When you bring up hydration, the first thing that might come to mind is those sticky, perspiration-drenched summer months when all it takes to break a sweat is stepping foot outside. It is true that the more your body sweats, the more necessary water you are losing and will need to replenish or suffer the wrath of dehydration.
Among the key benefits that you receive by keeping your body hydrated are:
- Body temperature regulation
- Infection prevention
- Lubrication for joints
- Mental cognition
- Nutrient delivery to body cells
- Positive mood
- Proper organ functioning
- Sleep quality
But, with so many reasons to remain hydrated, it is important that you maintain this health regime throughout not just the hot summers but the icy winters as well.
Follow these simple steps to how you can stay hydrated this winter.
Cool Mist Humidifier
First things first, you need ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers to keep yourself properly hydrated. Consider a unit that lasts at least two full days straight before it needs to be refilled with more water and able to cover
up to 500 square feet with adjustable intensity settings.
When your skin, throat, and nasal passages are feeling dried out, crank up the humidity levels. You should also turn up your cool mist humidifier when the plants that you keep indoors are at risk of getting dried out.
If you are worried about not being able to get a good night’s sleep when your cool mist humidifier is turned on, not only will you be able to use the 360-degree nozzle to aim the mist near your bed, but you won’t be disturbed by the quiet whisper of the humidifiers sound that is less than 35 dB. Keep the humidity between 40 to 60 percent in order to prevent water accumulation from occurring.
Consume Hydrating Foods
In order for you to keep your hydration up this winter, be sure to eat your share of foods filled with fluids like oranges, celery, yogurt, strawberries, oatmeal, and homemade soups with herbs and vegetables. On the flip side, cut down on fried and processed foods like frozen pizzas, white bread, and potato chips that can steal the moisture right out of your body.
Drink Enough Water
Establishing a daily goal for drinking water in the winter is a simple way to keep yourself hydrated and keep track of how much water you are consuming at the same time. There are water goal apps, or you can do it by hand. As commonly stated in health reports, strive to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Make sure you start drinking your water requirements early enough during the start of your day so that you gain the benefits and that you aren’t stuck trying to cram multiple bottles in at night, leading to waking up throughout the night to use the bathroom.
You can gain your daily water from homemade smoothies, green tea, and the hot chocolate that you drink to stay warm during the winter. Be mindful that alcohol consumption dehydrates you and is a diuretic, meaning that it makes you urinate more often.
More Water When Working Out
Along with having your daily water goals, you need to particularly kick up your water intake a notch when you are engaging in fitness exercises. The more intensely you are sweating, the more hydration for working out you’ll need.
Drink about half a cup of water for every fifteen minutes of exercise in order to rehydrate your body as quickly as you can. Then after your workout has concluded, push to drink one and a half times the fluid you lost while exercising over the following two to six hours post-workout.
Layer Your Clothing
Wear layers of breathable fabrics instead of heavy-duty woolen to minimize water loss caused by perspiration. When you are outside, you will appreciate having layers that you can peel off your body or put back on as the weather changes or your activities cause you to get warmer or colder.
To understand layering your clothing for winter, you should start with a base layer, such as a tee shirt and underwear. Then your middle layer insulates your body to retain heat, such as a sweater or a hoodie. Then your outer layer is generally a coat or jacket that is appropriate for the current temperature to shield you from snow, rain, and wind.
Along with keeping the air in your home moist by using ultrasonic cool mist humidifiers, you can also keep yourself hydrated this cold winter season by eating hydrated food, drinking more water in general, and fueling up with more water when you are working out, along with laying up your clothing when you must endure lower temperatures. Make your winter season a healthy one by staying hydrated.