It’s true that compared to summers and monsoon season the water intake is less during winter due to the temperature which is dropped during the winters. But remember, water is just as important in winter as it is in summer or monsoon.
Dehydration during winters can lead to health issues like headache, acne, fatigue, dizziness, make difficult for your body to digest the food, leads to gain some weight as lack of water intake can confuse between hunger and thirst and end up eating more, etc.
Benefits of staying well-hydrated during winters: regulate weight, boost immunity, help digestion, good and healthy skin, helps you stay warm, etc.
Monitor the color and amount of urine your body is producing. Your urine should be light yellow or clear. If it is darker, drink more water.
Tips to Stay well-hydrated during winters:
- Drink at least 2 – 2 ½ liter of water daily. Choose warm water over cold water. Not necessary to drink water all at one go. Keep sipping water throughout the day. Always carry your bottle of water with you when going out and at work keep it in desk so that you don’t forget to drink during busy working hours.
- Include some seasonal veggies soups in your diet. Veggies like carrots, spinach, etc. also add some garlic and ginger to it to boost your immunity.
- Eat your water. Add water-based fruits and vegetables in your diet during winters. E.g. watermelon, oranges, berries, apples, grapes, tomatoes, lettuce, carrot, celery, cucumber, etc.
- You can also include coconut water, yogurt, lime water, smoothies, green tea in your diet.
- Limit your salt intake in your diet. Instead, use herbs while cooking.
- Avoid fried, processed, sugary, junk food.
- Avoid too much caffeine intake and avoid alcohol, as they have diuretic effects.
Author: Dr. Prabha Acharya, Co-founder Of Global Homeopathy