As we stand firm in grips of freezing temperatures across the country, it may feel odd that I choose now to talk about hydration. Drinking a big glass of cold water just doesn’t sound refreshing in sub 20-degree temps. Nevertheless, it is just as important now as any other time of the year and fundamental to maintain a healthy lifestyle. And after a long day of sledding and snow play, my super thirsty sons who forgot to break for water have reminded me how easy its it to forget!!!
Water, warm or cold, helps our body to stay hydrated. Hydrated bodies can properly regulate body temperatures, boost our immune systems by flushing out toxins and virus and it can increase your metabolism helping you to feel fuller for longer and help maintain healthy eating habits during times of weakness (i.e.: parties, snow day boredom). As a mater of fact, a common sign of dehydration is hunger (assuming you’ve not skipped meals). Other signs include headaches, dizziness, thirst, little or no urine or urine that is darker than usual. Check out other signs here.
There are several ways to maintain or increase your water intake. Here are a few of my family’s favorites:
- Straight up water
- Water with lemon, orange or cucumber slices to slightly flavor the water
- Warm cup of green tea or herbal tea
- Raw fruits and veggies! Yes – eat your water! Melons, apples, strawberries, celery, cucumbers and bell peppers are all wonderful sources of water. Check out this link for additional options.
- Pure Performance by Shaklee. Not all electrolyte replacement drinks are created equally. You really need to read labels for caffeine, dies and large amounts of sugar. We prefer Pure Performance electrolyte replacement drink because it is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners and preservatives. This is also a great drink for if cold/flue symptoms start to creep up.
Know this… everyone’s daily intake will vary based on weight and physical activity. But generally speaking, experts recommend ½ your body weight in ounces each day, more if for your level of physical activity is high. Caffeine, soda and alcohol can have the reverse effect on your body so its important to limit intake.
A small tip – carry a reusable water bottle with you throughout the day. Pick one out that you like and fits your personality. Flavor the water with suggestions above to add interest. Order water at restaurants rather than sodas or tea (helps your wallet too!!).