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The Importance Of Staying Hydrated In The Winter

December 9, 2014

winter-hydration-insetJust because it’s cold doesn’t mean you need to drink less. Most people attribute hydration with high temperatures. But it’s easy to become dehydrated in the winter, and few people recognize the signs. Our hydration needs don’t change much in the winter months.

The total amount of liquid you take in for a day is a combination of beverages you drink as well as food you eat. About 75-80% of your water intake should come from beverages while the other 15-20% comes from foods like fruit and vegetables, which also contribute water. For those who exercise intensely, hydration needs can even increase during the cold months.

Here are three easy tips on how to stay balanced and hydrated this season:

1. Carry around a water bottle (of evamor). You know it’s important to drink water before, during and after a workout, but drinking water during the day can help stave off dehydration, too. You’ll replace the water that your body needs for its normal daily functioning and (hopefully!) add a little extra before your spin class. Eight servings of 8 oz. is about what your body needs every day, regardless of your activity.

2. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink. That means your body is craving water and already reaching levels of dehydration. Drink evenly throughout the day. During the eight-hour workday try to drink one glass of water an hour. This should cover the eight servings you need to stay hydrated and healthy.

3. Eat water-rich fruits and vegetables. Avoid high-sodium foods when possible.

Hydrating Foods:
Cucumbers, iceberg lettuce, celery, radishes, tomatoes, green peppers, cauliflower, watermelon, spinach, star fruit, strawberries, broccoli, grapefruit, baby carrots, cantaloupe

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