The weather may be frightful, but outdoor fun this holiday season can be utterly delightful. ‘Tis the season for skating, skiing, hiking, and sledding. While we’re used to hearing about bundling up for the weather, one of the things we often neglect to consider on our winter adventures is staying hydrated.
In fact, it turns out that dehydration actually poses a major risk during the winter months, because without the heat to remind us to drink up, we often don’t get enough liquids to keep us healthy. Here are a few quick tips from our experts at Bethany Village to help you enjoy all your winter fun without the risk:
- Consume warm beverages. If you find a tall glass of ice water unappealing during cold weather, seek out warm herbal tea or hot cider. These give you all the hydration benefits of water without the caffeine or intense sugar rush of coffee or hot chocolate.
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine. Alcohol and caffeine can be fine in moderation, but in the winter months you may want to cut back even further. Drinking beverages containing these chemicals will actually further dehydrate you.
- Eat salty foods. Unless instructed otherwise by your doctor, don’t be afraid to eat a few more salty foods during the winter. These will help you retain more water longer, reducing the amount you need to drink.
- Enjoy soups and stews. Getting enough liquids doesn’t mean you have to drink it all in the form of beverages. Eating more soups, stews, fruits and vegetables can help, too. Everything from bananas and mangos to chicken broth and bean soup can have a positive effect.
- Make hydration a priority. Planning your fluid intake can be just as important as planning your meals. Get into the habit of drinking a glass of water or tea when you wake up, and again before every meal.
Follow these tips, and enjoy the winter season!