Nutrition

Hydrate the Winter Weather Away

Most people think that just because it isn’t hot and sunny out you don’t need to drink as much water, but this isn’t true. During the winter, you need to hydrate just as much as in any other season. Dehydration can also cause you to be more susceptible to colds, the flu, and other winter sicknesses. To stay hydrated and healthy during the upcoming season, try these simple tips:

1.     Always keep a bottle of water handy. Always keep a water bottle next to your bed so you’re hydrated when you wake up and when you go to sleep. You will less thirsty when you wake up and healthier throughout the day.

2.     Drink a glass of water with every meal. When you start each meal with a glass of water, you won’t have to worry about forgetting to hydrate throughout the day. Also, this is a healthy alternative to drinking other sugary and fattening drinks.

 3.     Keep your skin moisturized. As the temperature drops and the air become drier, so does your skin. According to Discovery Fit & Health, winter air has less humidity and dries out your skin, causing skin to lose moisture. Also, when you wear many layers your skin can’t breath well, causing skin to dry out even more as the winter goes on. Make sure to always use lotion and lip balm to keep your whole body moisturized.

4.     Eat lots of fruit and veggies. These foods contain high amounts of water. According to the Institute of Medicine, more than twenty percent of our water intake comes from fruits and vegetables. Foods such as cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelon, and grapefruits are 98 percent water. Eating these foods is an easy way to stay hydrated.

Stay hydrated, healthy, and illness-free this winter by following these easy tricks!

By Melina Martino

Photo Source: ehow.com

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