Managing Winter Water Intake
While we chug down water in the summer time, H20 is often forgotten once winter rolls around. Thirst is a normal side effect of the summer sun; but in winter, we’re more likely to crave warmth than water.
In reality, our bodies need water 365 days of the year. No matter how hot, cold or mild the weather – hydration is key to our wellbeing.
Water helps to transport vital nutrients through our body, remove waste, hydrate our skin and eyes, regulate blood pressure and even insulate against the cold.
What are the benefits of drinking water in winter?
In summer, we rely on the sun to warm us up. In winter, it’s heaters, fires and lots of warm clothes. Just like the sun, these things heat up our bodies and can lead to dehydration if not coupled with an adequate water intake.
Staying hydrated is important for our body:
- Helps to fight fatigue and headaches.
- Curbs winter weight gain (sometimes dehydration can be confused with hunger).
- Keeps your skin hydrated.
- Prevents bloating.
- Fights constipation.
How much water should I be drinking?
According to the Australian Nutrient Reference Values, adult men should drink 2.6 litres of water per day (around 10 glasses) and adult women should drink 2.1 litres per day (around eight glasses). Young boys and girls need around 6 glasses.
If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding, playing sport, drinking alcohol or working in hot climates it’s advised to increase your intake beyond the recommendations. It also helps to stay in tune with your body – chapped lips, dry cough or mild headache? These are all sighs of dehydration in winter.
Struggling to reach your daily water goal? Try filling up a reusable water bottle and sipping the water slowly. If it’s the cold that’s stopping you, fill up on herbal tea or water-dense vegetables and fruit like raspberries, cucumber and broccoli.