydration as well as exhaustion, muscle fatigue and cramps. An accurate indicator of dehydration, whether in summer or winter, is the color of your urine: the darker it is the more dehydrated you are. So don’t let the cold trick your body into thinking that it doesn’t need H20. The next time you exercise in the winter, remember that it’s very important that you stay hydrated and replace any fluids you loose!


Eat your fluids

Staying hydrated isn’t just about drinking bottles and bottles of water. You can also get your fluids from fruits and vegetables that have a high water content, such as apples, pears, clementine, cantaloupes and oranges or vegetables such as celery, cucumbers and tomatoes.



Be aware of diuretics

Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it causes extra water loss through urination so consume caffeinated drinks with caution and in moderation. In fact, you need to make sure that you drink extra water to keep yourself hydrated if you’re drinking coffee or tea during the day.

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Drink hot chocolate

Other than being good for the soul, hot chocolate can help you retain water in the body and gives you that little energy boost to help you fight the cold. Go for raw cocoa powder to keep the drink healthy and help you fight dehydration.



Drink room-temperature drinks

Opt for room-temperature drinks (around 20 degrees celsius) rather than cold drinks because they help keep your body at an optimal temperature. This is important post-workout, to help your body reach optimal temperature after losing water and being exposed to the cold.



Use a humidifier

During the winter the air around us tends to be dry, especially if you use heating, it makes the air even drier. A humidifier can help keep air moist and help you avoid dehydration and dry skin.