We all know the causes and signs of dehydration in the summer; we work up a sweat in the hot sun and suddenly our whole body is screaming for a glass of water. But what about winter? The body doesn’t need water any less in the winter, but it might be harder to notice how parched you are.
Here are 5 reasons why you need water in the winter and what to do about it:
- Winter dries out your skin even if you’re drinking enough water – Dry air, especially in a heated home during winter sucks the moisture out of your skin. The obvious solution is to moisturize, but even that takes a few pointers.
- No hot showers – long, piping hot showers actually contribute to dry skin by washing away needed oils that keep skin healthy. Take warm, shorter showers
- Moisturize right away when you’re done bathing. Moisturizing is not very effective if you’ve already dried off. Some dermatologists recommend putting on the moisturizer while you still in the shower to lock in that hydration!
- Hydration helps with weight loss – With Thanksgiving, Christmas, parties and cold weather outside, it’s easier to put on the pounds during winter. Staying properly hydrated can help prevent over indulgence as thirst sometimes manifests as feeling hungry – causing us to snack when a calorie-free glass of water would’ve done the trick!
- When you feel hungry, try some liquids first. Unsweetened hot tea or room temperature water are the best choices if you’re trying to watch your weight. Cold drinks could make you shiver!
- Hydration keeps you warmer – When you’re dehydrated, it’s more difficult for your body to regulate temperature. The double whammy comes when your air is also dry – because dry air feels colder than properly humidified air. If you’re thirsty in a home that’s too dry, it’s not going to be a comfortable!
- A whole-home humidifier can help maintain proper humidity levels and operates in conjunction with the heating system. You’ll find yourself feeling warmer at cooler temperatures in the home which saves money – BONUS!
- Hydration can boost immunity – A hydrated body is a healthier body, so making sure you’re drinking plenty of liquids provides an immune boost. Dry air also causes dryness of the nasal passages and mucus membranes, which makes a person more likely to contract cold and flu viruses.
- An itchy or even bloody nose is a sign that nasal passages are too dry! Consider humidification in your bedroom or better yet your whole home.
- Water helps your style in the winter – Because moisture is an essential component to glowing skin and frizz-free hair, keeping your body and home’s air properly hydrated in the winter will maintain your style regardless of the conditions outdoors.
- Even if you don’t normally use a conditioner, everyone should in the winter. And of course, get out your moisturizers and humidifier.